People’s Postcode Lottery

Enabling community participation in the arts

Between August 2022 to February 2024, Movema’s programme was supported by a Neighbourhood Trust grant from People’s Postcode Lottery.
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The grant helped delivery our Core work is categorised in the following 4 key areas over 18 months.

Cultural Communities: providing broad engagement through regular classes, annual performance projects and collaborative work. We created spectacular community performance whilst investing in artist development. These projects target disengaged groups with limited access to the arts.

Creative Productions: producing and touring professional dance works including Taking Flight telling stories of migration experiences, informed by our Asylum Seeking and Refugee Communities.

Creative Pathways: Providing training/development including on the job experiences and professional dance leadership courses.

Children and Young People: offering workshops/courses for schools, after school clubs and holiday activities. Including developing ‘World In A Box’ resources for creative exploration and stimulating dialogue about different cultures.

Over the 18 months, our activities made a significant impact including:
  • Breaking barriers to participation in dance and performance, ensuring access isn’t limited by socio-economic status. Engaging 10,000 people.
  • Involving approx 4,000 children and young people contributing to their development, growth, social skills, creativity, wellbeing and guiding them towards creative opportunities.
  • Skill Development with participants from different backgrounds building performance skills, enriching the cultural landscape and fostering personal growth. Including 30 opportunities for community performance.
  • Over 80% of individuals reported improved confidence and self-esteem, empowering them to embrace their identities and realise their potential.
  • Our wider communities gained knowledge of diverse cultures, promoting understanding and tolerance.
  • Engagement in dance and performance improved physical and mental health for benefactors, serving as outlets for stress relief and social connection reported by over 85%.