The Albany


A free programme for young people (13-19) in South London, to explore and develop a passion for the arts. Specialising in theatre, music and spoken word, young people are inspired through weekly workshops, courses, performances and the opportunity to produce events and work alongside professionals.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112521)

Check mark Match funded




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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment




Lewisham is the 11th most deprived borough in London. It is culturally rich and diverse but socially and economically disadvantaged. A reduction in youth provision locally means there is little to inspire young people or for them to engage with in a meaningful way. Many will not have the opportunity to engage with the arts or to consider them as a viable career path. There is already a high rate of unemployment in the area and a below average number of pupils achieve 5 or more GCSEs.


The Albany aims to address this issue by providing a free and comprehensive programme of accessible cross art-form workshops, courses and performances at various levels of engagement for local young people. The programme will be youth led and supported by industry professionals and aims to develop transferable skills for life and for a potential career in the arts.