London ArtsFest was established as a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation on the 4th April 2000 by a group of distinguished professionals and academics, under the Presidency of Sir Colin Davis CH, CBE. The official launch of London ArtsFest took place on the 5th May 2000 at Leighton House Museum in Kensington with ‘The Celebration of Bach’ concert featuring the acclaimed pianist Igor Lazko.
Aims and Ethos ‘Bridging Cultures’
The aim of London ArtsFest is to advance the education of the public in the arts and to inspire learning, creativity and achievement. The organisation’s founding ethos is ‘Bridging Cultures”, creating and fostering understanding between people of different cultures, backgrounds and countries. The above aim is achieved through presenting artistic, educational, cultural and other events and through ‘educational and cultural exchange’ with similar organisations internationally. London ArtsFest is supporting young artists and working on various projects to encourage education of young people from underprivileged backgrounds.
Since its establishment London ArtsFest has attained notable success in presenting numerous concerts, festivals, exhibitions, masterclasses, educational workshops, lectures, talks, publications and other activities, both in the UK and abroad. These activities and efforts generated much resonance in the UK and international media.
London ArtsFest won the prestigious award “Best New Charity” for Arts and Culture in the year 2002 and in the same year was selected by UK Charity Awards as one of the three best new charities in the entire UK Charity sector.