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‘We Love Hackney’ campaigns for late night licenses

‘We Love Hackney’ campaigns for late night licenses

Over 600 people attended the ‘We Love Hackney’ campaign launch at Dinerama, in Shoreditch, on Wednesday. The campaign is working to stop Hackney Council from initiating licensing proposals that will force new bars, nightclubs and other late night venues, including Dinerama, to close at 11pm throughout the borough. Supporters believe…

Exclusive: Doctor Who writer on Film4 FrightFest Premiere

Exclusive: Doctor Who writer on Film4 FrightFest Premiere

James Moran is no stranger to a movie premiere. The Crystal Palace-based writer is a well-known name among fans of horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. He penned the comedy horror films Severance and Cockneys vs Zombies and the thriller Tower Block, while his television resume includes Doctor Who,…

Zombie bank managers thrill with charity film

Zombie bank managers thrill with charity film

Bank managers from the Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest have raised £3,000 in sponsorship by filming their rendition of Michael Jackson’s iconic hit Thriller. The proceeds will go to the Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School in Homerton, Hackney, that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds train in the performing…

Watch Ben Walsh and his amazing eight-drum wheel

Watch Ben Walsh and his amazing eight-drum wheel

Ben Walsh, the acclaimed Australian drummer famed for his energetic performances on an eight-drum wheel, will be performing in Croydon tomorrow. Walsh is launching The Streets, a live performance and arts project that has already seen success in Kingston, Waltham Forest, Richmond, Wandsworth and Redbridge. Redbridge Community Volunteer Service recorded…

Crowdfunding success will help create Croydon art hub

Crowdfunding success will help create Croydon art hub

Croydon’s first successful crowdfunding project will see an empty shop on Keely Road host a year-long programme of artist-run events, exhibitions and workshops. Turf Projects, the not-for-profit charity behind the initiative, exceeded their fundraising target and raised almost £23,000 to secure a permanent Croydon base after announcing their plans on…

Artist studios bring new era of creativity to Wapping

Artist studios bring new era of creativity to Wapping

A new artist studio complex- the Rum Factory – was opened in the former News International site in Wapping last week by Bow Arts Trust. The Rum Factory studios in The Pennington Street Warehouse are named after the buildings previous use as a rum store, although they were more recently…

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

It is already becoming the encyclopaedia of hipster hairstyles. From the high top to pig tails, artist Daniel Frost’s new book ‘Haircuts of Hackney’ illustrates the creativity of personal style in Hackney. “I like the theme of it being an encyclopaedia. It’s a nice way of looking at it,” Frost…

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running. The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart…

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

Critics praise Goldsmiths lecturers up for Turner Prize

The work of Turner Prize nominated artists Bonnie Camplin and Janice Kerbel, lecturers from Goldsmiths University, has been well received by critics. Kerbel has been shortlisted for her operatic piece DOUG. The work was commissioned by The Common Guild at Mitchell Library in Glasgow. DOUG is a combination of nine songs…

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