This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson are joined by Ed Cooke founder of Memrise tool to help you learn better and some men who are disrupting gender stereotypes via their Great Men initiative. Jessie Lawson continues her starting conversations series and asks East Londoners about The Menopause, we learn how Dalston Cola is quietly changing perceptions of fizzy pop and Celia Robbins reveals why you shouldn’t burn your diary as The Bishop Gate’s Institute’s Great Diary Project may be interested in your musings.
Studio Interview: David Brockway from The Great Men Project Jessie Lawson stumbled upon a website called Great Men, and wanted to find out more. The Great Men Project is an organisation that delivers workshops to young men in schools with the aim of disrupting gender stereotypes. She talks to David Brockway, who runs the project.
The Story of Dalston Cola Pearl Wise met Duncan O’Brien and Graham Walker at the Dalston Cola HQ to discover how this soft drinks company has grown from its humble beginnings at East London venue Passing Clouds (RIP) to competing with the fizzy pop heavyweights around the country.
Starting Conversations: The Menopause
This month, Jessie Lawson walked down Kingsland Road asking people what the menopause was. She ended up in Stoke Newington, where she spoke with Eileen Bellot about her project Reclaim the Menopause.
Reclaim the Menopause are starting a new round of workshops on Monday October 16th. They also run a fortnightly support group for people who can’t commit to a full 12 week programme. To find out more, visit reclaimthemenopause.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Great Diary Project Hear about a unique archive of peoples’ history that anyone can add to – telling the stories of Londoner’s lives for future generations. East Cast contributor Celia Robbins met Irving Finkel and Stef Dickers to find out about the Great Diary Project at The Bishopsgate Institute.
Inaugural Nasty Women UK event, a FREE art exhibition and weekend of talks, comedy, spoken word, live music and workshops at Stour Space in East London, in support of the charity End Violence Against Women. The exhibition includes 2D work, sculpture, sound installations, street art, performance, political baked goods and an immersive art installation where visitors will be able to create their own artwork in Virtual Reality.
Fri 22-Sun 24th September
Stour Space, 7 Roach Rd, HACKNEY WICK, E3 2PA
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
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.