Watford’s extraordinary open air performance festival returns 29 June – 1 July

Now in its eighth year, much-loved outdoor arts festival Imagine Watford will return in 2018 to transform the streets once again into a place of wonder and excitement, with spectacular theatre, circus, dance and music performances, free for all the family!

Audiences can expect the biggest line-up to date with amazing acrobatics, high-energy hip-hop dance, enchanting children’s theatre, a strong lady, life-size jenga blocks, a wacky weather machine, a tiny town brought to life, a heavy metal marching band, a story shed and all kinds of quirky characters roaming along the Parade! The Friday evening finale always wows audiences with breath-taking visual spectacle and this years will not disappoint, with stunning largescale puppetry and live music in spirited processional event Sense of Unity that will bring communities together in celebration of their town.

Programmed by Watford Palace Theatre, the festival brings world-class acts to the streets of Watford as well as supporting local artists to create new shows. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, prepare to expect the unexpected!

Headline Sponsor GS8 said: ‘Something obvious throughout the country these days is how people feel they lack a sense of community so to see the Imagine Watford Festival in year 8 is fantastic and is very aligned with GS8’s ethos of working with the community. GS8 are delighted to support this exciting festival! Enjoy!’

Nigel Berney, of Headline Sponsor NL Property said: ‘NL Property are delighted to be supporting Imagine Watford. NL Property have been delivering transformational residential, care and commercial developments in London and the South East since 1991. To be involved in supporting such an exciting arts project in Watford is a real privilege.'

Watford Palace Theatre’s Artistic Director, Brigid Larmour, said: ‘Come along and join the crowds for Imagine Watford, our festival of extraordinary free performances on our streets! We’ve got another amazing line-up. We hope you and your family and friends will join us this year, and make Imagine Watford a regular part of your summer.’

Events take place on The Parade, Watford. All events are free and do not require a ticket.

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