Watford’s extraordinary open air performance festival returns for sixth year

Imagine Watford returns to the streets for its sixth spectacular year.

Published: Tuesday, 14th June 2016

Imagine Watford, a free two week festival of national and internationally acclaimed street art and performance of the highest quality, is taking place from Friday 24 June – Sunday 3 July.

Programmed by Watford Palace Theatre and funded by Watford Borough Council, the festival transforms Watford Town Centre into a place of wonder and excitement with its biggest and best line up to date. From enthralling dance performances to breathtaking acrobatics, interactive children’s theatre to Crazy Bikes (back by popular demand!), there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s heart-stopping finale is The Bell presented by Periplum, an intensely immersive theatrical featuring dynamic promenade action, mobile structures, pyrotechnics, stilts, aerial performance and soaring music.

Other Festival highlights include two brand new Watford Palace commissions, The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon (Human Zoo Theatre) and Step Ladder and a Goat (Kate Flatt, Watford Palace Theatre creative associate), along with an additional two co-commissions between Watford Palace Theatre, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Lyric Hammersmith and Latitude Festival, The Little Gardener (How It Ended) and Home (Hikapee).

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: 'Imagine Watford is always a big dazzling extravaganza right in the centre of our bustling town, and we’re glad it’s returning again this year. I can’t wait to see some of the performances!'

Watford Palace Theatre’s Artistic Director, Brigid Larmour, said: ‘Join the hundreds of thousands of people – in families, with friends, or by themselves – who have enjoyed Imagine Watford since it began six years ago, and make this very special event a regular part of your summer’.

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

Visit imaginewatford.co.uk for full details, and follow @imagine_watford on Twitter for live updates.

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