Lewisham Live

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Lewisham Live is an annual festival in March that celebrates children and young people's music and dance. 

The festival celebrated its seventh year in 2016 and held eight performances over four weeks, in five different venues with over 2,000 young performers. Our specially commissioned piece Live at Trinity Laban: a new dance and music collaboration with young musicians and dancers performing together onstage, was unmissable.

LEAN is a key partner in this unique collaboration of arts organisations committed to showcasing the very best of children and young people's music and dance. We have supported the festival to grow from a one performance music showcase to a 4 week, 12 performance, 9 partner music and dance festival. Over 2000 young people annually perform to an audience of close to 4000.

The festival grew significantly in artistic ambition over 2014/15. Building on the success of a music and dance collaboration in 2014, in 2015, 42 young musicians and dancers jointly created a music and dance work. This was performed at Laban Theatre, to great acclaim, and accompanied by high quality pieces from 6 local schools and groups, who surpassed expectations through professional mentoring from professional artists.

Live at Trinity Laban 2014

Live at Trinity Laban 2014


The Future

We are raising our ambitions again for the 2017 festival and beyond. Under the banner Lewisham Live EXPLODES we hope to continue with our music and dance collaborations but also provide an opportunity for alumni from previous combined music and dance projects to become choreographers and composers. They will form a new company, Creative Collective, and be mentored by an exceptional professional dancer/choreographer and professional composer/musician.

In addition, the Lewisham Live partners plan to support young composers to have their work heard in a professional venue to a new audience; work that many never have been heard beyond the bedroom or examination room. Our young producers programme will give young people new ways to engage with the festival and the chance to produce a show from start to stage. 

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Lewisham Live is an Arts Award Supporter

The festival provides a range of opportunities for young people embarking on Arts Award:

  • Performance opportunities in professional venues
  • Tickets for shows at discounted rates
  •  A chance to take part in a Lewisham Live special project
    • The creation of a specially devised music and dance piece
    • Young producers programmes
    • The young composers strand

The festival is made possible by the hard work of the exceptional partners who have extensive experience of working with children and young people:


  • Blackheath Halls;
  • Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre;
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens;
  • Lewisham Council;
  • Lewisham Education Arts Network;
  • Lewisham Music Hub;
  • Lewisham Young Mayor's Team;
  • The Albany;
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance;
  • XLP


But would not happen without the dedication and energy of the all the young performers, their teachers and tutors.