2018 is a fantastic time for Waltham Forest and its residents ahead of becoming the first ever London Borough of Culture in 2019, and HighTide Festival was thrilled to return to Walthamstow for a second year of world-class live performance at affordable prices. At the heart of our festival was brand new theatre by the hottest emerging talent, several of whom are Waltham Forest residents. Building on incredible demand from our inaugural year, we presented an expanded family programme to keep young people (and their parents) thoroughly entertained.
In addition to our contemporary theatre and family shows, we presented the first ever Stars Over The Forest, our talent showcase for young artists making waves in the borough; a sneak preview of Lil.Miss.Lady, a theatre-meets-rave concept exploring British Grime music and female MCs; big comedy names including The Horne Section and Phil Wang; music from all female group TRILLS; play readings of newly commissioned works, intimate gigs in the back of a van with Soul in the Van, late night comedy nights and loads more!
Our Festival Hub in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens was a hive of activity where our audiences could enjoy food, coffee, our bar, and live music programmed at various times throughout the Festival.