A brightly coloured city scape in blue yellow and pink sits above a green park.


Sat 3 Jul

11am – 7pm: Shillington Gardens, Wandsworth

The Inside-Out Collective presents ‘Free Up Festival’.

A chance to get back to community living. 

Free Up Festival is a culmination of events in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, mental health and COVID-19.  Located in the heart of the infamous Shillington Gardens Wandsworth, this festival will provide a platform for young creatives to showcase the incredible diversity and innovation in the area, whilst giving you an opportunity to see heaps of amazing talent. 

Boasting creative activities,  live podcast discussions, screenings from local filmmakers and interactive workshops, the festival will culminate with the opportunity for residents to take part in a life-sized installation of crime-prevention board game Life Is What U Make It; an activity focused on opening up intergenerational discussion on issues facing the community.

The event will be a celebration of connection, bringing people together in positive circumstances.

Created with support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Arts Council England, Culture Seeds, Wandsworth Crime Prevention Panel & Battersea Arts Centre.

Part of our Wild Times Season


The Inside-Out Collective is a group of five young local creatives; Sydney Sylvah, Isatou Ceesay, Danielle Honger, Teasha Louis-D and Jessica Nelson.

The all-female collective is passionate about providing events, workshops and discussions that respond to our community’s needs in Wandsworth, and providing a platform to highlight issues faced by young people in creative ways.


Life Is What U Make It is a creation by 20 year old game designer & artist Osmond Gordon Vernon. 

Set against Osmond’s home of the Winstanley Estate, the game was originally developed as a project on The Agency in 2014. Since then, the project has grown and served as a learning tool in communities and schools, educating young people on the disadvantages of gang culture and crime. 


This event takes place in person and will be socially-distanced.


  • This event takes place mostly outside.
  • There will be a BSL interpreter available for Life Is What U Make It.

The festival will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave an event at the festival at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.

Further Information

Pre-show information