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MERGE Festival 2018

Bankside’s annual arts, music and performance festival is back and this year's programme is set to spread good vibes and banish negativity.
Kate Poulter
Head of Marketing and Communications

MERGE is Bankside’s annual; arts, music and performance festival curated by Illuminate Productions, created in collaboration with Better Bankside. 

This year’s festival launches on 8 June with a programme set to spread good vibes and banish negativity by connecting people to the world around them, their community and each other.

Headline installations include The Feel Good Institute – a multi-sensory experience that invites you to journey through a series of specially curated rooms and a soundscape installation at Crossbones Gardens by British artist, Emily Peasgood. Release endorphins by cutting some shapes at a lunchtime disco, enjoy musical bingo at Borough Market, and expect pop up performances on Blackfriars Road every Friday throughout the festival that will bring some humour to your commute.

Better Bankside Pub Quiz fans will be delighted to know host Timberlina will make a special appearance at Old Union Yard Arches with DJ Auntie Maureen. Authentic Rotterdam Heritage will also be bringing their street play collective to Bankside.

What's more, some of Bankside's venues will be spreading good will with random acts of kindness on 'Happy Mondays.' Think cocktail giveaways, live music nights and plenty more to make you feel good.

This year's festival will run from 8 June - 1 July.

Take a look at the full programme at

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MERGE Festival Private Launch - 7 June
Join us for the private launch of MERGE Bankside and be the first to experience the headline installations. Immerse yourself in Requiem for Crossbones, an evocative sound installation at Crossbones Garden on Redcross Way. Then join the party at The Feel Good Institute.

Find out more about the launch and RSVP details here.




Created May 24 2018