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.
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.
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.
What’s more festive than a good ol’ boardgame? In the run up to Christmas, Katie Haylor caught up with the curator of Game Plan – the board games exhibition at the V&A museum of childhood in Bethnal Green.
Studio interview: Ingrid Swinson from Peer Gallery
Ingrid Swenson tells us about PEER a gallery on Hoxton Street and their latest exhibition Out of Nowhere.
Photo: FXP Photography
ECHOES OF ACCRA
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.
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Studio interview with Ligaya Salazar from ELCAF
Ligaya Salazar tells us about this year’s East London Comic Arts Festival (ELCAF)taking place at The Round House (East London) in June.