Lewisham Live 2014

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14 performances over 3 weeks, 12 partners, 1842  young performers and an audience of 3356. Lewisham Live 2014 was a huge success. 

Running from 10 – 30 March the festival celebrated music and dance created by young people in the London borough of Lewisham.

We were delighted to receive support from Arts Council England this year to run a project leading up to Live at Trinity Laban, the first combined music and dance platform for the festival. The exciting programme consisted of six invited schools and youth groups, and was headlined by a unique, specially created music and dance collaboration devised collaboratively by young dancers and musicians supported by Lee Smikle, a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and creative producer with over 17 years professional performance and teaching experience, and Patrick Bailey who has conducted concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and many others across the UK.

Our Grants for the Arts funding also allowed 8 young people to train as young presenters with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and compere many of the shows. 

The majority of our audience agreed that the comperes added to their experience.

‘The compere was very considered in her comments, very personable and professional’

‘Compere should be on telly’

The performers really enjoyed being part of the festival and 96% of them rated their enjoyment as five stars (68%) or four stars (28%). 

The partners were joined this year for the first time by LeSoCo and welcome them to Lewisham Live. The other organisations that make Lewisham Live happen are:

  • Blackheath Conservatoire
  • Blackheath Halls
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Lewisham Council
  • Lewisham Education Arts Network
  • Lewisham Music Service/Music Hub
  • Lewisham Young Mayor's Team
  • The Albany Uncover Music Company
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • XLP

An astounding 100% of our audience rated the shows as excellent or good. 

The many, many teachers, music practitioners and dance artists who contribute to Lewisham Live strongly supported the festival.

‘Please keep this going’

‘This is an outstanding project that needs no improvement’  

All 14 of the shows were inspiring and the performers can all be extremely proud of their contribution. Ours thanks go to them and their teachers, music practitioners and dance artists who supported them, and our young comperes. Lewisham Live also want to thank our numerous and diverse venues for welcoming us again, and, of course to the fantastic audience for each show.

We are working up to Lewisham Live 2015, again in March. Look out for more information in the lead up to Christmas and if you are a music and/or dance organisation working with young people in Lewisham, do get in touch to join the Lewisham Live family.


London Borough of Lewisham

Arts Council England

See what you missed!

10th Live Winds

7pm Goldsmiths, University of London

12th & 13th Live Dance

7pm Broadway Theatre

15th XLP Lewisham Arts Showcase

7:0pm The Albany

18th Live at Trinity Laban

7:30pm Laban Building

19th & 20th Live Voices

7pm The Broadway Theatre

21st Lewisham Young

Mayor and TNG openmic night.

7:30pm TNG youth centre

25th Live Talent

7pm Blackheath Halls

26th Live at LeSoCo

7pm Tresillian Theatre LeSoCo

27th Live Percussion

7pm Sedgehill School

28th Live at the Halls

7pm Blackheath Halls

29th Amplify

7pm The Albany

30th Community Music Day

12 noon – 4pm Horniman Museum and Gardens.