Lewisham Reveals Official London Borough of Culture 2022 Programme

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Showcasing the creativity and diversity of the borough, and tackling the climate emergency

Lewisham has unveiled plans for its year as London Borough of Culture 2022 - We Are Lewisham. The borough will celebrate the power of culture and its diverse communities, aiming to bring about positive change in its year as London Borough of Culture in 2022.

The programme will kick-off in January 2022 with a borough-wide celebration paying homage to Lewisham’s change makers, trailblazers, and social justice pioneers. From this point onwards, it will be all go!

The We Are Lewisham programme will include imaginative and ambitious new works ranging from dance, to sculpture, to community engagement. To wet your appetite, here’s a little taster of the events that will be happening in Lewisham throughout 2022…


  • 200 dancers will showcase the positive impact of migration on Lewisham; An outdoor dance spectacle will come to Beckenham Place Park, directed by choreographers Kristina and Sade Alleyne and developed in partnership with IRIE! Dance theatre, highlighting Black creative leaders in dance and the positive impact of migration on the borough.


  • New public artwork for climate action; Breathe: 2022 will be a striking new public artwork close to the South Circular Road. Presented by Invisible Dust and created by artist Dryden Goodwin, ten years on from his first creation of Breathe, it will depict his five-year-old son inhaling and exhaling, highlighting the growing emergency for climate action. This will pay homage to the case of Lewisham resident Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, 9. Ella’s mother, Rosamund, tirelessly and successfully campaigned for air pollution to be included on her death certificate, due to the adverse effects of air pollution to her health.


  • Pop, grime, afrobeat, jazz, global, classical and punk; Revolution Through Music will tell the story of Lewisham’s activist musical heritage, celebrating the grassroots musical culture that evolved from the borough. Events will be throughout the year with Dave Okumu, Novelist and Linton Kwesi Johnson.


  • Ten tons of sand, 13 vocalists and an all-female creative team; Co-presented with the Albany, LIFT and Serpentine, the UK premier of the award-winning Sun & Sea will transform the Albany, recreating a beach scene inviting visitors to explore the relationship between people and our planet.


  • A steaming bowl of Phô; Sonic Phô which will bring food and stories from the largest Vietnamese community in London together in one unique audio experience.


  • The Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival is coming to Lewisham; Showcasing a diverse programme of ground-breaking art, performance and interactive installations from D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists, Liberty Festival will offer an inclusive and accessible experience, with relaxed and BSL interpreted live performances, audio described visual art and quiet areas.


  • Young people from diverse backgrounds at the centre of climate justice; Climate Home, a new low carbon pop-up creative space, based in Deptford, will house an eclectic climate focused programme of performances and events led by youth arts collective Sounds Like Chaos and a network of local partners.


Trinity Laban, Goldsmiths University of London, the Rivoli Ballroom, the Albany and the Horniman Museum, will all be part of the ‘We Are Lewisham’ programme as it  bring different generations, artists and members of the community together to create a lasting legacy of positive change.


London Borough of Culture is a Mayor of London initiative which puts culture at the heart of local communities. It celebrates the character and diversity of London’s boroughs, aiming to increase access to culture for everyone.

Get ready for a year of excitement. #WeAreLewisham

Lewisham’s year as London Borough of Culture will celebrate everything that is great about our borough and showcase the incredible talents from Lewisham...and we can’t wait to welcome people to have a great time exploring our borough.
Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham Star Star Star Star Star
Lewisham’s ambitious programme will show how culture can empower communities to pursue positive change. It is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the talent, innovation and artistry that can be found across our capital and will be a very exciting year for its residents, Londoners and visitors alike.
Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London Star Star Star Star Star
Lewisham has always been somewhere that stands up for what it believes in, and the year will showcase the power of the arts to inspire positive change and celebrate our borough’s contributions to music, visual art, dance and more.
Gavin Barlow , Creative Director of Lewisham, London Borough of Culture Star Star Star Star Star
I feel so proud of being from Lewisham and, more importantly than that, it’s an integral part of my musicality, my politics, my understanding of the entire world and how it works. If I wasn’t from Lewisham I don’t think I’d be the artist I am. James Joyce said: “If I can get to the heart of Dublin, I can get to the heart of the world” and that’s exactly how I feel about Lewisham – it’s so present in my work. Everything’s here – you don’t have to look anywhere else, just be here and you will understand the universal in the particular.
Kae Tempest, Spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright Star Star Star Star Star