Festival Embassy

  • Alice Sewell

Festival Embassy was a series of micro-festivals at The House of St Barnabas, in the heart of London’s Soho.

A trilogy of festivals curated in partnership with founding members of the not-for-profit club; Rob da Bank, founder of Bestival, Gilles Peterson, founder of Worldwide Festival, and with Tom Baker's Eat Your Own Ears, producers of Field Day.

The festivals also saw the launch of a pay it forward ticket scheme. For every ticket bought, another was offered to someone who could not have afforded one, opening access to culture, live music, and the not-for-profit members' club. Tickets were distributed to graduates of the Employment Academy, Soho residents, and people supported by organisations that partner with The House of St Barnabas.

I secured organisational support and a budget for the project, and was responsible for production, marketing and communications.

The House of St Barnabas and Bestival present Festival Embassy

25th March 2016
The House of St Barnabas presents Festival Embassy with Bestival.
The wonderous world of Bestival, with its spirit of discovery and adventure that inspires peace, love and dancing, is coming to Soho and you won't want to miss it.
A taste of Bestival in the heart of London’s Soho will bring rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, renowned and emerging DJs and much more, to our unique Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and secluded courtyard garden
13:30 - 14:30 Lulu Le Vay 14:30 - 16:00 Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx) 16:00 - 17:00 Rob da Bank 17:00 - 19:00 Jonny X (Stevie Wonderland) 19:00 - 20:00 DJ Shepdog 20:00 - 21:00 Secorcee 21:00 - 23:00 Goldierocks 23:00 - 02:00 Nick Gabriel
THE CHAPEL OF ST BARNABAS Live Music 17:00 - 17:15 Halia Jack 17:25 - 17:50 Bud 18:00 - 18:20 Mary Epworth 18:30 - 19:00 Will Varley
It’s not just about the music…
Carly Grace Sound Bath 12pm - 1pm | Start the day by loving you. Join Carly for her drop-in Sound Bath to let go of all your worries and open into a deep space of peace.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Brunch 1pm – 2:30pm | Brunch like a Ghanaian! For full details see below.
Tie Dye Workshop 3pm – 5pm | Join the team of crafters from The New Craft House in our garden for some tie dye magic!
Mother’s Day Card Making 4pm – 6pm | Drop in and show your mum some love by making her an extra-special card for mother's day! Expect lots of colour and glitter!

The House of St Barnabas and Eat Your Own Ears present Festival Embassy

6th May 2016
The House of St Barnabas are proud to present Festival Embassy, an evening of entertainment curated with Eat Your Own Ears, bringing the feel and atmosphere of London’s much loved Field Day.
Discover dazzling acoustic music in a gothic Chapel and dance in a secret garden to live DJ sets at this magical micro-festival in a historic townhouse in London’s Soho.
Bristol-based singer and songwriter Stevie Parker says, “As a musician I feel it is a moral responsibility to promote equal opportunities. It's a tough world scarce of opportunity out there for most musicians, let alone the homeless.”
The Invisible
Jagwar Ma
Field Day DJs
Martin Creed
James Yorkston
Stevie Parker
It’s not just about the music…
Film Screening of Les Blank’s documentary on Leon Russell ‘A Poem is A Naked Person’.

The House of St Barnabas and Worldwide Festival present Festival Embassy

20th May 2016
The House of St Barnabas are proud to present Festival Embassy, an evening of entertainment curated with Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, transporting the globally minded musical get-together from the South of France to the heart of Soho for one evening only.
Jake from Upstairs
Ruby Savage
Selassie TBC
Leanne Wright
Sophie Callis
Will LV
Mali Hayes
Yazmin Lacey
Three Body Trio
It’s not just about the music…we're bringing you a delicious taste of the South of France!
Chef Ed Wilson of East London neighbourhood favourite Brawnhas collaborated with Head Chef Nick Wyborn at The House of St Barnabas to create a French-seaside inspired menu which will be served street-food style in our delightful courtyard, bringing the flavours of Worldwide Festival to guests for one special night.