We inspire communities to set up fun, local, all-people-friendly, window-display-based walking trails then share them with the world. Come out and see your neighbourhood in a new creative light, watch our story on THE ONE SHOW
No matter what is happening in the world, Wanderlands are self-contained and Covid-safe. As part of your planning, please make sure you are compliant with any current restrictions in your local area. If you are in the UK here is the link to the government website.
What we are about:
- Celebrating connection. It’s a creative way to get to know neighbours. Which makes people feel proud of their community.
- Creativity. Make something different.
- Wandering. This is a chance for people to explore their local area on foot, to see new places, or to see familiar places in a new way.
- Everyone. Anyone can join in, the more the merrier, as a Wanderer or a Windowmaker.
- Care. We offer you easy to use tools to put on your own festival.
What we’re NOT about:
- Money, profit or commercial gain. We are a not for profit organisation.
- Competition, it doesn’t matter if you are artistic or not, everyone can be involved.
It’s your community and your show, we simply shine a light on it to inspire others.
How it all began…
Set designer, Lucy Reeves Khan started Window Wanderland in 2015, inspired by her vivid imagination, her deep-seated community spirit and her personal experiences of isolation due to years of chronic illness.
Lucy imagined her local streets alive with other people viewing dramatic, beautiful or just silly scenes in the windows around her neighbourhood. She wondered if, in the dark of winter, these displays would cheer up others too. She put on her first festival in her own community. It was a huge success. Other areas wanted to join in, and the rest, as they say, is history…
We are now Window Wanderland CIC, a non-profit organisation that aims to spread happiness and bring communities together. We are a team of four passionate directors, Dilesh Korya, Khalid Khan, Nicola Williams and Lucy Reeves Khan. We share everything we’ve learnt, offer inspiration and provide customisable toolkits, so organisers can create their own festivals, year after year, with ease.
If you want to read about HOW TO MAKE A DISPLAY, this is what Lucy has to say..
Why this website?
Community festivals are massively beneficial for spreading happiness and a sense of belonging in neighbourhoods. But they often rely on the sweat, determination and dedication of a handful of people. It’s not always sustainable.
We know putting on a Window Wanderland festival is definitely, definitely worth it. But it isn’t easy doing it by yourself. This website is designed to make it much easier.
I noticed that if my neighbours’ curtains were open, I didn’t hurt so much. At first I assumed I was just nosy, but I soon realised it was the warmth of the light and the sense of kinship that was making me happier.