Festivals and events

From Chinese New Year to St George’s Day and World Environment Day to Piccadilly Circus Circus, at the GLA we support a great variety of Londonwide cultural events and celebrations. The Mayor is committed to ensuring that London continues to build on its international reputation for hosting world class events and festivals, and we welcome new ideas.

See our Festivals and Celebrations listing for details of events coming up
 

About the Mayor's events programme

The Mayor commissions a range of events on Trafalgar Square and in strategic venues across the capital to celebrate the culture and communities of London. Often these events are organised in partnership with established groups or organisations, which in turn provide financial, programming or other forms of support to make the staging of such events possible. More information on individual events happening over the next 12 months can be found on these pages.

As the strategic authority for London, we occasionally support non-GLA led events which we think will contribute to the Mayor's strategic objectives. This support is either in-kind, or, in a limited number of cases, financial, but we do not operate a grant giving system where funds can be regularly applied for.

We do not fund individual local or borough-wide events unless there is a strong Londonwide or strategic link to Mayoral priorities. We also consider use of Trafalgar Square for commercial events (subject to a venue hire fee) and assess applications for demonstrations and protests on the square.

Our events programme is managed by the Events for London team who can be contacted on events@london.gov.uk.