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Library loving dancers bring books to life in H&F

Hammersmith & Fulham’s libraries are set to get a whole lot livelier when a group of dancers descend in celebration of World Book Day.

The Arts Council England have announced funding for Dancing Books, creative dance classes which will be based on families’ favourite stories.

DanceWest, a community dance organisation based in Hammersmith’s Lyric theatre created the scheme, backed by H&F Council. Libraries will ask residents to nominate their favourite children’s book and the most popular titles will be used as inspiration for the creative dance classes.

“Do you have a favourite story which you’d love to share with others?”, said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“If you vote for it at your local library you could see the characters come alive through creative dance routines.

“The event is just one of a wide range of plans we’ve developed to help the arts thrive in H&F”

The scheme is part of the borough’s Arts Strategy which is packed full of ideas thought up by residents and H&F Council together.

Ideas by our residents

These include:

  • working with artists to improve public spaces
  • bringing in more art fairs and exhibitions to H&F, particularly in parks and open spaces
  • joining in more with Open House, Totally Thames, Open Studios and other London-wide festivals
  • holding more cultural events at libraries
  • working with the NHS to create activities beneficial to people’s health   
  • working with the Lyric Theatre, the charity A New Direction and others to create a Cultural Education Partnership, creating more opportunities for young people
  • creating more opportunities for local artists to be part of events such as Playday

Dancing Books will be launched on World Book Day on 2 March next year.

“We have designed a programme that will get everyone on their feet and inspired about reading again,” said Dance West director Rosie Whitney-Fish.

“We’re really excited about bringing books to life.”