Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance in Deptford hosted a visit by Mayors and dignitaries from around London and further afield in April. The visit was arranged at the request of the Chair of Lewisham Council, as part of the Deptford Civic Day.
The visit was an opportunity for the civic leaders and dignitaries to tour the RIBA Stirling prize winning Laban Building. The group watched a rehearsal by children from Lewisham and Greenwich ahead of the Animate Orchestra concert in the Royal Festival Hall; and they were also able to watch Transitions Dance Company warming up.
The dignitaries came from Lewisham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Camden, Croydon, Redbridge, Rochford, Merton, Sutton, Hackney, Havering, Medway, Bromley, Tower Hamlets and Haringey. The party also included Canon Flora Winfield, HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and an adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury
The visit was hosted by Trinity Laban's Director of Development and Corporate Affairs, Eva Woloshyn and the Registrar, Dr David Dowland, who thanked the visitors 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 Southwark and Lewisham College (LeSoCo) where they were entertained by harpist and Trinity Laban alumnus, Beth Gillard.
Dr Dowland said: "Trinity Laban is known the world round for its artistic and teaching excellence, and we also have very strong links to our local community in South East London. Several of the mayors have asked to be invited back for a return visit; so this important visit has given us the opportunity to demonstrate that excellence to a much wider audience across Greater London."
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