Ever since the London Festival of Architecture started in 2004, we’ve been a champion of the architecture and the architects of our great city. The weeks and months ahead are clearly going to be challenging times for everyone. Come June we think our role in championing the sector will be more critical than ever before.
If at all possible, we still want the festival to take place, perhaps across a longer period over the summer, to celebrate the amazing work that our community has done and continues to do. With lots of us increasingly confined to our buildings, we are all going to be even more receptive to the power and importance of good design.
We recognise however that there may need to be some changes to the way the festival is delivered this year. We are currently listening to our major sponsors –the people and organisations without whom the festival could not financially happen. Please don’t hesitate to send us your thoughts too. We will then be in touch with a fuller update.
In the meantime, we are increasing flexibility for all LFA event organisers. We have postponed our Curation Panel that was scheduled for 25th March. All events currently in the system will shortly be editable to allow you to make any changes to your events as the situation develops. We are also removing the late entry fee meaning new events can be submitted for free if you develop new ideas.
We hope this means that event organisers can maintain a degree of flexibility in their festival events. We will provide more information and support in good time to allow people to finalise their events before publication.
We firmly believe in our role in supporting our industry and allowing visitors and Londoners to celebrate, enjoy and engage with architecture and the city, and we will continue to champion, support and celebrate.
Our competitions also continue and we’re looking forward to unveiling many exciting installations by some of London’s best creative talent over the summer. We also have a number of exciting competitions coming up – keep an eye on our website.
Update 18 March 2020.