St John’s, Leytonstone, London

We partnered with St John’s in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest in North East London, to install a new sound system. The new system has dramatically increased their ability to attract new audiences to their events.

We rolled out a series showcasing the mighty jazz outfit, The Bad Plus, and world-renowned Indian Violinist Jyotsna Srikanth. We presented Buster Keaton’s silent cinema gem, The General (part of a live score and light show by band Haiku Salut). And we’ve hosted so many more. We also partner with the Barbican to co-curate their Leytonstone Loves Film.

Here, we hosted Africa Express. This collective of African and Western artists came together for a sold-out celebration of unity. And it happened in the very borough where founding member Damon Albarn grew up. Up to 100 artists from across Africa, Europe and Britain took part. 

A highlight was when we facilitated a critical project with the local council. We invited local college bands and artists to compete in early 2019 to be part of Africa Express. Emerging bands from local colleges across Waltham Forest battled it out for a place in this live competition. The contenders performed in front of a panel of expert judges made up of youth engagement leaders, Africa Express artists and Damon Albarn, founder of Blur.