ELEVATE - supporting diverse talent in the creative industries
Lambeth’s mission to support diverse talent and open up the creative workplace
ELEVATE's mission is to support diverse talent and make sure that Lambeth's leading creative and digital industries are a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Launching the programme, Cllr Jack Hopkins, Leader of the Council said:
"Lambeth is well known as a borough with wonderful art and culture, and is leading the way in attracting creative and digital businesses, but there is often a stark lack of diversity in these thriving sectors of the economy. We know that the opportunities for jobs, training or experience in the creative sector are not always visible to everybody. Some of our residents aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve to fulfil their talent and succeed in the creative industries.
"We want to change this with ELEVATE, Lambeth’s mission to support diverse talent and open up the creative workplace. Through ELEVATE, over the coming years, Lambeth will be working on pioneering projects with employers, educators and community groups – discovering, nurturing and promoting creative talent.
"Our drive for change starts with you. ELEVATE launches in July with two ground-breaking events: ERIC Festival at POP Brixton, 6 July and Livity Inside Out at Lambeth Country Show, 20-21 July. If you are 16-25 come along and find out how you could elevate your career."
ERIC Festival at POP Brixton, Saturday 6 July
A radical careers fair, designed by young people, for young people.
Sam and Mae, directors of ERIC, say:
ERIC Festival is an alternative, youth-led careers event for young creatives. This year we’re partnering with POP to host a first-of-its-kind and completely free community festival, a day-to-night event for 400+ 16-25 year olds. You’ll find a mixed programme of talks, creative experiences, immersive workshops, exhibitions, pop-up stalls, showcases and lots more. We’re working with the BBC, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, BFI and many more creative companies who want to connect with young creative talent in Lambeth.
The event is completely free, so book your tickets at www.ericfestival.com/eric-fest
Livity | Inside Out at Lambeth Country Show, Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 July
Livity, a creative network based in Brixton, has taken 15 young people on a transformative journey to change the narrative around violence affecting young people. The project will culminate in the biggest youth led festival this summer at Lambeth Country Show. Come and interact with makers, performers and game changers as they demonstrate who is owning the narrative. Explore our youth market, take part in workshops, soak up the music, talks, spoken word, art and more. Prepare to be mind blown.
Alongside ERIC and Livity, ELEVATE brings forward a set of innovative projects in 2019 that enable people from all backgrounds to realise their creative potential:
The Old Vic Lambeth Front Line
If you’re 16-25 and want to experience what it’s like working in a theatre and other cultural attractions across the borough, the Frontline project could be for you. Applications open.
B3 Media Creative Catalyst
A new incubator lab for 12 artists and filmmakers to explore their creativity, develop commercial and digital skills, and gain vital industry contacts. Inviting applications from June 2019.
The WOW Foundation WOWsers
Five Girls Clubs are being set up in Lambeth secondary schools, enabling young women to develop projects that will be showcased during International Day of the Girl and the WOW Festival. More information about the WOW Foundation
Creative London: The South Bank
A new resource for primary schools has been developed, bringing the buildings and professions belonging to Southbank Centre, the BFI, National Theatre and Rambert alive for key stages 2 and 3 pupils (part of the GLA’s London Curriculum). Available from 4 July 2019.
A Lambeth Cultural Education Partnership
With support from A New Direction, a Lambeth partnership network with dedicated Cultural Education Manager championing and supporting the connection between schools and cultural organisations in the borough. Read more about the partnership.
Stay up to date
Guided by its Project Advisory Group and Young Elevators, ELEVATE will bring new projects on stream in future years.
Keep an eye on this page and on the Lambeth Council twitter handle:
@lambeth_council #LambethELEVATE #OurLambeth #mylocalculture
Starting ELEVATE here and now is made possible by a Cultural Impact Award from the Mayor of London, secured by Lambeth Council through its London Borough of Culture bid – Radical Hearts. Open Minds. With this same spirit we want to lift horizons and help shape futures for Lambeth’s next generation.
Photos, copyright: ERIC, B3 Media, WOW Foundation, Karol Wyszynski, The Old Vic, Ben Carpenter, Francis Augusto