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Hackney WickED cancelled due to lack of funding

Hackney WickED cancelled due to lack of funding

After seven years, organisers of Hackney WickED have pulled the plug on the popular arts festival, citing a lack of funding. With ballooning costs and a growing audience, they have decided to put the funding they receive from Arts Council England, Crate Brewery, Here East and other sponsors into commissioning art…

Why is Nigerian nosh a no-show in Lewisham?

Why is Nigerian nosh a no-show in Lewisham?

Perusing the list of restaurants based in Lewisham, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the African community is almost non-existent – but you’d be wrong. Despite the small number of restaurants serving African cuisine, Lewisham is home to more Nigerian-born migrants than any other ELL boroughs. So why aren’t there…

Spice up your life: Asian food heats up Hackney

Spice up your life: Asian food heats up Hackney

Hackney is increasingly becoming a hub for Asian cuisine. Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants are popping up on every corner, as the number of Asian migrants moving to the area continues to rise. And yet, the differences between these cultures are not always mirrored in the restaurant kitchens. Of the…

Horniman Museum crowdfunds new exhibition

Horniman Museum crowdfunds new exhibition

A museum in South East London is looking to raise £9,500 to fund an exhibition of paintings of unseen taxidermied animals and artefacts. The Horniman Museum and Gardens is seeking donations to fund the Collected and Possessed exhibition by British artist Mark Fairnington. Fairnington has been exploring the museum’s hidden storage…

Music producer Kat Knix reveals her ambitions

Music producer Kat Knix invited EastLondonLines to her home overlooking Broadway Market in Hackney. She spoke to us about her ambitions, and the challenges she has faced in a male dominated industry. Listen to Kat Knix’s music here. By Frida Meinking and Charlotte Solheim

Sydenham Arts looking to set new world record

Sydenham Arts looking to set new world record

Sydenham residents will be looking to set a new world record for the longest continuous trail of children’s books this Sunday. Words on the Street, organised by local arts charity Sydenham Arts, will see volunteers lay over 5000 donated books along Sydenham high street, reaching more than half a mile from…

How can art improve a child’s quality of life?

How can art improve a child’s quality of life?

A charitable art project has brought together children from Tower Hamlets and some of the UK’s most respected artists to raise over £300,000 in sponsorship and donations. ‘Fifty children fifty artists’ is an initiative that set out to improve the lives of children living in London’s poorest borough, where one…

Danny Boyle’s shuffle festival nears funding goal

Danny Boyle’s shuffle festival nears funding goal

Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival is in the last days of crowd funding a new renovation in Mile End’s Cemetery Park Lodge. The Lodge, a stand-alone building in Cemetery Park, will be completely reinvented by the festival team if their fund raising is achieved. It will be redesigned, in keeping with…

Photo exhibition sets out to “combat homophobia”

Photo exhibition sets out to “combat homophobia”

A series of portraits aimed to “shine like a beacon of hope” for the future of young LGBTs has gone on display in Forest Hill today. The #Outcome project, by Lewisham-based photographer Tom Dingley, 28, showcases portraits of men and women from the LGBT community holding pictures of themselves as…

Geffrye Museum shines a spotlight on the homeless

Geffrye Museum shines a spotlight on the homeless

An exhibition on homelessness during the Victorian era will be on display from March till July at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. The unique exhibition, Homes of the Homeless, explores the dark reality of homelessness in the 19th and 20th centuries and “considers how people fought against the notorious workhouse…