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Mental Wealth Festival, 10-15 October 2021

This year’s Mental Wealth Festival will take place from 10 – 15 October 2021 to incorporate with World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October.  The focus will be ‘adapting to change’, exploring how we have managed, coped and adapted in a period of extraordinary change and uncertainty, and the impact this has had on our mental health and wellbeing

City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series with Ms Melinda Simmons, Thursday 18 February 2021

City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series with Ms Melinda Simmons, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine. This event took place on Thursday 18 February 2021. You can watch the recording here.

City Lit Perspectives with Sir Vince Cable, Tuesday 2 February 2021

City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders Who Changed Economics with Sir Vince Cable. This event took place on Tuesday 2 February 2021. You can watch the recording here.

City Lit Perspectives with Professor Dame Mary Beard, Friday 6 November 2020

In Celebration of Lifelong Learning Week, we are hosting a special City Lit Perspectives: How Classical Cultures Speak to us Today with Professor Dame Mary Beard. This event took place on Friday 6 November 2020. You can watch the recording here.

Mental Wealth Festival, 5-10 October 2020

Online from 5-10 October 2020, the theme for this year is Recovery and will offer inspiring discussions, debates and interactive workshops focusing on the journey of recovery, resilience and healing, sharing tools and strategies to support this

Flicks Film Festival 2020, Thursday 13 August 2020, Online

We’re proud to announce the 8th year of the City Lit Flicks Annual Film festival, this year from the comfort of your home! Featuring a mix of documentary, narrative, experimental and just plain fun films and animations.

City Lit Fine Art Exhibition 2020, July, Online gallery

Students and staff from City Lit Fine Art Year 2 are delighted to present their online exhibition 2020 including work made in the studio and at home under the challenging conditions we now find ourselves in. 

Extended Drawing for Artists & Makers Show 2020, July Online gallery

Congratulations to students who have completed the Extended Drawing for Artists & Makers course this year, their online Private View was a great success and they have an online gallery to share their work with you.

Made Possible: stories of inspiration from the learning disabilities community, Wednesday 15 July 2020

Stories of inspiration from the learning disabilities community. An in conversation with Saba Salman, journalist and author, and Dan Pepper, Paralympian. You can watch the recording here.  

City Lit Perspectives with Ruby Wax, Wednesday 24 June 2020

City Lit Fellow and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax OBE joined Mark Malcomson CBE, City Lit Principal to discuss mental health and coping strategies during Covid-19. You can watch the recording here

The Economy after Covid-19: Recovery or Intensive Care? May 2020

City Lit Fellow Sir Vince Cable, economist, author, former Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, and former cabinet minister joined Mark Malcomson CBE, City Lit Principal and CEO to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the economy. You can watch the recording here

The John Lyon's Theatre

As well as showcasing the work of our talented students, The John Lyon's Theatre is hired by some fantastic organisations including ITV Studios, London Short Series Festival, FeSTeLõn Festival of Spanish Theatre of London and Deafinitley Theatre. Find out what's coming up.

Our centenary 2019

City Lit is much more than just an educational venue. Our events programme provides a wealth of cultural experience and entertainment. From showcasing the talents and achievements of those who have studied with us, to offering taster workshops for you to come along and try something new. 

Throughout the year we host a programme of visual arts exhibitions, drama productions, musical performances, book launches, creative writing performances, stand-up comedy, festivals, talks, lectures and much more...

Our events are held both here in Covent Garden, and offsite in locations all across the city. Our partnerships with iconic institutes allow us to immerse ourselves in these new areas, from The National Gallery to The British Museum, and a whole host of art galleries. 

Venue hire

City Lit also offer flexible venue hire in the heart of London.  We have the newly refurbished John Lyon’s Theatre and over 60 classrooms of differing sizes, all available to hire out on a day/half day basis. With great on-site facilities and versatile spaces on offer, City Lit is an ideal venue choice for not only attending an event but to host your own events too. 

'The weekend went really well, tech was fantastic and the whole event went very smoothly. The space was fantastic, it’s a brilliant little theatre and was just perfect for everything we needed. The location is also great!'
Ian Street, Project Manager from Deafinitely Theatre

For more information please email

John Lyon's Theatre brochure