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We Are Lewisham Day One

Fri 28 January 2022

Pop-up performances across the Borough began the joyous year of celebrations

Day One of Lewisham’s year as the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022 officially kicked off on Friday 28 January with a joyous opening celebration of community spirit.

Packed with outdoor music and dance events which spanned the whole borough, the day started with Commotions, a project that saw pop-up performances at transport hubs in Bellingham, Blackheath, Catford, Deptford, Hither Green and Lewisham.

Bringing culture to the doorstep of Lewisham residents and commuters, the activities included premieres of four new works by Trinity Laban Composers Alex Cho, Barbara Dudek, Emily de Gruchy and Seungjo Park. Commissioned by Lewisham, the pieces were specially created for local community-based music-makers Blackheath Ensemble, Lewisham Brass Band, Lewisham Choral Society and Lewisham Staff Choir.

Meanwhile, our Inspired Not Tired groups Boundless and Voices in Motion delighted passers-by with voice and movement installations.

Blackheath Halls continued the celebrations with a series of events including performances from Blackheath Halls Youth Choir, a beginner’s yoga to music class and a family treasure hunt.

Look out for more exciting activities across the year, including Hope For Justice (13-18 June) an ambitious project co-created by composer Eska Mtungwazi, Young Person’s poet laureate Cecilia Knapp, choreographer Sarah Golding and hundreds of Young People from across Lewisham.