Can I talk to you about.. Periods? Jessie Lawson set herself a challenge. Walk from Dalston to Clapton and stop as many people as she could on the street and asked them to talk to her about periods. Then she ended up at her mum’s boat, so chatted to her mum about periods too.
The Ancestor’s Trail
Celia Robbins discovers a unique event taking place in Epping Forest later this month. The Ancestor’s Trail is a walk that’s inspired by science. It’s all about evolution and the tree of life – with added music, poetry and dance. If you’d like to join the walkers on Saturday 29th, you can find all the details about starting points, and register at ancestorstrail.org.uk.
Studio interview with Simon Milner
Pearl Wise talks to artist Simon Milner about his upcoming show The Night Is Over, Applaud! at Doomed Gallery in Dalston. Doomed Gallery 65 Ridley Road Private view 27th July 6pm – 9pm Open 29th & 30th July 11am – 7pm
We talk to Asma Shah and Roxi Johanshahi from east London based company ‘You Make It’, who are on a mission totally transform local young women’s lives, also with them is Sherin Adam, a You Make It graduate is here to tell us how the scheme worked for her.
EastCastexplores the arts, culture and community nurtured in East London but resonating way beyond. This month Jonny Virgo and Pearl Wise are joined by Roxi Jahanshani and Asma Shah from You Make It an organisation enabling young unemployed women to pursue their goals, influential transmedia creator and CEO of story gaming platformConducttr Rob Pratten and and cross-media artist SG Milner ahead of his The Night Is Over, Applaudexhibition. New contributor Celia Robbins takes us on The Ancestors Trail in Epping Forest and Jessie Lawson investigates why ‘that time of the month’ is still taboo.
Studio Interview: East End Film Festival Pearl Wise speaks to Andrew Simpson, founder and curator of the East End Film Festival about this year’s programme, Mark Gillis director of his feature debut Sink, and photographer Mitra Tabrizian director of her feature debut Golham.
Studio Interview: CityLife Stories
We learn about East London University’s CityLife Stories with project administrator Sam and Rebecca Hawkins winner of this year’s City Life prize for Fiction by young writers with her short story ‘London Calling’
London is facing increasing pressure from a changing and globalising world, our communities struggling to accommodate the flux associated with population growth, migration and economic uncertainty. Yet as a society we continue to view the Western city as the model of development – at the forefront of modernisation and progress. In March 2016 we travelled to Accra in Ghana, looking to this rapidly growing African city for an ex-centric study of contemporary responses to 21st century pressures. The exhibition presents a collection of personal stories from across Ghana’s capital, which heard together; tell broader narratives about the city, its diverse and distinct communities and idiosyncratic inhabitants. Despite its challenges, we found communities within Accra that remain resilient and expectant. Characteristics that manifest themselves in a highly social urban landscape able to integrate strangers, accommodate change and above all adapt. Using interviews, sound, imagery, drawings and ephemera we present a series of part real, part imagined walks through the city.