Southwark’s cultural organisations provide all kinds of opportunities for young people to learn, connect and create. We’ll be sharing a selection each month.
Youth Platform are a group of young creatives aged 16 to 21, living or studying in Southwark. Get in touch if you want to work on creative projects, meet artists and designers and go on cultural visits.
The Art Assassins is South London Gallery’s young people’s forum. They work with artists, designers, filmmakers and each other to create events for other young people and a wider audience.
Young Peckham Academy is Theatre Peckham’s training programme for ages 16+. Membership for the year is just £10, providing access to casting announcements, workshops, ticket discounts and more.
Saturday Club with University of the Arts London, South Work with UAL tutors and outreach ambassadors and gain a better understanding of university art education and creative careers.
LCCM Women in Music – A Day of Performance, Panels & Workshops
Singers, songwriters, producers and musicians will be offering professional insights on the music industry at this free online event. 20 March, 12pm
Artist in Conversation with Youth Platform, Meera Shakti Osborne and A.G. These digital and sound artists will be talking about their work and their recent collaboration with Youth Platform on Digital Tapestry. 25 March, 5.30pm
Help shape Southwark’s new Youth Service
If you’re aged 11 to 25, Southwark’s youth service is here for you, and they’d like you to choose the workshops, courses and sports activities that they’ll provide in the future. You can register your choices by filling in this survey. There’s also a chance to win £150 worth of vouchers by coming up with a name, logo or image to represent the new Youth Service.
Try Something New
Head to our What’s On Diary for online events and activities for all ages. Here are a few highlights
Indulge in a few belly laughs
The Elephant and Castle Community Hub’s Comedy Night is guaranteed to give you the giggles. Join the fun on Zoom. 21 March, 7pm
Meet the Manzes, the Roffos and the Rossis
Join Neil Crossfield and People’s Company on Zoom for a talk about the impact and contribution Italians have made to the borough. 25 March, 7pm
Give your ears a treat
Sands Films Music Room is proud to present a second virtual live performance for the ‘Fred Thomas Series’ with some of the most striking musical talent in London. 25 March, 8pm
Level up at the Coder Dojo with Southwark Libraries (for ages 7 to 13)
Whether you’re a beginner or at a more advanced level, come and learn new coding skills and share your creative work online. 26 March, 4.30pm
Hear some facts about the Mayflower that you never learnt at school
Charting the Mayflower – The Enquiry will bring London Bubble’s unique mix of theatre and historical research into your home, through live performance, film and chat. 27 and 28 March, 3pm or 7pm
Hop on board for some local history
People’s Company invite you to ride back in time with Aylesbury Memories, a virtual animated coach tour, where you’ll get to know some characters from local history. 28 March, 7pm
Stay local, walk local with the Brunel Museum
Get your family or bubble group (up to 5 people) out for some fresh air and history on a guided walk around Rotherhithe or Wapping. (Updates to COVID-19 restrictions permitting). 2 to 6 April, 11am or 1pm
Go on a virtual artistic adventure with Southwark Park Galleries
These free workshops are open to all with creative minds aged 55+. Sign up now and receive your kit of art materials. 11am, bi-monthly from 16 April
Creativity in lockdown
Claire Finn is an actor and writer from Nottingham who moved to Elephant and Castle in 2017. She is a member of The People’s Company, based at Southwark Playhouse, and wrote parts of the script for Aylesbury Memories.
Claire has participated in various online art festivals with her own performance pieces, created whilst in lockdown: Living ghost is a spoken word monologue about a haunting in lockdown that touches on loneliness in isolation. Voice of the seasons is a poem that focuses on how the changes in the seasons affects our behaviour, cultures and traditions. Both performances were chosen for the BBC Upload Festival and Claire toured them through a number of online fringe events. Find out more in this article about her recent experiences.
It counts everyone, and everyone counts: how the census records the real Southwark
As well as helping to plan our public services, the census is a treasure trove of detail for future historians and for anyone who wants to uncover their roots. Maybe your descendants will be looking you up in 2121! Find out how you can access the census returns from 1841 to 1911 and do some detective work on your own ancestors or neighbourhood on the Southwark Heritage Blog.
Did you know, your Southwark Libraries membership gives you free access to all sorts of historical documents through Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast? Follow the links on the libraries catalogue homepage.
If you’re just getting started with your family history and need some advice, contact the archives team.
Tell us your story of Southwark
Southwark’s Libraries and Heritage team are working with Syrup Magazine on a project about the borough and its people, to be included in the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
Please help us capture Southwark Today by answering a few questions in this survey by the end of March.
When’s your next online event?
Culture and Events Team
PO Box 64529
London, SE1 5LX
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45