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.
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.
What do you do when you can’t find the right platform to showcase your work? Well, you create one. This was the idea behind Shorts on Tap, an eclectic short films night that stemmed in east London but has now reached as far as Japan. Hear from the organisers themselves, Filippo Polesel and Michele Fiascaris, on a skype interview with EastCast’s Ana Xavier.
Through April keep an eye on their website as they’ll be screening a series of films called ‘Women in Revolt’.
On this episode of EastCast, presenters Nia Charpentier, Ana Xavier and Pearl Wise bring you satirical cartoonists Modern Toss, improvised comedy, a bike kitchen, an urban medicinal meadow, and a song dedicated to Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday.
PHOTOMONTH EAST LONDON International Photography Festival 2014
Photomonth is back and bubbling over with brilliant images celebrating photography in galleries and venues across East London. Since 2001 the festival has established itself as a major international event – bringing innovation and inspiration through the Open Call for exhibitions and encouraging participation in the wide variety of events on offer.
Imagining the East End is a strong theme flowing through the festival this year with the opening show at the Cass Gallery inspired by the East End Archive. The Photomonth Photo-Open and Portfolio Review are at Rich Mix and a wide ranging programme of artists talks, seminars, workshops and courses provides opportunities for everyone to engage in photography.
This episode explores music in East London with a session and interview from musicians Lail Arad and Joel Bailey, we talk to Daniel Goldman about CASA – the Latin American Theatre Festival and their new all night event ‘Night of Ideas’ and Ana goes to the open mic night Laid Bare at the Hackney Attic.
Tickets go on sale for members at 10am on 10 September and for everyone else at 10am on 18 September. Tickets sell out quickly so don’t delay. For full festival line up go to the BFI London Film Festival website
Creative director Anna Maloney tells us about Hackney Wick’s annual arts festival, Hackney WickED attracting thousands of people to the area every year. The festival ill take place on the 1st-3rd August.