This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by Kasia Uscinska and Viv Ellis from Nasty Women, an event celebrating female artists in support of women’s rights. Jessie Lawson continues her series of starting conversations and talks to random East Londoners about masturbation, we hear about a collaborative exhibition with residents from the Wedlock Barn Estate in Hoxton – Permissible Notations Of, Oliver Meek executive director of Dalston’s Rio Cinema explains why the cinema is such an important part of local heritage and singer-songwriter Phil Cosby plays live in the studio ahead his Blue Daze EP release.
EastCast explores 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 platform Conducttr Rob Pratten and and cross-media artist SG Milner ahead of his The Night Is Over, Applaud exhibition. 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.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and new recruit Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by East London University’s creative writing organisation CityLife Stories and this year’s winner of their short story prize, The East End Film Festival take over en masse with curator Andrew Simpson, Gholam director Mitra Tabrizian and Sink director Mark Gillis, Jonny digs deep at the Archaeology of Crossrail exhibition at Museum of Docklands and Sasha meets a women’s football team putting Hackney on the map.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and new recruit Jess Lawson are joined by Douglas Karson to talk about an ambitious 10 day bonanza of cabaret, comedy, film, art and music at One2Festival in London Fields, members of the children’s literacy charity Hackney Pirates talk about their adventures in radio making, Pearl finds out why an Estate Agency in Stoke Newington is promoting property in Stoke on Trent and discovers a new analogue multi-venue; The Institute of Light. Singer-songwriter STAC plays live in the studio to celebrate her brand new Perpetual EP release.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo are joined by Fatos Ustek curator of Art Night, an exciting new contemporary free art event in July and filmmaker Gavin Boyter explaining why he decided to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End and then write the book Downhill From Here. Jonny reports on ‘The Queen of Carnival’ Claudia Jones activist, journalist instigator of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959, Jess Lawson investigates the pitfalls of ‘Right to Rent’ and Hip Hop/spoken word artist Shay D brings a taste of her unique sound live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and Katie Haylor are joined in the studio by members of City Impro ahead of The Shoreditch Imrov Festival, further theatrics with members of the cast of Brixton Rock, The Big House Theatre’s latest production and Georgia Whitakar Hughes explains how The Migrants Connections Festival in will connect local residents with migrants. Jonny Virgo looks back at the horrors of the New Cross Fire in the 80’s and Pearl Wise goes to Legs to meet outspoken chef Magnus Reid.
This month Pearl Wise, Katie Haylor and Jonny Virgo are joined in the studio by Simon Cole from Hackney tours, author and scientist Ian Green to talk about new Hackney inspired sci-fi release, Katie talks to Catherine Howell curator of a next exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood about the magic of board games, Pearl discovers new gallery dedicated to fine art made in East London and furniture restorer/singer-songwriter Ady Johnson performs Americana inspired folk live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise, Katie Haylor and Jonny Virgo are joined in the studio by Luke from the Holdin’ Court hip hop collective, Danielle Celeste introduces oral histories of the East End’s Afro Caribbean community, Aradhna Tayal explains why the RadioTech Conference is a must, Katie reports from the feminist network Reclaim The Night, the Last Dance is saved for immersive production company Reuben Feels, all with a sprinkling of music performed live in the studio by emerging young jazz talent from Jazz New Blood.
This month Pearl Wise, Katie Haylor and Jonny Virgo are joined in the studio by Sam Berkson aka Angry Sam a poet, writer, educator and the man behind the slam poetry event Hammer and Tongue, artist Rosalind Fowler tells us about her current installation at the Barbican and her residency at the William Morris Gallery, we find out about the CityLife prize for fiction and explore whether ‘marriage today is an unnecessary life sentence’ recorded live at the Bookclub’s Popaganda event and hear the introduction of Jonny Virgo‘s City of Conspiracy.