News from Raw Material

NEW ARTS NIJMEGEN– This week Raw head out to Nijmegen in the Netherlands to meet up with New Arts, an innovatory arts organisation.

We are joined by our Croatian and Italian partners for this initial get together prior to the 2016 ‘Creative Lab’  ERASMUS+ project. The Raw group and partners will be spending two days in Nijmegen and going on an ‘Art Tour’ to Den Hague with the New Arts project team.
Creative Lab aims to explore and share best practice in arts work with young people in a European context. Pilot work took place in 2015 in Turin Italy in a mental health setting.
GRIT SCHOOL kicks off on Monday. This is a six week project for young musicians to gain industry awareness through a series of masterclasses and hands on sessions in the studio. Run with partners SGS,  a new Lambeth group that works with schools, this project is a first for SGS and Raw Material is pleased to provide the support to such projects that share resources, expertise and create increased access to high quality experiences for young people.
YOUTHSAYERS – funded by a Grants for the Arts award, this project will provide a different kind of experience for young musicians. It starts this Wednesday with members from the Soothsayers Afro Beat collective, headed up by horn maestro Robin Hopcraft. Young musicians  will spend several weeks honing their craft across all instruments towards a final concert.
BIG LOCAL ‘PRODUCTION HOUSE– A Youth forum is taking place this week in preparation for the next Production House project that launches on 19 April. The project runs for 10 weeks, covers music production, live sound, radio, DJ skills, graphic design, marketing and promotion and culminates in a performance event.
ENO– the Raw team and community partners meet up this week with ENO Baylis team to review the recent highly successful ‘Millions of Years’ performance at the British Museum of Philip Glass opera ‘Akhnaten’ and discuss new plans for collaborations later in the year.
BUILDING BEATS– Plans have been under way this week to visit Building Beats, an exemplary New York based youth music organisation, with a view to developing an international partnership, following our visit in late September.
FINAL TOUCHES– completing our Strategic capital grant funded renovation of the centre, we hang the final commissioned art work from artist Laila B,  a total of 8 large canvasses were commissioned.
EVALUATION- We review the last 12 weeks of the RAW SOUNDS mental health programme, which culminated in a capacity event with spectacular live music at POW club Brixton, all filmed by the Community Channel. A new project will be starting with Tate Modern in May using photography and design for music album art work.
ROCCHA Seminar- Effectively Measuring Impact- The well attended seminar from ROCCHA is helping to pave the way to both understanding and measuring real impact in our work. A further session is planned for May.
Pop Brixton lit up this Saturday with performances from Lambeth emerging music talent. Music Masters, Raw Material, SGS and Groove School gave it their best – from classical to hip hop and dub vibes, all showing some of the best new talent developing in Lambeth, from 11 year DJ’s and dancers, to rappers and singers and a full orchestra, all under one roof.
Earlier in the day Kinetico Bloco roused up Black Cultural Archives and spread their beats out across Windrush Square, all part of Lambeth Music Week and the Music Network programme.
Included in the activities catch the debate on Thursday 24 at the Southbank centre 2-5pm where we will be exploring how music works with young people in challenging circumstances- Raw Material will be focussing on our work in mental health.

The Lambeth Music Festival is back with 3,000 young musicians and artists performing in ten concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and many others!

Lambeth Music network celebrates diversity of music in the borough of Lambeth, bringing together a huge variety of young people to showcase their musical talents. The events this year include live music, DJ sets from Raw Material, Kinetika bloco, Groove School, London Music Matters and School Ground Sounds.

This year BBC’s the Voice finalist Lara Lee and beatboxing champion Bellatrix will be among the festivals special guests at the Southbank centre, which will host performances for primary school kids, with up to 1,800 performing.

The Lambeth Music Festival Southbank Centre performances are on March 15,15, 22, 23 and 24. Local performances are on at March 19 at Black Cultural Archives and Pop Brixton.

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I -DREAM Alliance has been commissioned by Lambeth Council for a further year to provide specialist approaches to working with young people affected by drugs and alcohol issues. Following the successful pilot this year, the project will be able to continue to develop their services throughout 2016.

I -DREAM Alliance are Raw Material, 198 Contemporary Arts and Culture, Photofusion, Alford House, SE1 United and Streatham Youth Centre and the University of Brighton.