Aldgate in Winter Festival 2023

Friday 08 December 2023

Aldgate in Winter Festival returned for its seventh year, delivered by Aldgate Connect BID and produced by Lacuna for the second year running.

The festival saw the return of favourites including the Lantern Parade, Community Feast, creative workshops and live performances on the Aldgate Stage. All activities were free and everyone was welcome.

A new addition to the 2023 programme was Postcards from Aldgate, a programme that connected the local community through lovingly designed postcards and written messages, randomly distributed to residents of Aldgate.

The local community took part in creative workshops through December to design the postcards to be distributed to local residents. Each postcard maker was photographed with their postcard, and these photographs formed the Postcards from Aldgate Exhibition. The sessions were delivered in collaboration with London Metropolitan University, by student-artist and designer, Mrs Blues, and student-photgraphers.


All photos, unless otherwise stated © Aldgate Connect BID 2023, photography by Mickey Lee.

Public Lantern Making & Postcards from Aldgate Workshops

Location: St. Botolph-without-Aldgate
12.00 to 5.00pm & 3.00 to 5.00pm

The Aldgate Stage

With performances by Music in Offices, The Aldgate School Choir, K'Z Dance Entertainment Ltd, LED Dance Entertainment Ltd, Sax in the City, and Dabbers.
3.00 to 5.00pm & 6.00 to 7.30pm

Lantern Parade

Led by Drum Works, the Lantern Parade brought together local schools and the community displaying handmade lanterns through the streets of Aldgate. 6.00pm

Postcards from Aldgate Exhibition

Location: Mallon Garden, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LS.

Showcasing the postcards and people from the December community workshops, the Postcards from Aldgate exhibition went live on Monday 8th January until Sunday 14th January in the form of a wall projection at Mallon Gardens, opposite Toynbee Hall’s Community Centre.

Aldgate in Winter Festival is commissioned and delivered by Aldgate Connect BID and produced by Lacuna.

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