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Inside Out

Celebrate arts and culture in Westminster this Summer.

Throughout August 2023, we invited you to explore the vibrant art and culture scene in the streets and open spaces across Westminster. At this year's Inside Out free outdoor festival, there were inspiring guided walks, dance and drama shows, workshops, music and more, with something to delight everyone. 


Inside Out events

The National Gallery
Image of a group of people in a park lead by a tour guide pointing upwards.
Four men playing 2 saxophones, one cello and a guitar

Summer on the Square

Hosted by the National Gallery, throughout August 2023

A free, vibrant summer festival in Trafalgar Square to reimagine the art experience at the National Gallery, widening access to the collection and opening its interpretation to more diverse and local audiences. Summer on the Square - a programme of free daily creative sessions and activities to inspire you to create your own masterpieces.

Location: North Terrace, Trafalgar Square

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Wonderful Westminster

Hosted by the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers’ Association

Join a free walk with a qualified City of Westminster guide. Throughout the month, there were 24 daytime, evening, lunchtime, or weekend walks to explore your neighbourhood in a new way which transformed participant's understanding of familiar streets and areas.

Date: 1 to 31 August

Fitzrovia Fete

Hosted by Fitzrovia Community Centre

A wonderful day out filled with free activities to be enjoyed by all. From street performances to art workshops, play, dance, and have fun browsing stalls selling art, clothes and food. Our community partners and volunteers provided workshops and activities.

Date: 13 August, midday to 4pm

Location: Fitzrovia Community Centre, 2 Foley Street, W1W 6DL

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ENO walking tour
Three plasticine images of Gromit to dog
Woman in orange dancing outside Summerset House, in the fountain

ENO’s Gilbert and Sullivan Walking Tour

Hosted by The English National Opera

The English National Opera ran a unique guided walking tour of Victorian London, encountering the music, operettas and history of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Location: The D’Oyly Carte Monument, Victoria Embankment Gardens, WC2R 0BP

Wallace and Gromit visit Westminster

Hosted by the Cartoon Museum

This year is the 30th anniversary of Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. The Cartoon Museum and Aardman’s own model-makers ran a create-your-own Gromit out of plasticine masterclass.

Location: Leicester Square

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Counterpoint at Somerset House

Hosted by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

A group of 22 powerful women danced a duet with the iconic fountains of Somerset House in Counterpoint, created by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and inspired by the stunning neoclassical architecture of the courtyard. 

Location: Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

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Youth Dance and Carnival Community Festival
The Photographers Gallery
Image of 5 girls dressed in black dancing

Youth Dance and Carnival Community Festival: Paddington

Hosted by Paddington Arts

A chance to experience the beats and rhythm of the carnival and dance the afternoon away with our friendly community.

Date: 10 August

Location: Paddington Central

Climate Conversations in Soho Photography Quarter

Hosted by The Photographers' Gallery

An afternoon of talks by a range of inspiring speakers, inviting personal commitments to combatting climate change. Speakers include Aryo Feldman, Cllr Ryan Jude, Amber Hayward and more.  

Date: 26 August

Location: 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW

Youth Dance and Carnival Community Festival: Maida Hill

Hosted by Paddington Arts

An afternoon of music, dancing and summertime vibes in Maida Hill.

Date and time: 20 August, 1 to 7pm

Location: Maida Hill Place

image of man jumping with his arms behind him as part of the Cork Street Festival
Westminster Abbey
Image of Westminster Abbey

Cork Street Carnival: an Afro-Cuban Street Party

Hosted by Frieze

Frieze’s No.9 Cork Street gallery hosted a street party, promising a packed programme of Afro-Cuban music, dancing and food and the chance for visitors to see Mayfair in a fresh new light.

Date: 5 August

Location: Cork Street

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Treasured Tales of the Abbey - Family Story Saturdays

Hosted by Westminster Abbey.

Olivia Armstrong, one of London’s most prolific storytellers, took us into a world of stories in our specially commissioned Story Tent that was suitable for children of all ages. 

Date: Saturday Mornings 29 July until 2 September

Treasured Tales of the Abbey - Wednesday Night Stories

Hosted by Westminster Abbey.

Our story tent hosted a curated series of outdoor storytelling events designed for adults. Bring your friends, family, or even a date for a night filled with imagination and wonder.

Date: 2 until 31 August

Location: Story Tent in Dean’s Yard

Image of a statue holding up a sign saying 'courage calls, to courage everywhere'
John Nash wearing a dark blue top hat and tails in front of Marble Arch. He is standing with a woman who is holding a map.
The Church Street Mask Project

Women and Power in Westminster

Hosted by History Speak

How do women exercise power in public spaces? This walking tour explored the legacies of women who defended and challenged the status quo to create the world we live in today.

Date: 1 to 31 August

Location: Parliament Square and Whitehall

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Discover Marble Arch with John Nash

Hosted by Marble Arch

Marble Arch London Business Improvement District launched a series of free character-led talks around Marble Arch. Steeped in history, the district is home to one of London’s most famous monuments and is often associated with free speech and protest, as well as playing host to many Royal processions.

Date: 1 to 19 August

Location: Marble Arch

The Church Street Mask Project

Hosted by the Dende Collective

Make a mask and learn how to bring it to life in these drop-in classes in August at the Penfold Community Hub for those over the age of 18.

Date: 1 to 31 August

Location: Penfold Community Hub, NW8 8PJ

Union Dance
A wide shot of Saint James's Square with lots of greenery and a statue of William the third on horseback in the centre
Queens Park Community Council

Union Sound Open Air and Inside Out Workshops

Hosted by Union Dance Trust Ltd

A celebratory dance, giving a voice to a collective of young emerging Westminster musicians, collaborating with professional young dancers, and creating a moving and captivating performance.

Date: 13 August

Location: St Martins-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Sq, WC2N 4JJ

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Hidden St James's

Hosted by Jermyn Street Theatre

Step out of the day-to-day and steal a moment of imagination by stepping through time into stories of this place. Access the audio installation via your phone by scanning the QR codes in St James’s Church garden.

Date: 1 to 31 August

Location: Jermyn Street

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QPCC Summer Programme

Hosted by Queens Park Community Council

A cultural programme of workshops, events and performances for young people, families and over 50s living in Queen's Park, Westminster.

Date: 2 to 25 August

Location: Queen's Park Garden

Strand Aldwych summer social
The Artist's Garden
The Photographers' Gallery

Strand Aldwych Summer Social

The first-ever Summer Social brought together local artists and communities for a day of joy and celebration on the newly pedestrianised Strand Aldwych. There was roller skating by Keep It Rollin' led by artist Tyreis Holder, and drop in for face painting, interactive games and activities for all the family.

Date: 5 August

Location: Strand Aldwych, WC2R 1ES

The Artist's Garden

The Artist's Garden is a half-acre Westminster public open space on top of Temple tube station transformed into a sculpture garden for women artists. It is showing Holly Hendry's first London commission Slackwater until September 2024.

Date: Open daily from 8am until dusk.

Location: On the roof of Temple Tube London WC2R 2PH

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Climate Conversations - Exhibition

Hosted by The Photographers' Gallery.

See works from his Drowning World and Burning World series of photographs, alongside a newly commissioned moving image work, in a free outdoor exhibition.

Date: All of August

Location: 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW