A reflection of the memories of our residents of the dance halls and places of entertainment in the Hammersmith of their youth.

Dancing for Joy

After the successful implementation of DanceWests “Bolder not Older” weekly dance classes for adults 65+ at Sycamore House, we have commissioned DanceWest to deliver a performance for our 400th Anniversary.

DanceWest starts the project with reminiscence and oral history sessions, taking residents back to the nights out on the town they enjoyed in iconic but now demolished venues. The residents will be asked to recall dancing, the kinds of music they listened to, the experience of nights out, what they remember of the venues themselves, their relationship to those younger selves. Photos of the venues and the residents will be collected as well as recordings of the music.

Using that material as a starting point DanceWest will commission a piece of choreography suitable for the Bolder not Older dance group – possibly in conjunction with other dance groups run by Dance West, including the mooted older peoples’ semi professional dance company.

The new work will be performed at the Grand Party and filmed for posterity.

 

Hammersmith reflections

This time a guest blog by Sian Alexander (Lyric Hammersmith)

Welcome back to our blog “Hammersmith Reflections” where our Trustees share with us their thoughts about Hammersmith United Charities and our local area. This time we have a special guest writing for us: Sian Alexander, Chief Executive of the Lyric Hammersmith. Keep on reading to find out more about the Lyric (more…)

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Aunt Esther’s Story – Enigma Event

Last Saturday we had our second Enigma Event in partnership with “Women Make Change” who put together a great event for International Women’s Day. Women Make Change is a charity that promotes and protects the health and safety of women and girls affected by domestic violence.

Melanie Nock took the chance to introduce Aunt Esther’s Story. Esther Bruce’s autobiography written by Stephen Bourne tells the story of a black London Seamstress from 1912–1994 and provides a first-hand account of the life of a black Londoner in the pre-Empire Windrush years. When Esther Bruce was born in Fulham in 1912 only small black communities exited in Britain.

Another big announcement was the launch of the “Agents for Change” Women’s Leadership Programme that we founded in partnership with the H&F Council, the Imperial College and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Applycations are open now, find more information here: http://www.agentsforchange.wixsite.com/agentsforchange 

 

 

 

 

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Call out for disabled Artists!

JOY is a new strand to the Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Fest celebrating local disabled (more…)

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Women Make Change – International Womens Day Event

Where: White City Community Centre
When: Saturday, 10.03.2018 starting at 3.30 (more…)

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