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Pop-Up London – free culture festival for families in central London this half-term

One of the biggest challenges parents face during school holidays are the cost of keeping their children entertained (45%) and finding fun experiences to suit the whole family (34%) according to research by London & Partners. In response, in the Capital there will be Pop-Up London, a free festival of culture featuring family-friendly outdoor performances across the centre of the city – ideal for keeping your family entertained this half-term.

The festival is taking place in London during October half-term from 23 – 31 October 2021, showcasing some of London’s most imaginative grassroots talent with more than 200 artists performing in more than 100 events across 10 days. With performances including hip hop dance acts, musical comedy, storytelling, puppetry, circus skills, magic shows, and many more, it’s a must-visit destination for families everywhere.

Pop-Up London brings together artists, musicians, and a range of performers from across the city to perform at Spitalfields E1, Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square, and other locations across central London in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Found in Music.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This half term, Pop-Up London offers a fantastic opportunity for families across Britain to visit the centre of our city and enjoy an incredible range of entertainment, for all ages, absolutely free of charge.

“Freelance artists and performers are vital to the success of our world-renowned creative industries, but many have been out of work for months. As London continues to recover from this awful pandemic, Pop Up London will give creatives a platform to perform and give Londoners and visitors yet another reason to make the most of our capital this October.”

Further details of the festival can be found on

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