Get to know your neighbours: Beatroot Creative

Get to know your neighbours: Beatroot Creative

Who are they?

With a focus on working in Waltham Forest and helmed by community development specialist Emma Betts, Beatroots Creative is a social enterprise committed to developing young people's skills, supporting health and wellbeing, and bringing communities together through music.

Last year, they developed the project Grime Waltham Forest to both shine a light on the borough's incredible grime heritage, and develop and showcase it’s young people's skills.

What are they up to at Leytonstone Loves Film?

As part of the project, Beatroots Creative commissioned youth focused social enterprise, MVP Workshops, to train and work with a group of 16-25 year old filmmakers to create Grime Waltham Forest – The Documentary – which we’re very pleased to be giving a hometown airing on Saturday 28th September.

The story of grime, now one of the UK’s most successful cultural exports, began right here in ‘00s East London with young, working class Londoners venting their frustrations through the kind of DIY music-making historically associated with punk.

The finished doc celebrates the artists, producers and promoters from the borough who contributed to the creation and development of the genre. The film features archive footage as well as interviews with JammerChad 'Ratty' StennettDPowerSharky MajorCoelle (aka Lady Fury), BruzaMizz Beats and Alex Boateng (aka Twin).

Their favourite memory of Leytonstone?

Emma: “Seeing so many amazing artists as part of Africa Express: The Circus as part of the Borough of Culture celebrations earlier this year is definitely one. 

In terms of the project, last year’s “Where next for Grime?” panel at the Leytonstone Ballroom - with Sharky Major, Jammer, Flowdan, Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan, Lemzi and Twin, expertly chaired by Chantelle Fiddy - is another.  A chance to hear some of the legends of the genre, as well as the rising talent they’ve influenced, speaking together in one room and sharing their insights is something we won’t forget!”

How can you get involved?

Over the next few months, they’ll be adding more content to the Grime Waltham Forest website including footage from last year’s two week programme of events. They’re also going to be developing some educational resources for schools and colleges to sit alongside the film, as well as looking for more opportunities for screenings.

If you’d like to get involved in any of these activities, or more generally help out volunteering, get in touch with Emma.

And, of course, you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for their latest!