Emerge is Culture24’s new festival of night-time events, Lates, in museums, galleries, historic houses, visual arts venues and more. It’s Night at the Museum meets Glastonbury – gigs, performances DJs, poets, and cocktails at 39 iconic venues, all on one ticket.
Over two nights in September (Friday 27 and Saturday 28) the Emerge Festival saw a creative kaleidoscope of events take over 11 London Boroughs. With one ticket, visitors had access to all the night’s venues and some of the best breakthrough artists in town. Their stage? 39 of the capital’s iconic buildings from Tower Bridge’s glass walkway to The Design Museum’s paraboloid hall.
We curated jam-packed circuits to enthral wristband holders from dusk to the early hours. From deep house DJs and neo-soul bands to afrobeat and open mic jams, Emerge was a bona fide festival pick n’ mix bringing together some of London’s most electrifying new talent.
- A Jungle DJ set at the Natural History Museum
- Ady Suleiman supported by Poppy Ajudha at Horniman Museum and Gardens
- An evening of Mind and Body Positivity at Dulwich Picture Gallery ft Bryony Gordon
- East to West at the Design Museum ft Masala Monologues, spoken word collective WorkinOnIt and electronica-infused jazz by Ishmael Ensemble.
- A silent disco on Tower Bridge
- A pop-up roof terrace gin bar at Wellington Arch
For full details of all the participating venues and artists, visit the Emerge Festival website.
The vision for Emerge, which was branded one of the Big Issue’s Festivals For Good, is to inspire new generations to fall in love with museums by turning audiences’ expectations of what museums are like and who they are for upside-down, creating new social value for audiences, communities and venues.
The concept was based on findings from Culture24’s A Culture of Lates Research Reports, published in 2018.