Islington’s Word2018 Festival returns next month, an event which celebrates the power of words, writing, and reading to enrich lives and improve mental health and wellbeing.  

First held in 2012, the festival, which will run from 1st – 30th June, will consist of a diverse programme of workshops, events and activities which explore – and aim to engender – the love of reading and writing for its own sake.  

Dance, music and live performance will also feature as part of the festival, as will art, circus, rap and poetry. There will even be a celebration of local football club Arsenal F.C with poet and performer Paul Lyalls.  

Other key activities to be included in the festival are the launch event, Book End No.1, which will be held at the Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell and feature an exhibition of portraits of artists associated with Key Changes and a live performance, a series of workshops at various libraries hosted by in-house writers, and an Essence of Welcome exhibition will be held at South Library in honour of Refugee Week.  

There will also be activities for families, and events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s first circus.   

Of the festival, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Cllr Asima Shaikh, said: “This year’s fantastic Word2018 Festival is a celebration of how reading and writing transforms lives.” 

“From story-telling sessions and poetry to circus sessions and dance, there is a huge range of mostly free activities across Islington for all ages”.   

A partnership project, Islington’s Word2018 Festival is produced by All Change, an enterprise which seeks to promote the role of the arts in society and within communities, and the transformative, life-enhancing role the arts can play in our lives through the organisation of cross-artform projects.  

For more information on the Word2018 Festival, click below: 

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