Open House Festival

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Become a contributor

“This was our first time participating in Open House Festival. As a small and relatively new building, it was a real honour to partake in the event. It was such a huge success for us and there was a positive response to the building which is always wonderful.”

— Contributor in Haringey

Open House Festival is a city-wide celebration of the different neighbourhoods, heritage and architecture which make London special. The festival is a chance to explore the remarkable buildings and landscapes of the capital, and an opportunity for communities and organisations to tell their stories.

As a festival contributor you can run an open day of a building or landscape, put on a walking or cycling tour, or organise an event such as a film night, children’s activity workshop, or an exhibition.

Select an option to get started

You must register for an account before you can submit your festival programme proposal. A visitor account enables you to book tickets to any Open House Festival event. A volunteer account also enables you to volunteer at festival events if you want to. If your proposal is accepted your account will automatically be upgraded to a contributor account.

Register as visitor Register as volunteer

Guidance and criteria for proposals

Before you start your proposal, please make sure you read the 2023 Festival Brief and Programme Criteria. These documents will help you plan and contain clear information on what makes the most successful Open House Festival events, and what the festival curators consider when giving feedback and approving submissions.

Open House Festival Programme Criteria

Additional resources

2023 Festival Brief

Open House Festival Community Guidelines

We need your support!

Become an Open City friend

If you enjoy the Open House Festival and would like to support us to keep staging it, please donate generously when booking tickets and consider becoming a Friend of the Charity.

Open City, the charity which stages the Open House Festival, relies on support from people like you keep staging the Open House Festival and creating life-changing educational programmes for young people from under-represented communities to pursue studies and careers in architecture and design. Everyone who signs up as a friend gets access to an exclusive programme of tours and events throughout the entire year, plus discounts on books and tickets, and thank you presents in the post including advance access to each year’s Open House Festival guidebook.

Become a friend today

Become an Open House Festival Partner

The Open House Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. We work with leading private and public sector organisations including most London boroughs and the Greater London Authority to engage large audiences with built projects and brands.

If you are interested in becoming an Open House Festival partner, please get in touch by writing to