Rise Up With The Arts

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I’m really proud to share this special piece with you all. I’ve joined an incredible project created by Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev and long-term dance partner, Anya Garnis. The project, Rise Up With The Arts, is a ticket only charity performance streamed live this Sunday, 27th March – World Theatre Day, which also happens to fall on the UK’s Mother’s Day.

The event has been created to bring attention back to the arts. Think The West End crossed with Broadway, add in some Strictly ‘sparkle’ and match it with The Voice. Okay.. More simply put.. A show full of great singers with great dancers, raising money for great charities.

Some of you may have seen my social media stories this week where my keys player, Andy Price and I went to Alexandra Palace in London to film our performance. Such an incredible building and an amazing set up. We’ve recorded a duo version of Purple Rain, which features an incredible ballet performance by Daniel Davidson from Ballet Rambert.

The show will also feature stars such as Adam Lambert, Carly Paoli, James Morrison, Esther Abrami, Rachel John, Nikita Kuzmin and Divalution.

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, Rise Up With The Arts has also chosen to support Save the Children’s Emergency Ukraine Conflict Appeal, alongside their usual charities. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping kids affected by the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the following three charities: Acting for Others, icandance and The Actors Fund. More information about these can be found on the homepage at riseupwiththearts.com 

“Having not been able to perform throughout 2020 and seeing many friends struggle without a creative outlet due to the pandemic, we decided to take matters into our own hands and create a virtual experience that could bring the Arts back to life”
Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev

The pandemic has turned the world as we know it upside down. The ways in which we live, work and socialise have now all fundamentally changed.

On March 20th 2020, the British Government closed our theatres for an indeterminate amount of time. For the tens of thousands of people across the UK working in the theatre industry, this was devastating. 

Actors, production, wardrobe, crew, theatre staff, wigs, props, sound, lighting – each and every cog that goes into making this brilliant industry turn, suddenly found themselves without work, without warning.

In all, the UK theatre industry employs over 270,000 people, many of whom have been ineligible for any kind of financial support during this time.

Anya Garnis was one such performer, who, along with many of her friends and colleagues, suddenly found herself out of work when the curtains were brought down. Upon seeing them struggling, she decided to take matters into her own hands, and Rise Up was born. Together with her long-term dance partner, Pasha Kovalev, they set about creating a show to help give back to those in an industry that has given so much to them.

On World Theatre Day 2021, Rise Up With The Arts’ inaugural show was first broadcast worldwide to an online, theatre-loving audience, delighting them with dance, music and inspirational stories.

Now, building on the success of their first year, they’re back with a brand new show and a whole host of (quite literally) all-singing, all-dancing, exceptionally talented performers.

Please show your appreciation and support for the people of this wonderful industry, by joining us on March 27th, World Theatre Day 2022, to Rise Up With The Arts once more!


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