About Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon BookFest is a not for profit charity promoting arts, culture and education. Its aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with the schools and young people of Merton and South London.
The Festival was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane whose ambition was to develop arts and cultural across the community. The public festival takes place in early October in a 'pop up' festival site on Wimbledon Common in its Baillie Gifford Big Tent, William Morris & Robert Graves Tents. The Festival also runs a year long Education programme with schools.
It hosts over 100 events in its 10 day period and has grown from 1,000 visitors in its first year to over 20,000 people now attending. 10,000 school children from over 80 schools also now enjoy the festival every year. Any money raised is put back into the festival and its education work with local schools. Over 3,000 books are given to children from a lower socio-economic demographic every year to encourage reading and literacy. The Festival very much believes in the power of reading to change lives.
Wimbledon BookFest has a small team of core workers and a large volunteer input