A TASTE OF HACKNEY at your fingertips.
Savour the spirit, smell and stories of one of Hackney’s most treasured markets with this groundbreaking smartphone app.
A Different Drum Productions will be launching the ‘A Taste of Hackney’ app and celebrating the end of its intergenerational digital heritage project, A Taste of Hackney, with an all day event on Ridley Road Market.
The event will take place on Saturday 16th June 2012 from 9.30am – 5pm with a variety of free arts activities and food tasting on offer for all the family.
There will be various stalls where people can watch live cooking demonstrations featuring recipes from around the globe, all made from produce bought from the market. Families will also be invited to make their own Eton Mess with food specialists Social Kitchen providing a summer twist on a classic English recipe. Cake decorating workshops will also be taking place.
Pupils from Colvestone Primary school will be leading a treasure hunt and poetry workshops. Pensioners from Agewell UK will also be on hand to take people on a personal, guided tours, sharing their memories of the market and local area and collecting tasty ingredients along the way.
There will also be a photography exhibition along the market where the audience can stop and listen to oral history interviews and interact with the app.
About the Project
For the last 8 months Year 6 pupils from Colvestone Primary School, Hackney and pensioners from Agewell Computer Club, AgeUK Hackney have taken part in an innovative intergenerational digital media project. A Taste of Hackney saw the group work with local arts organisation A Different Drum Productions CIC to investigate the history of Ridley Road Market through sound, film and photography.
The project tells the story of immigration in the area through the variety of produce available from market. Starting from the markets’ humbles beginnings in the mid-19th century, its evolution from 1900 to 1950 when its goods reflected the local Jewish community, to its present day person reflecting Turkish, African and West Indian influences, Ridley Road Market has always reflected the different communities that have made the borough home.
The app features panoply of audio tracks revealing the hidden stories, tales of lost practices, poetry and oral histories woven into captivating audio soundscapes that will immerse the listener into an intimate world through the eyes of the market. Hundreds of images capture the essence of the market, interactive games and videos of recipes all created by the group will propel the user back to the past in an audio-visual adventure.
All content on the app has been devised to take the listener beyond the familiar - to discover the untold stories of the borough’s past, as told by the people that live and work there. By placing people at the heart of the project A Taste of Hackney will achieve a truly ground-breaking synchronization between people and place.
The A Taste of Hackney app will be available on Android and iPhone and free to download. The accompanying website will launch in May 2012.
For further information, please contact
Sam Schneider, Project Manager, A Taste of Hackney
Tel: 020 7288 4554/ 07432736116
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