Lewisham Live 2015

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Now in its 6th year, Lewisham  Live ran from 4 – 29 March and celebrated music and dance created by young people in the London borough of Lewisham.

12 performances over 4 weeks, 9 partners, 2,048 young performers and an audience of 3648.

Lewisham Live 2015 was a huge success. 

Unmissable was our specially commissioned  Live at Trinity Laban new dance and music collaboration, where young musicians and dancers created a new music and dance piece and performed LIVE together onstage.

We were delighted to receive support from Arts Council England this year to run a project leading up to Live at Trinity Laban, carrying on our new tradition of enabling and showcasing combined music and dance at the festival. The exciting programme consisted of eight invited schools and youth groups, and was headlined by a unique, specially created music and dance collaboration devised collaboratively by 42 young dancers and musicians and supported by Kerry Nicholls, a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer with over twenty years of acclaimed international experience in the dance sector, and Patrick Bailey who has conducted concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and many others across the UK. The support we received also allowed professional dance artists and musicians to mentor the six invited schools and youth groups.

The performers really enjoyed being part of the festival and 93% of them rated their enjoyment as five stars (67%) or four stars (26%)

The organisations that make Lewisham Live happen are:

  • Blackheath Halls
  • 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
  • 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 12 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 2016, 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!

Wednesday 4 March & Thursday 5 March. 7pm

Live Dance: Lewisham Dance Showcase


Friday 6th March. 6.30pm

Lewisham Young Mayor and TNG open mic night.


Tuesday 10 March, 7pm

Live Winds


Thursday 12 March 2014, 7pm

Live World Music and Percussion


Tuesday 17 March 2015

Live at Trinity Laban


Saturday 14 March

XLP Arts Showcase



Wednesday 18 March and Thursday 19 March, 7pm

Live Voices


Tuesday 24 March, 7pm

Co Motion Inclusive Youth Dance Platform


Wednesday 25 March, 7pm

Live at the Halls


Sunday 29 March 12-4pm, drop in

Community Music Day at Horniman