Southwark Festival of Words

Coming soon! The Southwark Festival of Words, a literary festival for all ages across local libraries, is back from 15 to 22 June 2024. This year our theme is Stories From Around the World, a fantastic mix of poets, storytellers, artists and spoken word.

Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Cultural Celebrations Fund 2024 to 2025

This fund will support a number of outdoor events across the borough between 1 May 2024 and 31 March 2025. There is up to £95,000 funding available. 

*The total fund amount is subject to confirmation during the council’s annual budget setting process.

Applicants have the opportunity to apply for up to £10,000, although please note that if applications are successful, the amount of funding awarded to applicants may differ from the amount requested.

  • The fund is open from 9am on Monday 11 December 2023 and closes at 9am on Wednesday 24 January 2024
  • Applicants who are shortlisted for funding will be invited to attend an interview on 12 February 2024 between 9am and 5pm
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 14 February 2024

Applications can be made using the council’s online Grant Manager portal

If you would like a copy of the application form to draft your responses before submitting them on the portal, please contact the Events Team.

Please read the Application Guide carefully before starting your application.



Application stage

11 December 2023

Fund opens for applications at 9am

9-18 January 2024

Applicant 1-2-1 sessions

24 January

Fund closes for applications at 9am

2 February

Clarification questions are sent to applicants

5 February

Deadline for applicants to respond to clarification questions

8 February

Shortlisted applicants are invited to interview

12 February

Interviews take place between 9am and 5pm*

14 February

Successful applicants are provisionally notified

Late Feb - early March

Formal decision making process takes place

Mid-late March

Formal decision published and funding confirmed

1 May 2024

Event delivery period starts

31 March 2025

Event delivery period ends

Page last updated: 05 April 2024

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