We work with different organisations to showcase a diverse range of musicians and genres.
As well as developing a range of creative skills, our learning programmes build confidence and self-esteem, encourage team work and strengthen ties with the local community.
This summer we worked with a group of 15-19 year old creatives from the borough to curate and produce a two hour music programme for this year's Walthamstow Garden Party. Over the course of 6 weeks the group identified and secured their preferred acts while also meeting with some inspirational artists from the borough. Lemzi shared his experiences both as an artist and creator of events including Hidden Gems and In-Facts. Elijah from Butterz spoke about how he set up and developed his events company with business partner Skilliam and demystified the nuts and bolts of events planning and budgeting.
On the day itself, the group did themselves proud - hosting, managing the acts and DJing - and creating an amazing vibe in the tent. Roll on next year!!
At the end of 2017 we ran a couple of Grime Taster sessions for young people in Waltham Forest in partnership with hip-hop/rap artist Lemzi. The workshops included an introduction to grime and an opportunity for young people to try their hand at lyric writing and MCing. We also consulted with the groups on the shape and content of our longer-term project, Grime Waltham Forest. Artist Jonny Glover from More Than Minutes illustrated the sessions live.
We delivered our first workshop to a group of 17 young people at Stow Youth in Action Youth Club, Priory Court Community Centre on Wednesday 27th September. The session was funded by William Morris Big Local.
Our second session, in partnership with Peabody took place on Tuesday 24th October at The Epicentre in Leytonstone.
Jonny Glover and Lemzi following our first workshop at Priory Court
Young people at Stow Youth in Action working on their lyrics in small groups
Young people getting ready to perform their lyrics at The Epicentre
The Epicentre session captured by Jonny Glover