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 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 and Katie Haylor are joined in the studio by The Flygerians, the Edun sisters on a Nigerian fusion food mission and the founders of a new co-working concept The Workers Cafe. Katie explores East London’s green spaces whatever the weather and singer-songwriter JJ Soul performs a live unplugged session ahead of the London Remixed Festival in February.
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.
On EastCast this month, Pearl Wise, Nia Charpentier and Katie Haylor speak to Maggie Pinhorn about Photomonth and their new exhibition of street photography, and to Peer Gallery about their new exhibition Out Of Nowhere, all live in the studio. Plus we hear about Girls Rock London and how they are creating opportunities for girls through music, and Nomadic Community Gardens, who use vacant spaces to grow food and put on activities and live music from Ruth Theodore.
This month Nia Charpentier and Pearl Wise are joined in the studio by film maker Winstan Whitter raising funds to finally finish Legacy in the Dust a documentary about the legendary 4 Aces Club in Dalston, Ken Flaherty owner of Dalston’s Doomed Gallery with Anthony Staples and Matthew Eberhard talking about their exhibition Echoes of Accra, Susie McKenna creative director of Hackney Empire, singer songwriter Rueben Hollebon plays live and Katie Naylor reports from a new venue in Hackney Wick; Grow Hackney.
On this month’s show we experience some live improvised comedy from City Impro, hear from Touretteshero, a project celebrating Tourettes without self pity or mockery, Felix Bechtolsheimer from Curse of Lono plays some live country and blues, Malcolm Kaye tells us his story about growing up in Stepney and we explore the mysterious world of Data.
This month on EastCast we speak to Sarah Jackson co-author of a book about East London’s role in the suffragettes movement, we meet photographer CK Goldiing with a 100 photograph mission with a £100 budget, talk sex with the directors of the resurrected cult musical Hello Again and singer songwriter Bernardo plays a live studio session.
This month on EastCast we talk to the founders of the Save The Date cafe in Dalston about food waste, singer-songwriter Chris Belson plays his latest track live in the studio, we hear how the Olympics is being blamed for destroying East London’s canal barge community, artist Stephen Shiell takes us on a tour of Cody Dock, we hear about Hear East an new initiative being built on the Olympic site; Here East and we meet a man who’ dad used to serve pints to the Krays.