Up Your Street. Issue 7

 

Thurs 12th Feb  £3 1pm Hackney Picturehouse for Silver Screen members screening “La Cage Aux Folles” (English sub-titles). Become a member on the spot. No fee.

                              free 6-8pm Manor Park Library.Writing workshop with Courttia Newland. Book at  arts@newhamndp.co.uk

Sun 15th Feb    free 11-3pm Valentine’s Mansion at Gant’s Hill. Mind Body and Soul pampering event. All ages welcome.

Tues 17th Feb   £1.50  7-9pm (donation) The  Mill reading group “Brave New World”.

Wed 18th Feb    £3.00 11 am Empire Seniors in Walthamstow at the Scene E17 screening “The Imitation  Game” all about Turing, with tea too. The Feb 11th film is “Paddington”.

Thurs 19th Feb free 7pm Uni East London, Stratford Uni Square. “Uncovered Writers” Courttia Newland hosts an evening showcasing new writers. Book at Eventbrite. Great venue.

                            

                             free  2-4pm The Mill. Stories and us with Sonali. Come retired ones and share stories and memories over a  free cuppa (6 week course leading to a play). Email to book at sonalidb@gmail.com

Sat 21st Feb      free  2-9pm Harmony Hall .Truro Rd E17 “Rooms of Our Own” inspirational event All welcome. Book at Eventbrite.

Sun 22nd Feb free 2.30pm  “Local walk starting  outside Costa coffee facing Asda at ‘Leyton Mills’ retail park (3 hours car parking), and 5 or 10 minutes later passing Leyton Central Line Station (buses 58, 69, 97, 158).  The route passes pubs and the sites of cinemas, recalling the time when entertainment was more outside the home than inside.  It will be a good way of showing you, or reminding you of, the area.  Firm level surfaces with only kerbs for baby buggies and wheelchairs to negotiate. Ending at Leytonstone Station by 4.30

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OLYMPICOPOLIS….Go on, I’m listening.

                                                     orbit and stadium Paras

Programme:

Session 6. Wednesday 17th September

6 – 9pm USS Stratford

Arts, Community and the Plans for Olympicopolis

An informal evening of discussion with Birkbeck Alumni Sarah Weir OBE, former Head of Arts & Cultural Strategy at the Olympic Delivery Authority and first Chief Executive of the Legacy List, and representatives from local organisations and East London In Flux participants. This final session will explore the potential of a Cultural and Education Hub in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and what this could mean for local community arts organisations and residents.

Hope to see you there!

Kind Regards Nick & Leslie

 

East London In Flux Series One
Hosted by Fundamental Architectural Inclusion & Birkbeck University London

East London In Flux

The thing with most community engagement activities is that the people who put on the show couldn’t care less if you’re there or not. Sometimes the engagement exercises target seniors: When they don’t then the senior wannabee participant is more than invisible. This I have known for ages and corporate engagers be wise that many oldies are on your case.

East London in Flux presented by Fundamental Architectural Inclusion d.o.b. 2003 is different to all of the above and valuable to the ethos of community engagement. It’s a programme delivered with passion. Its participants are encouraged to join in and given the confidence to do so. And the sandwiches are nutritious, full, tasty and textured.

Today the room in the University of Birkbeck in the new Stratford E15  (aka USS hosted by community outreach officer Patrice Buddington) was bursting and a-buzzin’. We came from Stratford, Hackney, Forest Gate, Leyton, Romford, Mauritius and other places north of Watford. Imagine!

As for architecure, I can’t get over the fact that the Uni building is built on one of the meanest pot-holed car-parks of back in the day. Those days when the stealthiest of creeping car-park attendants would sneak out of the shadows: Those times when the parking machine swallowed pound coins then failed to deliver the ticket. Those were the days when you left the theatre production or pre Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 pop-up workshops early so as not to fork out another load of coins.

The main attraction of this the first in a series of presentations and day-long workshops was the architect-guided walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Laid on were electric scooters, wheelchairs and taxis for the less mobile. The sun shone too. The morning session was all about how architects used any available terrain to construct the Olympic cities. Hitler’s Games came out top in the we- did- it poll not only because the construction/ideological team used media to the hilt when the concept of media as a corporate entity was not invented yet. Even the athletes’ village was great….bungalows. Ooh! give me one.

The heart-warming bit is how junior school kiddies are involved through Architectural in learning through model-making and discussion their role in the Legacy of the London 2012 Games.

Twas brillig.