A new performance space within Canary Wharf’s new Crossrail station will launch with a free arts festival next month.

St Paul’s Arts Trust, which runs the Space arts centre on the Isle of Dogs will run the programme for the amphitheatre, nestled within the gardens above Crossrail Place.

The inaugural arts festival will take place on the weekend of May 16-17 with music, dance, theatre and other performance genres for a celebration of the arts involving the east London community.

The performance space will have a resident theatre company which will create original work which will run alongside guest appearances from some of London’s finest performance specialists. The performance space will also host a range of community festivals and is seeking local artists and groups to apply to perform.

Director of the Space Adam Hemming said: “We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to programme this exciting new performance space set within the stunning park of Crossrail Place.

“By scheduling a range of free events with a broad appeal we hope as many people as possible will come and visit Crossrail Place and its park and enjoy the free performances. Canary Wharf Group have given us a fantastic opportunity to bring some entertainment and quality performances to this new space for the community for free.

“Our SpaceWorks community theatre project provides free workshops for children and adults and we are keen to extend this ethos to the performance space within Crossrail Place and offer a range of activities for the community by the community.’

The St Paul’s Arts Trust are currently seeking applications from local groups to individuals who are interested in performing in the community festivals at the performance space in Crossrail Place.

Music, dance, theatre, poetry performance and comedy amongst others will feature within the programme and these are open to anyone interested in performing and support will be provided by the team from the Space.

Find out more and download a form from the Space’s website.