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Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

Author’s new book earns Radio Four double selection

Author’s new book earns Radio Four double selection

Whitechapel-based author Steve Boggan can now boast a 100 per cent success rate in having his books selected for Radio Four’s Book of the Week: his second book, Gold Fever, fills the popular reading slot this week. Boggan, a freelance journalist for a number of national newspapers and a visiting…

Squat to success: community centre opens in New Cross

Squat to success: community centre opens in New Cross

A derelict squat and overgrown garden has been transformed into a rent-free, community resource for New Cross residents. The Field, a creative not-for-profit community centre, officially opened its doors last November but only recently became the space the founding members originally envisioned. Conceived by a tight knit group of New…

Hackney Museum in bid to host artist Yinka Shonibare

Hackney Museum in bid to host artist Yinka Shonibare

Hackney Museum is currently competing with five other venues to host local contemporary artist and Goldsmiths alumnus  Yinka Shonibare for the October “Museum at Night” event. Similar to The Museum of Croydon’s bid to host Gillian Wearing, a public vote ending at 8pm on Saturday May 16 will determine the winner…

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

One of the last surviving music halls, Hoxton Hall, has been given a new lease of life after a £2.5 million makeover. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, restoration works by Foster Wilson Architects to the Grade II-listed building took about a year to complete. When it re-opens soon, the…

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