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/ 22 June 2015

Performing arts programme brings Tottenham communities together

Performing arts programme brings Tottenham communities together

30 children aged 8 to 14 from across two of Tottenham’s estates came together at The Engine Room for a week-long performing arts workshop aimed at providing affordable access to the arts and promoting community cohesion.

The newly created programme, ReACT, was developed in partnership with ReachGlobal’s London branch and was led by California-based performing arts students who tutored the children in a wide range of performing arts including rapping, beat boxing, dancing, singing, acting and body popping. Rehearsals took place every day, with a performance at a local school for friends and family on the Friday evening.

In addition, each lunchtime, Christian performers from the West End came to talk about what it is like to work in the performing arts, inspiring the children for what they could achieve and speaking positive values into their lives.

The programme was developed to give young people across two estates in Tottenham something positive to engage with during the half-term break and to build friendships, trust and confidence.

The Engine Room’s Andrew Kwapong said:

“It’s been great to see the young people make new friends from the different estates. It’s really helping to build confidence as they are affirmed and give them something to channel their energies into.”

This was the first time such an activity was run at The Engine Room – and for most of the children it was the first time they had participated in such an event. The hope now is that a regular programme will be developed.

The ReACT programme aligns with Capital Vision 2020, our collective vision for the next five years. Capital Vision 2020 encourages the church in London to be more confident in speaking and living Gospel of Jesus Christ, more compassionate in serving communities with the love of God and more creative in reaching new people and places in the power of the Spirit.

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