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Let us Dance in collaboration with Arnolfini in 2019

Our IGNiTE programme, brings an innovative world-class arts programme to inner-city audiences.

Whether its dance, theatre, spoken word or music we're interested in work that asks big questions about who we are and how we live. Shows are selected by our programming forum to ensure our programme is relevant to people in and around Trinity.

Through the programme, audiences get to explore and experience new ideas, encounter cross-cultural artists and take part in inspiring activities, including artist Q&As, workshops or within the performances themselves.

IGNiTE Associate and Resident artists are annual residencies, selected by our programming forum. We support artist and small organisations with commission and research and development grants, space to develop and showcase work as well as the chance to collaborate with communities who use Trinity to enhance their practice.

From January to March 2021 we will also be piloting a brand-new Support-In-Kind scheme to give independent artist and organisations free or discounted space hire to research and develop, create new work, share performances or deliver workshops. Find out more about our Support-In-Kind scheme and apply here

Sharing 'Guyabo' - read about resident artist Ania Varez' sharing of her performance that connects UK audiences with her family in Venezuela - and explores the idea of sharing grief.

Sharing our stories through Lullabies - read about Roxana's project: Lullabies From Across the City

Commission for D/Deaf disabled artist - read more about Tink's project to destigmatise 'bed days'


Uchenna Dance lead a workshop with young people from Rise Youth Dance and Hype Dance Company.  Photo Khali Ackford

Project history.

In October 2016, Trinity launched the IGNiTE programme, to increase the diversity and representation of art, artists and audiences in line with our Programme Strategy.

"I loved the attention to detail. Everything had a reason. The ability to see each individual and the collective. I was leaning into the circle, felt very invited and challenged. Audience member, Ladylike

In 2016/2017, the IGNiTE programme engaged 840 audience members and 520 participants across workshops and forum theatre and involved 50 artists:

• 62% of our audiences come from the local area

• 19% of participants are BAME - higher than the average achieved by other non-London subsidised theatres

• 45% of ticket sales for our last season were concessions - almost half our audiences are student-aged, 65+, in receipt of benefits or on low incomes

• 3 out of 5 audience members are under the age of 35 - significantly younger than the national average age of theatre attenders

• 13% said their visit to Trinity was the only time they attended a theatre/dance event all year.

You can read our full Project Evaluation here.

IGNiTE has been supported by Arts Council England using public funding by the National Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation and Foyle Foundation.

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