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The Road to Freedom: Ending the Slavery in Britain

We’re delighted to be hosting The Road to Freedom: Ending Slavery in Britain in our community lounge. The exhibition has been inspired by the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act, which brought an end to slavery in Britain and its colonies.

Fun and inclusive a cappella Saturday Singing Sessions

Join us at the Carnegie Library Hub to celebrate the summer in gorgeous choral a cappella harmony! We are hosting three special stand-alone Summery Saturday Singing Sessions – inclusive and accessible workshops designed for ALL singers – from shower crooners to seasoned divas!

Poetry writing workshop inspired by poems about the slave trade

As part of the Ending Slavery in Britain exhibition in the lounge in May and June, Learning Through the Arts is hosting an adult poetry writing workshop on Saturday 15th of June from 11am till 1pm.  Open to all adults 18+ and is free to attend. An open, reflective and expressive adult poetry workshop, inspired by poems about slavery. Free booking via their event link.

Wellbeing Workshops run by Balancing Act

We’re delighted that Balancing Act Theatre Arts have recieved funding to run 6 weeks of free drama devising workshops focussed on wellbeing! All sessions are completely free! We encourage you to attend all 6 sessions in order to build on skills and activities each week.

SPRING CEILIDH!

Date for your Diaries – Thursday May 16 at the Carnegie Library Hub.
Our resident community choir, Raise the Roof, invite you to their mid spring community celebration and will serenade you with 2 short sets of gorgeous vocal harmony songs. Then over to Selfolk for a Jolly set of tunes and dances. For dancers of all ages and abilities! Pay on the door £10/£5 (Kids under 14 go free!)

The Holdovers – Free Film Screening at the Hub

Friday 3 May. Doors open 6pm for 7:30pm start
Carnegie Library Hub Community Lounge Bar open from 6pm.
We’re excited to be taking part in this year’s Herne Hill Free Film Festival and look forward to showing award winning film, The Holdovers.

Mama Codes Holiday Camp Monday 15 April 2024

Monday 15 April (inset day) 9am – 12pm.Coding and Robotics Camps for 4-7 year old and 8-11 years. Children will be guided to create their own coding projects to show off to you at the end of camp, and will learn the fundamentals of computer coding while having so much fun the learning is effortless.

Children will be guided to create their own coding projects to show off to you at the end of camp, and will learn the fundamentals of computer coding while having so much fun the learning is effortless.

Perform Easter Holiday Drama Courses: Rapunzel

Lots to do for kids at the Carnegie Library Hub this Easter and we’re excited to be hosting Perform’s dance and drama holiday course for three days in April: Wednesdy 3, Thursday 4 & Friday 5. Perform will be bringing the fairytale of Rapunzel to life in a song and dance adventure filled with fun and laughter. Learning songs, acting out scenes and playing games,  kids will unravel the wonderful story of Rapunzel, a feisty heroine who gets locked away in a tower in the forest. Will a passing prince save her or will the wicked witch get there first? Ending with a magical performance for family and friends.

Dulwich Festival Open House at the Carnegie Library Hub

Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House 2024 will be held on the weekends of 11–12 May & 18–19 May, 11am–6pm. We’re looking forward to being part of this year’s Dulwich Festival and are happy to offer free space for the two weekends to artists who can’t open up their homes. We are able to accommodate the work of five artists here in the Community lounge  at the Carnegie Library Hub.
We will also be serving teas, coffee & cakes and snacks so Dulwich festival visitors can drop in for a pit stop on their route round the houses!

Creative Voices Collective’s Exhibition

Thursday, March 28th, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at San Mei Gallery. You are warmly invited to the opening night of the exhibition, where there will be refreshments, creativity, talks, and performances. Over the past year, Creative Voices Collective has been funded by Arts Council England to deliver workshops and exhibitions exploring how the creative arts can support mental health and wellbeing, while also fostering individual artistry to create artwork that amplifies our community’s voices. This exhibition will be the culmination and celebration of the year’s work and everyone involved.

Spring Afternoon Yoga Retreat

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Embrace the start of spring and some warmer days with this afternoon of yoga. Suitable for all levels, this focused afternoon will include a gentle but warming  Vinyasa flow class  and a supportive Yin yoga session with an emphasis on the breath, letting go of winter toxins and energising the body and mind.

Art for Wellbeing on Wednesdays! New Evening Class at the Hub

Starting on Wednesday 20 March. Art for Wellbeing Classes on Wednesday evenings between 6.30-8.30pm.
These sessions aim to help relieve stress, improve focus, gently release emotional tension and experience the language of Colour. 
No previous experience necessary and all equipment is provided. £15 per session 

Balancing Act Theatre Arts Wellbeing Walk to Celebrate Spring!

The team at Balancing Act are hosting a wellbeing walk to celebrate spring and the changing of the seasons on 7 April in Ruskin Park. Meet at 2pm at the Bandstand in the park before taking a walk, socialising and getting creative. hello@batheatre.com, www.batheatre.com or follow on Instagram @batheatrearts

Astronomy at the Hub

It was great to meet local resident, Dr Francisco Diego who is an astronomer and academic at UCL. Last Saturday he hosted small group of enthusiasts, and is hoping to run an astronomy class here at the Hub in the future, and that these might develop into more general community events for all who are interested in astronomy.

Outcomes from the Popup Cafe and Lounge and next steps

We had amazing support from the community throughout the popup cafe we ran last December.  Without doubt the biggest benefit was the engagement and enthusiasm it got from the community. We were able to explain firsthand the plans for the permanent community cafe and lounge but also explain what was going on in the Hub. Many visitors kindly filled in our survey to enable us to get a feel for the support and which was very helpful to plan for the future.  Significantly we also managed to test both community cafe and lounge formats both of which are designed into our planning permission and listed building consent.