It takes place in the City of London in the actual geography of the poem’s setting and home to where Eliot worked at Lloyds Bank when writing the poem. Our five part multi-arts festival runs April 8-10 and is preceded by two opening events on April 7 – Jeanette Winterson and Liam Ó’Maonlaí of the Hothouse Flowers – and followed by two performances on April 11 & 12 of Marie, Marie, Hold on Tight starring Jenna Russell in Wilton’s Music Hall. Commissioned by the T S Eliot Estate, Seán Doran and Liam Browne of DORANBROWNE – former curators of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival in Liverpool and acclaimed Samuel Beckett Festival in Ireland – have created an experiential festival for audiences in the post-Covid era that offers espresso hits of creativity – short, 15-minute events in 22 City of London’s late medieval churches (15 by Sir Christopher Wren). Moving between f r a g m e n t performances involves a short walk (av. 5-8 mins) from one church to another through the streets of old London. Cultural offerings in the intimate church settings range from Indian Raga to American Ragtime, the Syrian Qunan to Kaustinen folk, Sufi mystical music to negro spirituals, Arabic Hip-Hop to classical opera, fado to flamenco, alongside choral and baroque music, contemporary minimalism and film. Whichever of the five Celebrations you choose don’t miss the Festival Centrepiece Event, a 40 minute world premiere electro-acoustic composition of The Waste Land, Ear to Ear by French composer Pierre-Yves Macé in the Bow Bells church, St. Mary-Le-Bow.