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’
The Archaeology of Crossrail
If you’re curious about the subterranean history of London then you know there’s nothing like the building of a huge transport project to throw up unexpected objects buried beneath the metropolis. Jonny Virgo met with Jacky Keily the Curator of the Museum of London Dockland’s Crossrail Exhibition.
This month Pearl Wise, Jonny Virgo and new recruit Sasha Edye-Lindner are joined by East London University’s creative writing organisation CityLife Storiesand this year’s winner of their short story prize, The East End Film Festivaltake over en masse with curator Andrew Simpson, Gholam director Mitra Tabrizian and Sink director Mark Gillis, Jonny digs deep at the Archaeology of Crossrailexhibition at Museum of Docklands and Sasha meets a women’s football team putting Hackney on the map.
Studio interview with Douglas Karsen from One2Festival
Jonny Virgo talks to Douglas Karsen about an ambitious multi-layered 2 week festival at London Fields Taproom – One2Festival 15th-25th May at London Fields Taproom.
Studio Interview: Hackney Pirates
Jessie Lawson talks to Anthony and Carmen from Dalston based literacy charity Hackney Pirates about what they do and about a new podcast series the Young Pirates have produced, imagining the world in 2050.
Art Night is a free contemporary arts festival in extraordinary spaces.
Each year, a leading cultural institution and curator are invited to work in a different area of London, exploring its history, culture and architecture. Art Night 2017 is a collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery curated by Fatos Ustek, taking place on July 1 in East London.
Migrant Connections Festival
migrant led festival fostering community & solidarity via education & creativity for people of all backgrounds.
Sat 4th-Sun 5th March, Praxis Community Centre, Bethnal Green Free with booking
Shoreditch Improv Festival
Attention all comedy fans and lovers of good times! City Impro, is back with the second annual Shoreditch Improv Festival and this time they’ve brought 30 of their closest Comedy Group friends. Across three days, thirty of London’s best comedy improv and sketch groups will be amazing audiences (and themselves) with their spontaneous, quick witted and absurdly funny scenes, sketches, stories and songs. Plus, there’ll be craft beer and quality food available to purchase. Tickets
The Big House Theatre presents Brixton Rock
The Big House is back with a new Open House Project exploring the debut novel of care leaver Alex Wheatle MBE, winner of 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize. We will be sharing extracts from the novel at MANGLE E8 – an exciting new venue at the heart of London Fields Tickets
SOUL by Ray Williams On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday,Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.
Revealing what really happened during Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days and celebrating his extraordinary life,Soul is a searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom.
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.
Every two months, P/O/P/A/G/A/N/D/A controversially takes one issue that is floating through popular culture, people’s minds and current conversations without perhaps being fully considered, examined, punctured, ‘popped’.
March’s edition will take on notions of gender around the current fourth wave of feminism.
Did you enjoy City Impro’s Live in the Studio?Then make sure you enjoy their own comedy festival!
They will be gathering 30 of their closest Comedy Group friends in London in the Water Poet to promote Improvised Comedy in London and the UK by making as many people laugh as much as possible in as short a space of time as possible.
From the 19th-21st February 2016, 30 of London’s best improvisation comedy groups including Project2, Musicbox, C3?, MonkeyToast and GiggleLoop will be entertaining audiences on a total of twelve one-hour shows spread across the weekend at £5 per show.
Want to find out more about the event? Follow this link for the complete line-up and to purchase tickets.
In the spirit of the new year, we looked back into the Eastcast archive and dug up this interview with the GoodGym Hackney, where you can do good for the community and keep fit, and all for free, as Ade one of their coordinators explained to us last year.
If you’re keen, Goodgym’s first race of 2016 is the Worthing Half Marathon on 14th February . Find out more about their weekly meet ups at goodgym.org