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This summer

This Bright Land

01 - 29 Aug
12.00-22.30 daily
From free – £22.50
Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

A summer celebration of community and culture 

“Summer’s most joyful festival”

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Step inside the magical world of This Bright Land, transforming our magnificent courtyard into a wonderland open to all, with joyful day-and-night performances, music, dance, talks, workshops and more, platforming established creatives and grassroots communities.

Created by Somerset House Studios artists Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, This Bright Land will put togetherness at its heart. From bold attractions including a 35m observation wheel and open-air Vogue Balls, staged in collaboration with Vogue Rites, to parties hosted by creative collectives and Sunday street parties, the festival seeks to encourage connection and collaboration through entertainment and play.



Every day is jam-packed with activity to discover and enjoy.

Explore our site alongside the magical characters who inhabit This Bright Land with our STORY TRAIL

We’re screening FAMILY FRIENDLY FILMS WITH EVERYMAN every day at 13:00

Enjoy the GLOBAL FOOD MARKET with Black Eats LDN

Indulge and revive with BEAUTY AND WELLNESS POP-UPS from M·A·C, Jo Malone London, Forest Essentials, Clinique, Dr. Jart, Bobbi Brown, Origins & Aveda

Take a ride on our 35m OBSERVATION WHEEL for amazing views over London with community-focussed audio installations (£5 per person)

We’re showing SCREENINGS of films produced by our Creative Ambassadors, exploring the themes of community and family at the heart of This Bright Land

Everyone is welcome and our doors are open, but we’d urge you to register in advance and make a donation to support the mission of This Bright Land.


Our third SUNDAY STREET PARTY is brought to you by Figs in Wigs, the aficionados of deadpan dancing and pointless party games, land in our courtyard to bring you a day-to-night party for the whole family.

Our FRIDAY WEEKEND WARM-UPS return with ESEA Sisters, the collective creating space for women, trans*, non-binary & genderqueer folks of East and Southeast Asian heritage.

On Saturday night our spectacular VOGUE BALLS continue as Vogue Rites invites you to The Butterfly Ball, a night honouring transformation and joy.

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"This Bright Land will see Somerset House’s spectacular courtyard filled with great music, dance and striking installations throughout August. Masterminded by the brilliant Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, it will be a joyous celebration of creativity and community"

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE

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With thanks to Dominika Blackappl