Wembley Park, London’s world-famous entertainment district, is proud to announce the return of its unique 13-week sporting and culture themed summer programme called Summer of Play, launching on the 4th June, 2021.
Wembley Park will kick off summer 2021 with a stellar line-up of free, family-friendly events, including live music, public art trails, open-air sporting and exercise, and outdoor film screenings for locals, residents and visitors. All of which will take place in the spacious pocket parks and pedestrianised boulevards of the North-West London neighbourhood, including on the iconic and newly expanded Olympic Way, which this year will serve as the gateway to the UEFA European Championship tournament taking place at Wembley Stadium.
The world-famous Wembley Stadium will host a total of eight matches this June and July. All three of England’s UEFA EURO games in group D will take place at Wembley Stadium. First up are Croatia on 13th June, before the Three Lions face Scotland on 18th June. The group stage will conclude against the Czech Republic on 22nd June. The winners of group D will play their last-16 tie at Wembley Stadium on 29th June. The semi-final and final matches will also be played at Wembley Stadium on the 6th, 7th and 11th July, respectively.
Complementing the match schedule inside the Stadium, and building on Wembley Park’s previous summer cultural programmes, Summer of Play is set to enrich the overall experience and ambience for Stadium ticket holders, as well as local residents, workers and visitors to Wembley Park’s al fresco dining destinations, which include London’s largest BOXPARK, Bread Ahead and Pasta Remoli.
Just 12 minutes from Baker Street, Wembley Park is North West London’s cultural hotspot and is renowned for its music, sports and entertainment legacy. Previous partnerships with world-renowned cultural bodies have included the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, UK Asian Film Festival, as well as Wembley Park’s soon-to-be cultural anchor tenant Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Josh McNorton, Cultural Director at Wembley Park, said: “Summer 2021 has been a long time in the planning, and to launch our summer cultural programme amid the UEFA EUROS taking place at the National Stadium, which is in the heart of Wembley Park, has provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate what Wembley Park is famous for – unforgettable experiences. The combination of the matches and our cultural line-up offers visitors the perfect opportunity to explore Wembley Park in an exciting new way. This year’s theme is to inspire and unleash the potential of creative talent in music, visual arts and sport while bringing Londoners together to ‘play’ in Wembley Park. The 13-week programme will give people from all over the capital and beyond, access to inspiring art, music and the rich diversity Wembley Park has to offer, over the entire summer season.”
SUMMER OF PLAY 2021: WHAT’S ON
WHAT: WEMBLEY PARK LIVE
Pop-Up Live Music.
Kicking off the schedule of events this summer will be the community-led Wembley Park Livemusic programme, in partnership with Found in Music’s Busk in London, and supported by Mayor of London. From 4th June, visitors will be treated to an array of pop-up live music performances at Wembley Park’s new, showstopping Bandstand, which was designed by famed architects Flanagan Lawrence. Performers on the bandstand will include soloists and duos from the Busk in London roster; talented musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Brent-grown talent. Music will range from easy-listening and folk to jazz, classical, showtunes and pop favourites.
When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Friday 4 June – Sunday 27 August 2021.
Friday: 3pm-5pm, 5pm-7pm.
Saturday: 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm.
Sunday: 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm.
Where: The Bandstand on Olympic Way and Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley Park.
WHAT: INTERNATIONAL BUSKING DAY – 25th JULY
Returning to Wembley Park for its third year, International Busking Day is a popular free and family-friendly day-long celebration of pop-up music and street performances, supported by the Mayor of London and featuring performances by international and home-grown grassroots talent.
Committed to nurturing creative talent and the performing arts industry, Wembley Park will launch the Wembley Park Live Academy, a mentoring scheme for emerging musicians, which aims to teach, mentor and employ 10 North West London locals, culminating in paid performances at Wembley Park’s International Busking Day,now in its third year in the neighbourhood since relocating from Trafalgar Square.
Shortlisted applicants of the scheme will have the opportunity to attend an ‘Academy Day’ at The Yellow, Wembley Park’s community centre, events space, learning hub and fitness spot, where they will be given performance training, personalised coaching, and taught key industry skills. Blackstar, the renowned creators of musical equipment, are partnering with Wembley Park to provide applicants with key insights into world of music tech, ensuring that they can go into the world of busking as experts in the art of performance.
Successful trainees will be represented by Busk in London and paid to perform at Wembley Park and other Busk in London locations throughout the summer.
When: International Busking Day will take place on Sunday 25 July 2021, 2pm-8pm.
Where: Various locations across Wembley Park.
WHAT: GAMECHANGERS – 11th & 12th JUNE
Re-writing the Rules of Football.
For the first time, Wembley Park will host GameChangers – a weekend spectacle of special football activities for all to enjoy. Over two consecutive days before the start of the UEFA European Championships, Wembley Park, the home of international football, will invite people from across the capital to play football with new rules created by leading videogame designers. Guests and passers-by will have the opportunity to spectate the innovative, sometimes wacky, new rules of football across the two-day period, with 25 minute 5 aside games taking place from 11:00am to 5:00pm throughout the Saturday and Sunday events.
In 2015, Sport England awarded Nottingham the UK’s first ‘City of Football’ title. This two-year scheme was about getting new people into football. As part of the project, the GameCity Festival produced ‘GameChangers’, where 10 videogame designers were invited to create ten new versions of the beautiful game, for everyone to try out and take away.
In addition, Wembley Park will be publishing the football rules in a new training brochure, providing a legacy for Wembley Park and the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
When: Friday 11 June and Saturday 12 June 2021.
Where: Olympic Way, Wembley Park,
Price: Free. Visit https://www.wembleypark.com/gamechangersfor further information.
WHAT: WEMBLEY PARK ADDS NEW ART COMMMISIONS TO ITS PUBLIC ART TRAIL – ALL SUMMER
Wembley Park is excited to launch three more new summer commissions to its art trail, adding to the collection of outdoor public art for visitors to experience. The works will include Meadows of Change, which will feature on Wembley Park’s phone box. The piece was designed by HagenHinderdael in partnership with Quintain and Artistic Statements, and celebrates the layers of history of Wembley Park, focusing on its iconic heritage, from its start as the small village of Wembley Green and its meadows, to the iconic destination that it is today. The artwork takes us through moments of perseverance and change in both the skyline and narrative of this unique part of London.
Award winning artist and designer, Micah Purnell, has created Against The Odds, an artwork that is underpinned by a sense of togetherness, diversity and hope. Following the hardships the pandemic has brought to the area over the past year, the artist was inspired by the numerous occasions where people have come together in tough times to stand for the greater good. Micah’s expansive art pieces feature on the Spanish Steps and digital screens across Wembley Park.
Wembley Park’s free art trail currently consists of 15 pieces across various mediums, including paint, digital mixed media and upcycled materials, and includes artwork and installations, such as The Shadow Wall by Jason Bruges located on the Royal Route Underpass and Mr Doodle’s graffiti spaghetti upcycled cylinder blocks located in Market Square (plus more).
The art trail forms part of Wembley Park Arts, an extensive cultural programme of live music, sports, entertainment and theatre designed for its community and visitors to enjoy alongside shopping or eating out.
A digital map is available at www.wembleypark.com/art, along with QR codes on each piece, will allow visitors to discover the art ― including about their background, significance and creator ― as they explore the neighbourhood.
When: Throughout June to September 2021.
Where: Various locations across the neighbourhood.
WHAT: INSIDE OUT EXHIBITION PUBLIC EXHIBITION – 1ST JUNE – 1ST SEPTEMBER
To celebrate the first weekend of the UEFA EUROs tournament, Sadiq Khan has confirmed that London is bringing renowned French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ project to the city as part of the capital’s cultural celebration of football and its ability to bring people together.
Inside Out helps individuals and communities to make a statement by displaying large-scale black and white portraits in public spaces.
Over the past decade, more than 400,000 people across 138 countries have participated in Inside Out sparked collaborations and conversations on a range of topics including diversity, feminism, racism, climate change and art.
Inside Out will transform Tower Bridge Road, in partnership with the City of London, into a large outdoor art gallery, celebrating London’s community heroes who have made a difference to their local area during the pandemic. The project will then travel to different locations across the city throughout the tournament creating temporary artworks in surprising outdoor locations.
As part of the exhibition, Wembley Park will open a new permanent outdoor gallery in June 2021, debuting portraits of sixteen Brent residents. There will be 16 light boxes, designed by Toy and Robin, installed on Wembley Park Boulevard to form a free-to-access, year-round gallery with a new exhibition every three months. The Wembley Park Outdoor Gallery will join the neighbourhood’s popular art trail and forms part of Wembley Park’s extensive cultural programme, much of which has been reimagined since the onset of Covid-19, to make the most of its open spaces, support artists in this difficult time and demonstrate how beneficial cultural programming is to public wellbeing. The Inside Out exhibition will run at the Wembley Park Outdoor Gallery from 1st June to 1st September.
When: 1st June to 1st September 2021
Where: Various locations across the neighbourhood.
WHAT: SUMMER ON SCREEN – 29TH JULY – 5TH SEPTEMBER
North-West London’s Free Open-Air Cinema.
From Thursday 29 July, Wembley Park’s popularfree outdoor cinema, Summer on Screen, will return for five weeks in the Events Pad, across from the London Designer Outlet, on Wembley Park Boulevard.
Visit Summer on Screen for an exceptional outdoor cinematic experience of hand-picked films under the summer night sky, with a choice of socially distant deckchairs or beanbags for a comfortable experience.
Choose from 18 cinema gems including cult classics, magical musicals, and family favourites. Guests can see smash hits like the acclaimed play Hamilton, or for those in the sporting spirit, Bend it Like Beckham will be show on the 17thAugust, when the Olympics fever will be in full swing.
An array of Bollywood classics will also be shown, including Manmarziyaan on the opening night, as well as educational and popular documentaries from National Geographic which will be screened in the day. Best of all, screenings are completely free, so be sure to arrive early for pre-show entertainment, food, drink, and to secure seats.
When: Thursday 29 July – Sunday 5 September.
Where: Events Pad, Wembley Park Boulevard.