Tuesday 12 May 2015 – Media Release

Crossrail Place Gardens ‘Bloom’: Community performance programme launched at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group is pleased to announce a new partnership with ‘The Space’ performing arts centre to deliver a summer of performance and activity in the amphitheatre at recently opened Crossrail Place gardens. The programme of free events and workshops for the local community is called ‘Bloom’ and will offer residents in Tower Hamlets the opportunity to take part in and enjoy a wide variety of theatre in a brand new setting at Canary Wharf.

Nestled in the gardens on top of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, the 50 seater amphitheatre and surrounding gardens will be used by performers to ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike and to encourage audience participation.

To launch the partnership we are excited to share details of ‘Early Bloom’, the first in a series of Community Arts Festivals this year. On 16th and 17th May the gardens will be brought to life by local dance, performance and musical groups, truly celebrating the talents of Tower Hamlets. Among the groups confirmed are Embrace Dance, George Greens School, The Isle of Dogs Choir and SpaceWorks.

Zakir Khan, Head of Community Affairs for Canary Wharf Group said: “We want the performance space to be a special place which is truly accessible to local people. To make this happen we approached The Space which has delivered top quality performance and events in the borough for over 18 years. We are working closely with them, utilizing their expertise and local knowledge to deliver a first class programme of activity this summer.” 

Adam Hemming, Manager at the Space Theatre added: “We have tried to develop a programme that anyone can engage with, whether they want to simply watch a show, try their hand at acting or if they are part of an established local group which would like to perform in this fabulous new performance space. The Crossrail Place Gardens are a unique location and it will be very exciting to see what this inspiring environment evokes in people.”

Details of the ’Full Bloom’ programme are as follows:

Community Arts Festivals

An opportunity to showcase budding local performers

In May and August, local artists will join together in music, dance, theatre and performance for a free celebration of the arts involving the east London community.

From 12 noon:
Early Bloom – 16 and 17 May
Late Bloom – 22 and 23 August

Individual performances
Free performances
A range of special guest artists will be invited to provide high-quality, free performances for the community to enjoy
Thursdays at 7pm on:
21 and 28 May
30 July and 6 August

Family shows
For families with children of all ages
Saturdays at 2pm on:
23 and 30 May
1 and 8 August

Original Works 
A resident theatre company will take root in June and July, creating three pieces of theatre with supplementary workshops and activities.  All performances and workshops will be free for the wider community around Canary Wharf to enjoy.

Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm from 18 June to 25 July inclusive

If you would like to be involved in the community arts festival, attend workshops or check performance dates please visit www.canarywharf.com for further details.


Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Canary Wharf Group press office: 020 7418 2000 or pressoffice@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (“Canary Wharf Group” or the “Company”) is an iconic London real estate business which has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe. We design, build and manage a unique set of assets to serve local and international companies, renowned retailers and some of the UK’s most exciting technology startups.

Our vision is to create truly great places where people want to work, live and relax. Over the past 25 years we have developed 17 million square feet of London’s disused docklands into one of the world’s foremost business districts, with more than 10 million square feet to come. Canary Wharf is home to the global and regional headquarters of leading names in law, banking, financial and professional services, media and technology.

The Canary Wharf Estate is fast evolving into one of London’s most exciting hubs. Alongside high quality offices for established companies, our status as a major retail destination including five shopping malls, Level39, Europe’s most influential financial technology accelerator, and the Cognicity smart cities technology initiative, we will soon deliver a major residential building programme, providing thousands of new homes for Londoners. Outside of Canary Wharf, the Group has a stake in the 20 Fenchurch Street (‘Walkie Talkie’) development in the City of London and in the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank. We are in the business of place-making and continue to create cityscapes of and for the future.

We employ over 1000 people and there is a working population at Canary Wharf of 105,000 people. The arrival of Crossrail trains in 2017/2018 will strengthen the resilience of the existing transport infrastructure, doubling capacity and cutting journey times into central London and further afield. It will take 39 minutes to get to Heathrow airport, while City airport is just 10 minutes away.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between the Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners, two of the world’s largest funds and commercial real estate companies. The Group was acquired in March 2015 and as part of this process, Songbird, the former majority owner of Canary Wharf Group, delisted from the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.

The Canary Wharf Group board of directors consists of ten directors; two executive directors, and four non-executive directors from QIA and Brookfield respectively.


About The Space
The Space is a performing arts and community centre based in a converted church on the Isle of Dogs, East London.  Run by St Paul’s Arts Trust, we’re committed to providing a broad range of events and opportunities for new performers of all kinds.

We programme a year-round, exciting mixture of theatre including classics, revivals, new writing and alternative theatre.  Our home-grown theatre productions are supplemented by exciting visiting theatre companies and we host over 200 events per year.  The venue has received ten Off-West End Award nominations, six of which for in-house company, Space Productions.

SpaceWorks, our community theatre company, provides regular weekly workshops in performance for 6-9 year olds 10-13 year olds and adults.  We also provide training in a wide range of technical theatre and arts administration skills.

We deliver creative development opportunities for emerging artists, festivals and special events www.space.org.uk