Come and join the debate about the creative industries in east London
31 July 2013
Birkbeck Connects is a series of three free events to celebrate the opening of University Square, Birkbeck’s new east London home at the heart of Stratford’s Cultural Quarter.
East London artists, writers, academics and creative entrepreneurs will gather to explore the impact of rapid change on their world. Come and join the debate: what does the creative economy in east London look like now and how does it engage with the arts, culture and creativity? How is the character of east London represented through the arts and media? Is the story changing? Which version is winning? Who and what is flourishing locally? What are local audiences enjoying and experiencing? Who are they? Is it a good environment in which to live, work and play?
Engage in lively discussions with the renowned historian Professor Jerry White, major figures from art-commissioning organisations, including Sarah Weir OBE (Chief Executive of the Legacy List and Birkbeck alumna) and Hadrian Garrard (Director of CREATE London), and locally acclaimed artists such as performer and Royal Opera House associate choreographer, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, and local creative entrepreneurs, including Vivian Archer of the famous, community-focused Newham Bookshop.
The events kick-off with a short film compilation or performance before the debate and audiences can browse at Newham Bookshop’s stall. Quiz the panellists by submitting your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Programme of events
East London – A creative business
Following a short screening of the rich mix of east London on film through the ages, there will be a discussion addressing: What does the creative economy mean and how does it connects with arts, culture and creativity? Who and what is flourishing? Why east London?
Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create London
Gavin Poole, CEO iCITY
Amica Dall, Designer and Architect
Vivian Archer, Manager, Newham Bookshop
Alvin Carpio, Chairing Fabian Commission on youth unemployment
When: Wednesday 11 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road E15 IBX
Booking: Free of charge; book a place direct with the Picturehouse: Box Office: 0871 902 5740, email@example.com
East London – Real and imagined
How is the character of East London represented through the arts and media? Is the story changing? Which version is winning?
Professor Jerry White, historian, Birkbeck, University of London
Stella Duffy, theatre director and writer
Freddie Opoku-Addaie, performer and Royal Opera House associate choreographer
Andi Osho, comedian, actor and writer – via video from Los Angeles
When: Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square E15 1BX
Booking: Free of charge; book a place direct with Stratford Circus: Box Office: 0844 357 2625
East London – Is it for you?
What are audiences enjoying and experiencing within the creative economy of east London? Who are they? Is it an environment that is good to live, work and/or play in?
Sarah Weir, Chief Executive of The Legacy List
Ruth McKenzie, Former director of the Cultural Olympiad and curator of the London 2012 Festival
Emma Underhill, Director and curator, UP Projects
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East
Jay Miller, Artistic Director, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
When: Monday 23 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre Square E15 1BN
Booking: Free of charge; book a place direct with the Theatre Royal: Box Office 020 8534 0310
Birkbeck Connects will be filmed by the events’ producers, New Media Networks.
Last modified: 01 August 2013