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Illuminate Rotherhithe Ceilidh Project 2017


As part of the Illuminate Rotherhithe events in November 2017, Time & Talents collaborated with the Illuminate Rotherhithe team to initiate a free annual event for seven local schools across the Rotherhithe peninsula. Years 4 & 5 in each school were given workshops on traditional ceilidh dancing with live music delivered by The Ceilidh Tree. These culminated in a Grand Ceilidh, where close to five hundred students came to dance together en masse at Bacon’s College on the 27th November.


The participating schools were: St Joseph’s, Albion, Redriff, St John’s, Alfred Salter, Peter Hills and Rotherhithe primary schools.

Building on this pilot project, Illuminate Rotherhithe and Time & Talents plan to expand the project by offering more free workshops in folk dance and song, and integrating local history to the same seven schools. We will also collaborate once again with the Museum of London Docklands, who delivered object handling workshops.

‘Thanks for organising the ceilidh workshop on Tuesday, it was brilliant and the children loved it.’ (Caroline Bannister, Deputy Headteacher, Albion Primary)

‘Well done for organising such a fantastic event last night. All our children came back enthused, happy and exhausted! It was great and the kids loved it not to mention the adults.’  (David Weston, Deputy Head, St Joseph’s Primary)

Here’s a link to St Joseph’s blog about the Grand Ceilidh:

Schools Workshops followed by Grand Ceilidh Photo Gallery:

This project was funded by Southwark Music Hub and British Land.

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