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Are you an aspiring young rapper or lyricist? Think you can trade bars with Lewisham rap legend Kenny Baraka?


Kenny has written and filmed a rap especially for the Lewisham Live Festival 2021. His rap is inspired by the young people of Lewisham, and we’d love you to get involved!


Click here to duet with Kenny on TikTok, or for other ways to join the challenge

go here.


Kenny’s rap is a call and response – we want you to write and perform the response! Your verses can be about any subject - you can write something new, showcase your old material or spit your favourite rapper’s bars.


This collaborative rap relies on you and your talent! We want to hear your brilliant ideas and artistry. We will share our favourite video responses side-by-side with Kenny’s original rap on our social media profiles, with your permission. Kenny and the Lewisham Live team can’t wait to see your work!


TikTok users can duet with Kenny here. For other ways to join the challenge,

click here.


If you have any questions or would like some help with the rap challenge, email Alex at intern@leanarts.org.uk

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People of colour, disabled and LGBTQ+ creatives are underrepresented in the Arts workforce. Those with these protected characteristics have few role models to look up to and many young creatives face challenges that stop them from progressing into higher education and the industry. If they start further training, they attend institutions that do not fully understand their journeys.


Enter KNOW YOUR WORTH.

This new programme is spearheaded by theatre practitioners and educators Ian Shillito, Sam Punnet and Lisa Stubbs in a new partnership between Lewisham College and Rose Bruford College.


KNOW YOUR WORTH is a creative and cultural industry support and mentorship programme for young underrepresented creatives. This programme runs alongside vocational creative courses, current employment or unemployment. It helps young creatives learn new skills required for further study or employment in the creative, cultural or digital performative sectors


Find out more about this programme here,



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To make creative opportunities truly inclusive to children and young people, youth voice needs to be at the forefront. This is why the Lewisham Education Arts Network has announced the Lewisham Creative Youth Council (LCYC)


What is ‘Youth Voice’?

It refers to any activity that empowers young people to have their thoughts, opinions and ideas heard, valued and acted upon; to shape, lead and produce their own activities; or be part of decision making.


Why is it important?

  • It makes sure any activities involving young people will really benefit them because it is planned by consulting with young people themselves.

  • Young people have a human right both to cultural participation and to influencing decisions that affect their own lives.

  • It can open up new ways of thinking, new challenges, and new solutions.


Lewisham Creative Youth Council (LCYC)

Members of the new LCYC will meet with other young people aged 15-19 and someone from Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) to discuss the Arts and creative opportunities in Lewisham. LEAN will listen, make notes, share experiences, and then pass on ideas to Lewisham arts organisations working with children and young people.


It is a chance for young people to help shape the future of creative projects in the borough, hang out with a friendly and relaxed group of like-minded people, and get compensated for their time.


The first meetings will be from 17.00-18.30 on 26th May, 30th June, and 21st July.


Sign up here.


Got questions? Email Nat creativecareers@leanarts.org.uk