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Writing on the wall: The changing faces of street art

Writing on the wall: The changing faces of street art

In May last year, some of the best street artists from around the world gathered for the Baroque the Streets Festival in Dulwich, each of them with the task of drawing on Dulwich’s domestic walls their own version of a classic painting. The paintings that were reinterpreted by the muralists…

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

Portraits and paper dolls: An interview with Linda Toigo

She arrives smiley and enthusiastic on her bike, proudly holding the big keys of St John On Bethnal Green church. The show, called Non-Sterile, is Linda Toigo’s first exhibition, the result of over two years’ hard work. Toigo’s art varies from graphic design to paper engineering, covering illustration for books and…

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

An event for the most fashion savvy and unconventional brides and grooms is coming to Hackney next week. A Most Curious Wedding Fair, a bridal show featuring all sorts of vintage and quirky dresses and props, is heading to Hackney Down Studios this spring with exhibitors from the UK, Europe and…

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

A group of Hackney students have attracted Royal attention for producing a film that goes behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace, to boost interest in people from all walks of life to work for the Royal family. The 10-minute documentary includes interviews with majority of the departments that run the…

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Civic Trust nod for school and community centre

Three buildings in the EastLondonlines boroughs have been recognised for their “outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment”. The Civic Trust has commended the St Andrews Residential Development in Tower Hamlets, The New Generation Youth and Community Centre (TNG) in Lewisham, and the Thomas Fairchild Community…

National Centre for Circus Arts launches in Shoreditch

National Centre for Circus Arts launches in Shoreditch

The National Centre for Circus Arts, formerly known as Circus Space, was officially launched in Shoreditch on Tuesday, to coincide with its 25th birthday. The project aims to give the British circus industry the profile to rival leading international organisations such as Cirque du Soleil, a company that is worth…

Catford pre-fab estate turns into pop-up exhibition

Catford pre-fab estate turns into pop-up exhibition

One of the city’s last pre-fab estates in Catford has been turned into a pop-up exhibition this month, filled with photos, films and memorabilia documenting the history of post-war housing in the area. Excalibur Estate was built by Italian and German prisoners of war between 1945 and 1946, but only…

Lewisham Live Festival: From Bond music to Mozart

Lewisham Live Festival: From Bond music to Mozart

Lewisham Live Festival kicked off at Goldsmiths University last night, bringing together musicians from local schools and music centres across the borough. Lewisham Council has been hosting the festival since 2009. It began with one concert been performed five years ago, but this year there were over 14 concerts in three…

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is well known in East London for its vibrant cultural scene, and canal-side bar and restaurant Number 90 is the latest addition.  The industrial space has been developed by the proprietors over to house exhibitions, events and gigs in a ‘multi-art’ venue, alongside the restaurant.  This weekend, Number…

East invades west as Hackney Wick takes over the V&A

East invades west as Hackney Wick takes over the V&A

On Friday night the east invaded the west – but don’t worry – it was confined to London, as Hackney took over Kensington for one evening only. The Hackney Wick Takeover was part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late series, which invites London’s creative communities to take over…