Festival of Communities

About the Festival

The Festival is now in its fifth year and is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and over 40 local partner organisations, aiming to build connections across the borough.

10,000 people

have visited the Festival of Communities since it started in 2016

The Festival runs over one weekend, launching in Stepney Green Park on the Saturday and culminating on the Queen Mary campus in Mile End on the Sunday, giving residents the opportunity to explore local and Queen Mary spaces in a unique way.

The activities at the Festival of Communities are designed for local families to learn something new or try something different, and to provide an opportunity to meet and interact with people they haven’t met before. 

The activities showcase the best of health, medical, science, engineering, humanities and social science projects and research from Queen Mary and local organisations and services in Tower Hamlets. These varied activities range from hands-on experiments, sharing stories and views, watching demonstrations and performances and trying out fun new things.

The Festival is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to explore everything that makes Queen Mary and Tower Hamlets a great place and to share ideas for the future.
— Peter McOwan, Principal’s Executive Dean for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, Queen Mary University of London

The Festival is returning on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020.

If you’d like to find out more about what happened in previous years visit our festival highlights page. You can also subscribe to our mailing list for Festival updates.