London Mayors visit to Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance


The RIBA Stirling prize winning Laban Building has hosted a visit by Mayors and dignitaries from around London and further afield, as part of Deptford Civic Day (23 March 2015).

The visit was an opportunity for the civic leaders and dignitaries to tour the internationally renowned building; they enjoyed a visit to the Dance Science Lab and the chance to observe Trinity Laban dance students in class.

The dignitaries came from Lewisham, Kingston upon Thames, Croydon, Tunbridge Wells, Bromley, Sutton, Rochford, Hackney, Sevenoaks, Barking and Dagenham. The party also included the Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Jane Davis, and Martin Wood, Managing Director of Cathedral Group.

The visit was hosted by the Director of Dance, Mirella Bartrip, and Trinity Laban's Registrar, Dr David Dowland, who thanked the civic leaders for coming to celebrate Trinity Laban's notable contribution to communities across London and the remarkable role of the Laban Building in the regeneration of the neighbourhood.

The mayors completed their day with a civic lunch at Lewisham Southwark College where they were entertained by harpist and Trinity Laban alumnus, Beth Gillard.

The Chair of Council, Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye says: “I am always pleased to include Trinity Laban in the annual tour Deptford for our visiting Mayors. I am enormously proud of Trinity Laban, with its international reputation and the huge amount of outreach work it does in our local community.”

Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance has been ranked number 1 in the UK for the last four years. (Guardian University Guide) and attracts students from around the world. Alumni include Matthew Bourne, Emma Gladstone and Lea Anderson.

Photo credit - Lidia Crisafulli.