City of London Festival 2013


This year’s City of London takes place from June 23 to July 26, offering an array of music, dance, art, film, poetry, family and participation events.


The event has three themes this year: “conflict and resolution”, “city walls” and “trees”. The squares and gardens of the City will be filled with a diverse programme of music, street theatre, circus and dance, free for all to enjoy. There will also be a programme of walks, talks and debate, plus special concerts in venues including St Paul’s Cathedral.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • The Mobile Orchard. Part installation, part living orchard, part performance platform, the orchard will visit various locations throughout the festival.
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Lunchtime Recitals (June 25 to July 10, Tuesday-Friday, 1.05pm-1.55pm): Senior Guildhall musicians give free lunchtime recitals of song, piano and chamber music, in various churches.
  • Festival Children’s Parade (June 28, 12.45pm-1.30pm). A thousand young people will process through the City in a vibrant display of music, dance, sculpture and puppetry.
  • Irish Roots (June 30, 12pm-6pm). A family day on Hampstead Heath with plenty of Irish-inspired activities.
  • Music in Guildhall Yard (July 1-5, Monday-Friday, 12.30pm-2pm; Wednesday-Friday, 5.30pm-7pm). A week of live music in the heart of the City.

London Symphony Orchestra (July 8, 8pm). The orchestra performs at St Paul’s Cathedral, in a concert that reflects the paradoxes of war and peace and celebrates the transformative power of words and music. It features works by Britten, Arvo, Strauss and Barber.

Honey Feast (July 26, 12pm-2pm). If you like honey, come to Paternoster Square and sample this year’s produce from the bees from City hives.