The Emerge Festival in 2019

Over two nights in September, Emerge Festival saw a creative kaleidoscope of events take over 11 London Boroughs.

With one ticket, Emerge people had access to all the night’s venues and some of the best breakthrough artists in town. Their stage? Dozens of the capital’s iconic buildings from Tower Bridge’s glass walkway to The Design Museum’s paraboloid hall.

We curated nine jam-packed circuits to enthral wristband holders from dusk to the early hours.

In 2021 we published a report about the role of the Emerge Festival and other evening programmes in reaching underrepresented communities. Read more about the report and download here.   

So what happened?

We showcased London’s electrifying emerging talent.

From deep house DJs and neo-soul bands to afrobeat and open mic jams, Emerge was a bona fide festival pick n’ mix bringing together some of London’s most electrifying new talent. Think sonic kaleidoscopes at the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall and you’re starting to get the idea. Also amidst the eclectic array: an aristocrat’s scandal-themed soiree, an escape room, a theatrical demonstration of a Victorian amputation and much more.

There was one ticket for all the artists and venues on Friday, Saturday or both nights.

Emerge was an 18+ event.

The Festival’s Values

Open to everyone

Emerge was an exciting celebratory festival model for communities and audiences everywhere.

Champion the alternative spirit

We’re adventurous, creative, and open-minded.

Celebrate Diversity

We’re committed to equality programming, reflective of the diversity of the audience and the personality of the venues.

Be true to the place it is in

We built new connections between communities, venues, artists and businesses.

Why Emerge Festival?

Emerge was UK charity Culture24’s festival of night-time events, Lates, in museums, galleries, historic houses, visual arts venues and more.

The concept was based on findings from Culture24’s Culture of Lates Research Reports (2018).

Culture24 is grateful to Nesta’s Arts Impact Fund for investing in the Emerge Festival: read their case study here.






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