Lewisham Live

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

The festival celebrated its eighth year in 2017 and held an incredible 16 performances, in nine different venues with over 2,000 young performers. 2017 saw the launch of new projects such as the Creative Collective, Live Composers and a project with The Albany Young Creatives, as well as returning favourites Live Voices, Live Dance and the unmissable Live at Trinity Laban.

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 borough-wide festival that has grown and grown. Over 2000 young people annually perform to audiences of over 5000.

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 2018 festival and beyond. Under the banner Lewisham Live StepsUp we hope to build on our projects which provide an opportunity for alumni from previous music and dance projects to become choreographers and composers, create new avenues for cross-artform performances and increase the diversity of projects which are on offer. 

The 2018 festival programme is now confirmed and can be found on the festivals dedicated website, and festival print will be placed all across the borough in the next few weeks. The 2018 festival has more events than ever before and is even including a partnership between festival partners Trinity Laban and the new art exploration space Tate Exchange at Tate Modern! 

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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;
  • 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, and our generous funders and supporters. 

Lewisham Live 2018 is funded by Arts Council England Heritage Lottery Fund, Noel Coward Foundation, Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, Lewisham Council Festival Fund, Goldsmiths University, Lewisham Homes and various individual donors through our crowdfunding campaigns. 

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