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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…

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Former Goldsmiths alumni, and award-winning rock band, Blur have announced details of a major comeback, with their first album in 12 years set for release in April. The band have also made available new track ‘Go Out’. It is the first song released by the foursome since 2012. The band,…

Community celebrations to promote volunteering

Community celebrations to promote volunteering

Hackney residents are invited to a night of free festivities at the New Kingshold Community Centre on Ainsworth Road this Friday, February 20. There will be free food and drinks provided, and residents will be able to enjoy a performance by local group Nemesis Street Dance and a demonstration of…

Street rappers take on Lewisham ‘popo’ in rap duel

Street rappers take on Lewisham ‘popo’ in rap duel

A rap duel between two rappers and two police impersonators caused a sensation on YouTube last week, generating more than 78,000 views. The performance took place on Lewisham High Street on February 10 where two rappers rhymed about not being able to afford to buy anything when they were “arrested”…

Exhibition to celebrate Hackney’s 50th anniversary

Exhibition to celebrate Hackney’s 50th anniversary

  An exhibition marking the anniversary of the formation of the London Borough of Hackney is now showing at the Hackney Museum. The earlier metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington merged in 1965 to form the London Borough of Hackney. The borough is turning 50 this April. To celebrate…

Cyclehoop sets hearts a-flutter in London’s bike lanes

Cyclehoop sets hearts a-flutter in London’s bike lanes

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and this year London is ready to surprise its residents by a city-wide art installation, with 14 eye-catching red #HeartsOfLondon cycle stands across the city. Hackney-based artist Graham McLoughlin collaborated with Cyclehoop, an award-winning company specialising in bicycle parking solutions, in a bid to…