Kensington & Chelsea

Why

Festival of Arts takes to the streets in Kensington and Chelsea

A festival of new work responding to and reflecting the unique environment and character of Kensington and Chelsea 

Artists and spaces come together each summer with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s InTRANSIT Festival. Last year, the festival ran from Friday 18 to Sunday 27 July and provided exciting avenues for people of all ages to explore and enjoy the physical spaces and architecture of the borough. The festival celebrates energetic experimentation and new collaborations in art and performance over ten dazzling days.

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The 2014 programme presented wonderful interpretations of the theme “dwelling in unity” - the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s official motto – and was guest curated by the design and production team O’Neill/Ross whose previous credits include Secret Cinema (2010- 2013),  RPS award-nominated site-specific concert series Imagined Occasions, and many other dance, music and theatre adventures. 

The programme featured new work from well-known arts companies such as Silent Opera, Cardboard Citizens and Hip-Hop Shakespeare, alongside emerging artists presenting bold and observant work in unusual settings across the borough; in a residential show home, amongst library bookshelves and from inside a skip.

InTRANSIT is funded and coordinated by the Council's Arts and Culture Service and was launched in 2007, when the programme took the form of artist-led walking tours around the Royal Borough.  Since then the festival has expanded far beyond this remit, working with an impressive stable of emerging and established artists from Britain and abroad to bring the streets and hidden spaces of Kensington and Chelsea alive each summer.

O'Neill/Ross are currently programming this year's festival so please visit us again in May when this year's programme will go live.