Sunday August 18, 2019



Matt Lane Blog - Eastside News

It’s fun to be writing my first blog post for Eastside.  I’ve been CEO / Artistic Director since January 2017 and together with our 150 brilliant creative artists and practitioners, we’ve been working really hard to deliver our mission to develop the creative thinking of children and young people across London and beyond.

Firstly, we secured our core funding from the Arts Council 2018 – 2022 – thank you ACE for supporting us and believing in our work.  Soon after we launched our new strategy ‘Unlocking Creative Potential’  which guides everything we do. 
Then we refurbished the ground floor of our excellent Shoreditch premises and have more remodelling works in the pipeline to make sure our building works brilliantly for us.
In the midst of all that we have launched a wonderful new school workshops programme right in time for Black History Month – please take a look at our exciting new offer or give us a ring if you want to find out more or book a workshop. Whether you are a primary or a secondary school, interested in African drumming or Black History Heroes, drama and Anansi storytelling or music and dance I think we will have something for you.


Why not have a look at our new free teachers’ resource which celebrates the incredible achievements of Sam Beaver King (aka Mr Windrush) who worked hard to help establish the first Caribbean-style carnival in 1959 – the precursor to the Notting Hill Carnival – a wonderful example of a great contribution to our London cultural offer.
It’s so refreshing to see great culture and creativity pulsing through our work with children and young people all across London.  As we approach 2019, the year of Eastside’s 25th anniversary,  I will be blogging about what I see, what’s going on at Eastside (and in the wider world) to share updates and perspectives on why creative and cultural learning is not a privilege but a right for our young people.  

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