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  1. Combined Creative / Visual Arts / Design / Film
  2. Theatre / Musical Theatre / Drama
  3. Dance
  4. Music / Spoken Word



Aged 14-21? Into science, art and anything in between? Horniman, Forest Hill
Come and explore the Horniman after hours at this free evening event, organised by the Horniman Youth Panel. With live music and stimulating talks by experts in the space where fact meets creativity. Young people also get an exclusive PRIVATE VIEW of our new Dinosaurs: Monster Families exhibition! 
Cost: Free. Dates: Saturday 19th March 6:30-8:30pm. Location: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ.  Contact: Beth Atkinson,, 0208 699 1872 ext 160. More information:


Act Dance Sing! With Montage Theatre Arts, Brockley
Aged 3-18 - Classes in Ballet, RAD Ballet, Tap, Street Dance, LEAP!, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing, LAMDA exams plus National Theatre Connections programme - Montage has it all!Have fun and make friends while learning with West End, ballet and opera professionals who have performed with Scottish Ballet, Les Mis, Billy Elliot and more. Our students have performed at venues including the South Bank, Greenwich Theatre, Saddlers Wells, Brockley Jack and Catford Broadway Theatre. Cost: Concession rates and scholarships available.  Dates: Summer Term April 11th - July 9th 2016Montage Theatre Arts runs classes every day of the week plus Saturday School and Youth Dance and Youth Drama companies. Location:  Prendergast Hilly Fields College (top site by park), Adelaide Avenue, London SE4 1LE. Contact:  Administrator 020 8692 7007 More information:

The Albany Says Relax, Deptford
Let the stresses and strains of life melt away at The Albany Young Creative’s alternative Saturday night out. Join us for a festival of relaxation as we embark on a mission to take the stress out of your life. The Albany Says Relax will include workshops, entertainment and chill out spots across the building that will soothe your senses and equip you with some new skills to unwind at the end of a long day. Cost: Pay what you can. Dates: Saturday 26th March 2016 18:00 – 22:00. Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG. Contact: / 020 8692 4446
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Easter Masterclasses, The Albany, Deptford
Join us this Easter for 3 days of Circus, Streetdance & Spoken word/ Physical Theatre for 8-19 year olds. Featuring workshops run by Upswing, Zoonation and 20 Stories High.
Cost: Each session is £5 or FREE to Love2Dance and Lewisham Homes residents.
Dates: Thursday 31st March – Saturday 2nd April. Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG. Contact:  and 020 8692 4446. More information:



Broadway Theatre, Catford: 

Fairy Building Workshop, Catford
Inspired by Midsummer’s Night Dream (4-10 year olds)
Dates: Sunday 13th March, 11am-2pm
Location: Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Contact: 020 8690 0002

Playing With Shakespeare – Smooth Faced Gentlemen, Catford
Free workshop, great help and insight for young people studying GCSE and A Level (14 years+)
Dates: Sunday 13th March, 1pm - 3pm
Location: Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Contact: to book your place

Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Hamlet, Catford
Free workshop, great help and insight for young people studying GCSE and A Level (14 years+)
Dates: Monday 14th March, 2pm – 4pm
Location: Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Contact: to book your place

Broadway Theatre and Generating Genius Present Lively Up Shakespeare, Catford
With Campion College from Jamaica performing their version of Macbeth, alongside local young performers from the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company and Lewisham Youth Theatre. This is an opportunity for the young people of Lewisham to watch the young people of Jamaica perform their version of Macbeth alongside local young performers from LYT who present Hamlet.
Dates: Wednesday 30th March at 7:30pm
Location: Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU
Contact: Box Office: 020 8690 0002 – Quote LEAN for a free ticket. One ticket per person, limited time only.


Join SOUNDS LiKE CHAOS a performance company for teenagers, Deptford
SOUNDS LiKE CHAOS is a performance company for teenagers who want to perform, increase their skills and find their artistic voice. We have created new, exciting shows for a range of festivals and venues including the Albany, Battersea Arts Centre, the Southbank Centre and Soho Theatre. 
Dates: Audition: Tuesday 26 April at 5.30pm and 7pm
Rehearsals: 3 May – 12 July
Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Contact: Gemma Rowan,, 07791303931

Gems Performing Arts Easter Clubs, Sydenham
Dates: Tues 29th March - Fri 1st April (£100)
Ages 4 -7 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ages 8+ Billy Elliott 
Dates: Mon 4th - Fri 8th (£125)
Ages 4-7 Wizard of Oz
Ages 8+ Wicked
Location: Sydenham High School, 19 Westwood Hill SE26 6BL
Contact: / 07946 176 452

REVOLTING CHILDREN – Easter Holiday Course inspired by smash hit musical Matilda,
Get set to play a gaggle of mischievous school children as they scheme against their terrifying headmistress because, even if you’re little, you can do a lot! Inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, learn songs and dances for a performance in front of family and friends. Experienced teachers with West End credits running friendly classes.
Dates: 29 March to 1 April
Location: Prendergast Hilly Fields College, Brockley SE4 1LE
Contact: Emma Hobday, Montage Theatre Arts 020 8692 7007
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Love2Dance Showcase, Deptford
Join Love2Dance for an evening of street dance, featuring talented young people from across Lewisham alongside special guest artists and dance acts.
Sunday 20th March – 18:30pm
Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG
Contact: / 020 8692 4446
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Love2Dance, Deptford and Sydenham
Love2Dance is a free street dance programme for young people 8-18 years old in Lewisham. The programme offers young people the opportunity to get involved in weekly workshops, perform at events across the borough as well as showcases at The Albany, get involved in industry masterclasses and have the opportunity to work towards accreditation.
- Sydenham
Saturday 16th April – 16th July 13:00-17:00
Location: TNG Youth and Community Centre, 111 Wells Park Road, SE26 6AD
- Deptford
Monday 18th April – 18th July 16:15-18:15
Location: Riverside Youth Centre, Grove Street, SE8 3QQ
Contact: / 07984355826


Trinity Laban:

Youth Programme, Deptford
We have a range of fun and creative, weekly classes that will improve your technique and skill in dance. There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the year and classes are available to you no matter your ability. For the more experienced contemporary dancer there is the Laban Youth Dance Company, which you can audition for at the beginning of each academic year. Dates: Mon 11 April – Fri 08 July (no classes 20 May – 03 June)
Location: Laban Building, Deptford
Contact: or 0208 305 939
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Bellingham Beats
Taking place every Wednesday during term time, this fun class will help you to develop your dance skills and work with friends. Bellingham Beats performs at least once every term and each term is closed with a celebration party for friends and family. No dance experience required!
Dates: Weds 13 April – Weds 06 July (no classes 01 June)
Times: 5-8 yrs 16:45 – 17:45, 9-14yrs 17:45 – 18:45
Location: Christchurch, Bellingham Green, London SE6 3HQ
Contact: or 0208 305 9398
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Boys Only Classes, Deptford
Boys Only Dance Classes at Trinity Laban
Dates: Thurs 14 April – Thurs 07 July (no classes 02 June)
Location: Laban Building, Deptford
Contact: or 0208 305 9398
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School Transitions Workshops
Dancing Ahead FREE School Transition Workshops with Trinity Laban
Dates: Summer Term availability, must be in school days and times
Location: Outreach work, Dance Artist will go into school
Contact: or 0208 305 9398
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Dancing Ahead, Deptford
Dancing Ahead, FREE creative dance sessions, part of Headstart Lewisham
This weekly dance class will build your dance skills and confidence levels through fun, creative dance activities.  You will work with young people of a similar age to develop your own choreography to share with friends and family.
These classes are intended to support Young People to build resilience.
Dates: Summer Term: Tuesday 12 April – Tuesday 05 July (No class 31 May)
Location: Laban Building, Deptford
Contact: or 0208 305 9398
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LIVE AT TRINITY LABAN – 22 March 2016, Deptford
Live at Trinity Laban: A showcase of the best of music and dance performance from across the borough of Lewisham, hosted at the Laban Theatre, Deptford. This exciting programme consists of invited local groups, and will be headlined by a unique, specially created music and dance performance.
This event is part of the Lewisham Live festival and is the third Music and Dance Collaborative Platform for Lewisham Live.
Dates: Tuesday 22 March 2016, 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Laban Theatre, Laban Building, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 3DZ
Contact: Joanna Freeman, 020 8305 4378
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LEARN TO DJ, Southbank Centre
WORKSHOP: Learn to DJ with Mr Switch, (A DJ skills workshop for 10 – 15 year olds)
Dates: Sunday 17 April, 11.30 – 13.00
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Contact: Molly Slocombe, 020 8305 3887
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Musical Theatre Summer School 2016 – Take the Lead
, Deptford
Trinity Laban Conservatoireof Music and Dance brings you a 5 day immersive professional Musical Theatre training experience, curated by leading industry professionals and delivered in world-class facilities.
Cost: £425, with an Early Bird offer of £375 until Monday 14 March
Dates: Monday 1 August – Friday 5 August 2016.
Location: Laban Building, Creekside, Deptford, London, SE8 3DZ
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Trinity Laban’s Music Summer School 2016 - Beyond the Dots , Deptford
This three day intensive course for younger musicians from 11-19 will feature a mix of classes with inspirational teachers, creative group work and sessions that explore what it means to be a young musician in the 21st century, taking your musicianship  ‘Beyond the Dots’.
Cost: £210
Dates: Tuesday 2 August – Thursday 4 August 2016.
Location: King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF
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The Midi Music Company

The Breakout Club, New Cross
A live showcase of up-and-coming talent, plus an open mic session and DJ. All performers are members of The Midi Music Company's CICAS® (Creative Industries Careers Advice Service). Open mic sessions are open to non-CICAS® members. Contact 02086946093
FREE ENTRY by guest list only. Register on the Eventbrite page.
Date: Monday 14th March 2016 8pm - 11pm  - 
Location: The Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY

Music Explosion, Deptford
A BSL interpreted music panel seminar, lecture and Q&A session with music business experts. Featuring ROB BUTTERWORTH, labels and publishing division at FABRIC, ROB CRACKNALL, FABRIC Booking Agent, OLI MARLOW & SAUL PRESS, FABRIC PR & Marketing.
FREE ENTRY via registration on the Eventbrite page.
If you would like to attend all three sessions please book separate tickets for each of them.
Location: The Midi Music Company, 77 Watsons Street, London SE8 4AU
Contact: 02086946093

CRE8TIV® Short Courses, Deptford
Evening courses for adults and young people aged 16+
Choose from our new Youtube one-day course, Choir, Guitar, Ableton Live
Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning 26th April 2016 (10-week term)
Location: The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson's Street, Deptford, London SE8 4AU
£100 (£50 concs) £25 one-day Youtube course
Contact: 02086946093

BMC - Budding Musicians Club, Deptford
After school music classes for 5 - 11year-olds
Choose from Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Samba Percussion, and Band Skills
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4.30pm and 5.30pm beginning 26th April 2016 (10-week term)
Location: The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson's Street, Deptford, London SE8 4AU
£50 per term
Contact: 0208694609


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