Back for its tenth year, InTRANSIT Festival is recognised as one of the most exciting, relevant and surprising highlights of London’s arts calendar. Its varied programme of theatre, dance, art and music events will take over the streets and buildings of Kensington and Chelsea this June. The theme this year is:

‘Strange Bedfellows: The Attraction of Opposites’.

The festival responds to current issues and puts local residents at the heart of commissioning.

InTRANSIT 2016 highlights include:
Portobello Pavilion – Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 June, 10am-8pm, Powis Square W11
Building on the success of last year’s Art|House, the Portobello Pavilion is a temporary structure in Powis Square, which houses free arts workshops for all ages throughout the festival. This year the Pavilion explores ‘Places Where People Live’. The structure, which has been conceived by artist Arabella Dorman, replicates the communal buildings found in the Calais and Dunkirk migrant camps. Inside, the Pavilion Team has devised creative activities that encourage dialogue around planning, regeneration and social housing, in addition to supper-time conversations with special guests.
Adrift – Monday 20 June, 7.30pm, a secret location, South Kensington
Soloists from the London Contemporary Orchestra return to a secret site-specific location to participate in the creation of another groundbreaking immersive concert, which features over 50 local singers, composer Haris Kittos, and his composition students from the Royal College of Music. This unmissable live performance installation marks Refugee Week and explores the trials and tribulations of the human spirit as it struggles with adversity and isolation.

Carnival Journeys – Saturday 25 June, 2.30pm and 4pm, Colville Gardens W11
An outdoor performance inspired by the traditions of Commedia dell’Arte. Devised by local
theatre creators, working with directors from acclaimed theatre company Complicité and
supported by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Love Clock – Saturday 18 June, 12 noon, Dove House Green, King’s Road, SW3
Make sure you are in Chelsea when the clock strikes 12. Chelsea Arts Collective presents dancers and musicians in a jubilant and irreverent flash performance, which showcases different types of artists as pairs of opposites. Presented as a precursor to the nation-wide Big Dance, Love Clock puts a fresh spin on the Collective’s ongoing aim to devise thoughtful, diverting and inclusive cultural engagement across Kensington and Chelsea and beyond.
Copies of the festival fold-out programme can be picked up locally from Kensington and Chelsea
libraries, the town halls, and local arts venues including The Tabernacle and Chelsea Theatre.
To view the full InTransit programme, please visit

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John Bowles
John Bowles, having started his career on Australian variety television at the age of ten, had notched up 300 hours of live national TV by the age of sixteen. As an adult he has gone on to star in many theatrical productions such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He has produced, directed and written for television but admits his favourite role is as presenter, and he relishes the opportunity to talk to interesting show business people and tell their stories.