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VAULT Festival to return in 2024 at brand new venue

VAULT Festival will be back in 2024 with a a brand-new venue under construction!

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The team behind the UK’s leading independent festival of live performance, VAULT, has revealed plans to establish a brand-new venue in central London and confirmed the return of the much-anticipated VAULT Festival in autumn 2024.

This announcement follows the conclusion of VAULT Festival’s ten-year stint at its original location earlier this year, which sparked a comprehensive search for a new permanent home.

Set to open in Spring 2024, the new multi-space venue is designed to be a long-term, year-round hub for VAULT and its associated activities. It aims to support early career artists and will host a variety of creative endeavours, with more details to be revealed in the coming months.

VAULT is renowned for providing a platform for underrepresented artists, offering them opportunities that might otherwise be inaccessible. The new venue is envisioned as a sustainable and reimagined future for VAULT and the artists it champions. After an extensive search, VAULT is set to transform a vacant space in Zone 1 Central London into a dynamic artistic center. Currently, efforts are underway to raise funds to make the venue as accessible as possible for a diverse audience.

In a significant fundraising initiative, VAULT is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge from 28 November to 5 December. Their goal is to raise £9,925, which will be match-funded by The Big Give, totalling £19,850. The funds will be invested in crucial access equipment for the new venue, including hearing loop systems, captioning software, and audio description devices, ensuring the live performance experience is inclusive for all.

Adding to their fundraising efforts, VAULT has also announced its inaugural fundraising gala. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, 19 March 2024, at Shoreditch Town Hall, marking exactly one year since the closure of the last festival at the original site. The gala promises an evening of fine dining and entertainment, with tickets going on sale early in 2024.

Director and Co-Founder Andy George said: “We are pumped to have found a new home for VAULT following a challenging few years. The fact we’re still alive and kicking, and with a very bright future ahead, is very much thanks to the love and support we’ve received from artists and audiences who are as determined as we are to keep the mission of VAULT alive. One of our non-negotiables for our new home was ensuring we have step-free access so more people can enjoy the work of our wonderful artists. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to install access tools throughout the building so that artists and audiences who are d/Deaf, deafened or living with sight loss can enjoy everything we and our artists do. We want to champion a world that is accessible by default, not by exception.

“We’re so excited for what the future of VAULT holds, and with the support of funds raised by The Big Give Christmas Challenge, we can ensure this new era of VAULT is accessible for as many people as possible.”

More details on VAULT’s new venue, including its central London location, creative programming and the changes being made to further support independent artists will be announced in early Spring 2024.

Further information about VAULT’s new venue, including its exact location in central London, its creative programming, and how it will continue to support independent artists, is expected to be released in early Spring 2024.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.