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 Trinity Laban’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.

We are getting loud / We have woken up / The future is coming from all of us / We are powerful together / We are enough / This is our home / So let us move from here to hope / For a new Lewisham

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

Tickets for both 3pm and 14.30pm performances are free but ticketed.

Composer: ESKA
Lead Choreographer: Sarah Golding
Writer & Narrator: Cecilia Knapp
Director: Hannah Gittos
Associate Choreographer: Waddah Sinada

Dance Artists: Damien Anyasi, Blue Makwana, Chloe Stone
Dance Assistants: Kira Brown, Ebony Robinson, Holly Smith, Vivian Triant
Vocal Tutors: Alice Grant, Clare Caddick, Emily Coates
Vocal Assistants: Ellie Bingham, Caterina Carvalho, Georgina Innes-Myers, Nikita Roberts, Nathan Stubbings

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Hope 4 Justice by ESKA, Cecilia Knapp, Sarah Golding and Lewisham young people, is created and produced by Trinity Laban. Co-commissioned by Trinity Laban and the Albany for We Are Lewisham. We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.