Celebrating The Welcome Project – The Story So Far

Our vision at South East Dance is a world where every body is empowered to create, take part in and enjoy dance in all its forms.

We help people to discover their own relationship with dance, working with them to create the type of activities they want. And we work with artists who are committed to taking creative risks, pushing boundaries and challenging perceptions of what dance is and can be.

A BLK Diamond dance workshop in St Peter's Square for Our City Dances 2021. Photo by Rosie Powell

Our Welcome Project is a prime example of our vision in practice. Launched in 2017, The Welcome Project is our way of getting to know and creating dance with the communities living and working in the area around The Dance Space. We’ve been working with partners on the doorstep - including Brooke Mead Extra Care Facility and Brighton Unemployed Centre Families  Project, as well our Community Steering Group made up of people connected with the area - to design dance activities for the local community to enjoy.

We recently celebrated three years of The Welcome Project and as part of that milestone we have been reflecting on what we’ve learned along the way. 

We gathered the information presented below through a range of methods: by collecting statistics; by talking to the artists, partners, and volunteers who have helped to deliver the project; and to the participants and audiences who have taken part.

The Welcome Project is supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, D'Oyly Carte, Sussex Community Foundation, Postcode Community Trust, Brandwatch, St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation and Brighton & Hove City Council.

To read our full-length evaluation of The Welcome Project, please contact us at hello@southeastdance.org.uk 

The Welcome Project Evaluation

The Welcome Project: What We Set Out To Achieve

Part one of an evaluation of the first three years of The Welcome Project

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The Welcome Project: What We Set Out To Achieve

The Welcome Project: Who We’ve Been Working With

Part two of an evaluation of the first three years of The Welcome Project

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The Welcome Project: Who We’ve Been Working With

The Welcome Project: What We Did

Part three of an evaluation of the first three years of The Welcome Project

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The Welcome Project: What We Did

The Welcome Project – What We’ve Learned

Part four of an evaluation of the first three years of The Welcome Project

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The Welcome Project – What We’ve Learned

The Welcome Project: What’s Next?

Part five of an evaluation of the first three years of The Welcome Project

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The Welcome Project: What’s Next?