This is a sponsored article on behalf of Westfield.
Shopping giant Westfield is joining the battle of the London postcode this summer, with Westfield Stratford City (E20) and Westfield London (W12) facing off for their six-week We Are LDN summer campaign.
But it’s all just play fighting and friendly fire, as the campaign is about celebrating London’s finest. With a different theme each week, both centres will treat visitors to a variety of free musical performances, dance workshops, culinary demonstrations, children’s activities and more, that show off the talent in our capital.
This time we’re focusing on the first three themes: Music, Dance and Art. But check back in a couple of weeks when we’ll be rounding things off with the Food, Kids and Fashion events on offer.
Music Week (21-27 July)
Daily: West London Talent, Various Stages – Every day this week, West London musicians, choirs, writers and performers will showcase their talents across a variety of stages at Westfield London. The Mayor of London’s annual busking competition will also be taking place during this week so keep an ear out for the capital’s next big thing!
Daily: East London Talent, Chestnut Plaza – East London is also showing off what it’s got, with its own set of talented performers (including musicians, writers, singers and choirs) taking to various stages in the centre. The Mayor of London’s annual busking competition is taking place here too, so get front row to see the undiscovered talent of East London.
24 July, midday: Mini Musicians, Chestnut Plaza - Kids can visit Chestnut Plaza to make their own instruments, learn to play and enjoy sing-alongs with Iced Gems Events.
Dance Week (28 July-3 August)
Daily: West London’s Best, The North Atrium – Watch and participate in the best of West London dance with daily showcases and free workshops.
28 July, 31 July, 1 and 3 Aug, 11am-4pm: Big Dance, The North Atrium – High energy performances and have-a-go workshops from Big Dance at Westfield including street, Brazilian, Jazz and swing.
30 July, 11am-4pm: English National Ballet, The North Atrium – Children can experience the love of dance firsthand with a workshop led by the English National Ballet, featuring the tales of Coppélia, Swan Lake and Nutcracker.
28 July, 30 July, 1 and 2 Aug, 11am-4pm: Big Dance, Ground Floor – Performances and have-a-go workshops from Big Dance take place throughout various days this week, with styles including Bollywood (Mon), Swing (Weds), Hip Hop (Fri) and Battle Day (Sat).
31 July, 11am-midday and 12.30-1.30pm and 2-3pm: English National Ballet, Ground Floor - English National Ballet makes a stop at Westfield Stratford City too, bringing dance workshops for children featuring the tales of Coppélia, Swan Lake and Nutcracker.
3 August, midday: IMD Legion, Ground Floor – Check out East London dance crew, IMD Legion as they show off the talent that made them famous on Got To Dance, Nickelodeon, Ashley Banjo’s Street Crew and CBBC Fridays.
Art Week (4-10 August)
Daily: West Art, The North Atrium- Curated in association with Jack Jones of The London Collection, the exhibition brings together a selection of established and emerging artists to promote the diversity that West London has to offer. The collection will feature a mix of contemporary painting, photography and sculpture.
6 August, 11am-4pm: Kids Arts, The North Atrium – Wednesday 6 August is dedicated to kids’ art in Westfield London. Children of all ages are invited to grab an easel, a beret and a paint brush and hone their skills.
Daily: Live Graffiti, In-Centre – Check out the week long interactive live graffiti artwork supplied by Graffiti Life. Become part of the daily mural or get your own graffiti name tag giveaway.
7 August, 11am-4pm: Kids Arts, Chestnut Plaza – For Westfield Stratford City, it’s kids art day today. Little Picassos can get creative with painting materials and easels provided.
We Are LDN is at Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London until 31 August and is completely free. Check back in a couple of weeks when we’ll be bringing you the activities for Food, Kids and Fashion across both centres.