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Over 1000 young people call for action on the climate

Mon 16 May 2022

As part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022 celebrations, over 1,000 young people, including students from 26 local schools, will fill Lewisham’s Mountsfield Park on Saturday 18 June in two mass protest performances about the climate emergency.

Created and produced by Trinity Laban in collaboration with leading artists and local young people, Hope 4 Justice is an urgent and powerful call to action.

Directed by Hannah Gittos, the socially-engaged project uses music, dance and spoken word to highlight issues such as air quality, ‘throw-away’ culture, and housing inequality in the Borough in a bid to make a difference.

A thousand-strong choir of primary school children and musicians from South London Samba will perform a series of newly composed songs by Mercury Prize nominated composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist ESKA, imploring their communities to take action.

100 young dancers, including members of Bellingham Dances and TL ‘s Youth Dance Company, will perform choreography led by Lead Choreographer and Trinity Laban alum, Sarah Golding, and Associate Choreographer Waddah Sinada, exploring their connection to the climate emergency.

Local teenagers will contribute spoken word interludes, mentored by writer and Young Poet Laureate for London (2021/22) Cecilia Knapp, questioning how we want the world to be in the future.

Hope 4 Justice is the culmination of over a year-long engagement by Trinity Laban’s Children and Young People and Public Engagement programmes. For the project, we have been working in partnership with Lewisham Music to deliver in-school music training.

Find out more about the creatives and the project.

Tickets for both 15:00 and 16:30 performances are free, but booking is advised. Tickets can be reserved via The Albany.

Hope 4 Justice is part of a wider programme of climate emergency artworks commissioned for We Are Lewisham, the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture, and is supported by Arts Council England, Open Hand, Trinity Laban, Lewisham Music and the Albany.