Our Neighbourhood: plans for new Stratford Waterfront Culture Quarter unveiled

So much going on around East London these days – so was great to read about the new cultural quarter opening up in a few years in the Olympic Park. Called the Stratford Waterfront.

Bringing together education, arts & culture, design and digital/tech. Ambitious plans.

We cycle through the Olympic Park most days, and these plans do look impressive. There’s some brilliant partners involved (V&A, UCL, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion). Now, let’s hope they inspire further independent creative businesses to head East too..

“In a few short years we will see not only a new cultural and education district in east London with some of the world’s leading institutions sitting in the heart of the park, but new neighbourhoods and business districts and hugely successful sporting venues delivering on the legacy promises made for the 2012 Games. This is the perfect illustration of how London is open, and will remain so.” ~ Rosanna Lawes, regeneration head at the London Legacy Development Corporation

image c/o Future.Londonimage c/o Future.London

The full story in the Evening Standard here and for more details on the plans check out Future.London

 

On Culture: The creative whirlwind Ragnar Kjartansson

We were lucky enough to see the new Ragnar Kjartansson show at The Barbican this week.

It’s a wonderful retrospective on one of contemporary art’s most relentlessly creative characters.

Opening with a polyphonic troubadour installation, set-up as a dishevelled houseparty you are quickly transported into the mind of Ragnar Kjartansson.

There are recurring themes, primarily of repetition itself. The show touches on aspects of performance, of love, of intimacy and examines time and creativity. It’s an expansive and quite brilliant show – highly recommended.

Find out more on The Barbican website.

Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox
Ragnar Kjartansson: image c/o @thisisjukebox

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Our Neighbourhood: Get fit and do good too…

Great news for our neighbourhood, because the brilliant GoodGym crew are coming to our corner of East London – launching a Redbridge team.

The genius idea sees people getting fit by doing good; volunteering their time on much-needed community tasks. These can often mean volunteering time and energy with elderly people, on outdoors tasks and helping to bring people together.

It was launched in Wanstead on Monday July 25th.  Organisers explained: On a gorgeous evening for doing good, 15 runners were joined by the Redbridge Mayor to get fit and a do a good deed. After a brilliant welcome speech from Mayor Gurdial Bhamra and a few insights from GoodGym founder, Ivo, the group were off like a bullet down Wanstead High Street – if good needed doing in the borough, this was the group to do it.

The task in hand was Wanstead Community Allotment, a fantastic project run by the good people at Vision Redbridge and is used by local children and adults with learning difficulties. However, like all allotments it takes plenty of TLC and has recently been over-run with weeds. The allotment is going to be a long term project for GG Redbridge and it will be amazing to see it transformed over the coming months… With the Mayor watching from the sidelines and giving his support the allotment was transformed within 35 minutes. Gone were the waist high weeds and pesky grasses. Banished was the bindweed and the tiresome thistles. Sweat was shed and weeds were uprooted. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Wanstead may never have seen weeding as fine as this.

With the good deed done, it was time to head out and get hot and sweaty. After a100-up and some Strides on Nutter Field, the group headed to do an urban stair race utilising the pedestrian bridge over the A12. With the runners split in to pairs it was a chance to see who was the fastest over the dual carriageway – much to the amusement of Monday night traffic – and who could hold a squat the longest. Brilliant fun but tough on the quads as well.

With a sweat worked up and 4km run we returned to our new home at Wanstead House for some easy stretching and to bask in the glow of a job well done…”

The CultureJukebox team would definitely recommend getting involved! You can find out more on the GoodGym Redbridge Twitter feed too. Great fun.

GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org

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GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London - in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org
GoodGym comes to East London – in Wanstead on July 25th: c/o GoodGym.org

On Music: Biggest Beach Music Festival Comes To London

As if the warm weather isn’t summery enough, this week we heard about London’s biggest ever beach festival coming to the capital. And it sounds like a cracker.

On July 30th, Corona will be bringing the sunset moment to life at this year’s Corona SunSets Festival at the Greenwich Peninsula. Organisers promise a party to remember – transforming the venue with sand, stages and bars.

The music is enough to get you excited. Some of the talent lined-up to headline the two main stages include Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn, Sam Feldt, Norman Jay MBE, Nightmares on Wax and Crazy P Soundsystem, and many more - promising a progressive selection of music from chilled acoustic beach tunes to upbeat, melodic and deep house.

We went to one of the Corona SunSets parties in Ibiza a couple of years ago, and it was one of the highlights of our fortnight on the White Isle. Good times.

 

image from previous Corona Sunsets event
image from previous Corona Sunsets event

At the party in London, people will also be able to experience a true transformation through an array of activities; including eclectic musical performances, sunset rituals and shows, beach games and golden sunset tattoo and body painting to initiate guests into the SunSets Tribe. There will also be a selection of delicious food options and specialty dishes to choose from, positioned alongside market stalls where local merchants will be selling handmade items.

For more information on the Corona SunSets events around the UK and to buy tickets to the London event visit here.

Our Neighbourhood: the Forest Gate Arts Trail 2016

Forest Gate has got to be one of East London’s most creative neighbourhoods – so it was great to receive an email about this year’s Arts Trail.

The event is a brilliant showcase of local talent, for both established and emerging artists across various creative disciplines. The Forest Gate Arts Trail (FGAT) aims to raise the profile of the Arts around E7, inspiring creativity and engagement across the community.

As part of this year’s FGAT expect to see exhibitions, performances, open houses and workshops.  A selection of the best artists are below, and there’s still chance to get in touch and get involved – see the latest on the Forest Gate Arts Trail website here.

(c) Kelly Drake
(c) Kelly Drake
(c) Elhaam Sahebdin
(c) Elhaam Sahebdin
(c) Aaron Jacob Jones
(c) Aaron Jacob Jones
(c) Leigh Harris
(c) Leigh Harris

And a map of this year’s trail is below. We LOVE Forest Gate – really looking forward to this!     

 

On Storytelling: London Stories project is looking for participants

Have you had the experience of coming to live in London from another part of the UK or Europe, or another part of the world? Or do you have a story to tell about a friend or family member who came to live in London – whether recently or in the distant past – and how that has had an impact on your life?

The Battersea Arts Centre team is looking for people from all backgrounds and of all ages to participate in a new project on the theme of migration to London. It will culminate in a festival in November in which members of the public will tell their personal stories to small audiences, in different rooms across it’s beautiful South London building.

No experience of performance is necessary, this opportunity is open to everyone. Whether you’ve moved to London for work, to study, or seek refuge from war – if you have a story to tell, then they want to hear it.  More details and an application form are online here.

Our Neighbourhood: in praise of the Leytonstone Arts Trail

Was brilliant to attend the Leytonstone  Arts Trail this year – we spent a few days exploring wonderful exhibitions in some of the area’s most creative neighbourhood locations.

It featured the work of more than 150 artists, with exhibitions, open studios and community events around Leytonstone.

The team there are doing a fantastic job at building a new community of really creative and artistic people. Worth checking out the trail’s website to see what’s going on.

image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen

On Food: Oval Space Appoints A New Chef In Residence

Not content with being London’s best club (IMO) for sunsets, tunes and vibes - the Oval Space team have now appointed a new chef in residence.

Israeli chef Oded Oren is the man taking over Oval Space’s wicked al fresco space.  I spent a few years living in Bethnal Green, and the venue is a tropical plant-filled  suntrap, with an Instagram-ready view looking out across Bethnal Green’s vast decommissioned gasworks. The team are upgrading and transforming the outdoor terrace for 2016 with a new roof, living walls and wooden seating.

Saturday night at Oval Space

Anyway, back to the food. Oded Oren has previously hosted a supper club at the National Gallery, held residencies at the brilliant F.Cooke pie and jellied eels shop on Broadway Market and The Common Cafe. Throughout his summer-long residency he is going to be showcasing his signature Mediterranean food with an Israeli twist.

Dishes will include sea bream tartar with roasted tomatoes and avocado; grilled cauliflower steak with labneh and preserved lemons; beef prime rib with salsa verde; monkfish tail with summer tomatoes salsa; and pavlova with summer berries. Oded’s food is based on natural flavours and light seasoning, using fresh herbs and olive oil to compliment the main ingredients.

Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space
Image c/o Oval Space

More information on Oval Space’s website here.