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Bellingham in Harmony

Funded on Spacehive 31 May 2016

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Bellingham in Harmony

Bellingham in Harmony

Christ Church United Reformed Church By Christ Church United Reformed Church

Bringing together music and dance groups in Bellingham, with the aim of performing together at the Lewisham People's Day in 2016. New friendships and stronger community bonds will form along the way.

Lewisham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 May 2016!

Bellingham is a place with a strong sense of community, with many small groups working to release the potential of its people. Various arts groups focus on dance, music, and song. They all work hard to fund the professional coaches needed to set and keep high standards. This project would provide a common goal to bring the groups together. Word of mouth and other forms of publicity will have greater impact when all are focusing on a shared objective. Each would be offered support so that they could rehearse separately as well as collectively. The visible result will be a high energy, excellently performed piece at the People's Day in 2016, bringing people of all backgrounds and ages together.

What we'll deliver:

  • Design a joint performance piece from Bellingham drawing on music, song, and dance
  • Perform at the Lewisham People's Day in July 2016
  • Support rehearsals in the first half of 2016, with occasional preview performances

Why it's a great idea:

Bellingham is a special place to live, full of talented and caring people. It's a community of great diversity which is constantly changing as new people arrive, and there is a constant need for activities which bring people together across interest groups. This is a project which will create space for all ages. The mash-up possibilities are endless: Bellingham Golden Oldies Line Dancers, African Drummers, Bellingham Community Gospel Choir, local schools bands and orchestras etc. All these perform annually at the Bellingham Festival. This project brings them together in one glorious performance. The performers will gain a platform for excellence, their families and community will gain pride from seeing them on a big stage, and the audience will have something to remember for the rest of the year. Most importantly, new friendships will form with a positive effect on community cohesion in one of the poorest boroughs in Lewisham.

Steps to get it done:

  • Contact the leaders of arts groups in Bellingham - there already are some links.
  • Make sure that the local community support organisations are behind the project.
  • Register with the People's Day in February when registrations open
  • Seek opportunities to perform together in the period before the People's Day
  • Use the funds to provide professional fees where necessary.
  • Agree together on what will be performed and schedule separate and joint rehearsals.
  • Design publicity for the project and publicise widely to increase local involvement
  • Ensure that transport is available for the performance, funding this where necessary
  • Expect participating groups to continue to fundraise for their ongoing support
  • Perform well on the day and spread news of this through social media

The performing arts are a means of building confidence and giving voice to people who would otherwise be unheard and overlooked. "Bellingham in Harmony" will be proof of a community with heart and soul.

Location Lewisham

About the space

A 1920s housing estate built round Bellingham Green.


London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £5,216

20 Choir practice sessions - £2,000 (38%)
10 drumming workshops - £1,750 (34%)
Rental for rehearsal space - £300 (6%)
Contribution to light and heat - £300 (6%)
Crowdfunding contribution to hire of space - £300 (6%)
Publicity - flyers/posters - £200 (4%)
Transport to People's day - £100 (2%)
Other - £266 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

20 Choir practice sessions
10 drumming workshops
Rental for rehearsal space
Contribution to light and heat
Crowdfunding contribution to hire of space
Publicity - flyers/posters
Transport to People's day
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £5,216

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