Friday, November 9, 2012

Plans for a Dalston People’s festival and Borough of Sanctuary AGM (next Tuesday)

Two pieces of news: plans for a Dalston People’s festival and an update on the Borough of Sanctuary AGM (being held next Tuesday)

Dalston People’s Festival
Hackney Unites, a local coalition for social justice is starting to plan a week-long ‘Dalston People’s Festival’ in 2013 (dates to be confirmed).

The idea is to showcase what is good about Dalston over a full week of activities. We hope to be able to utilise existing community venues, spaces and networks and encourage every section of the community to put on an event. The vision is sufficiently broad to include arts, literature, film, cultural, local history workshops and community events.

With regeneration raging all around it would also be an opportunity to bring together the new and established communities in Dalston.

We would expect to produce a website which showcases the events during the week, and dedicate a full edition of our tabloid paper to promote the events.

At this stage, we are simply exploring whether or not there would be support for this initiative. We want to work with every section of the community, from local schools, faith groups, and tenants’ bodies, through to the creative arts.

We also hope to include a half day ‘community conference’ where we come together and reflect on what has been achieved in Dalston and how we can build a real sense of community that can actively engage with the issues we face.

Of course while the event will be based in the various squares, and public venues of Dalston it will be open to the wider Hackney community.

Sounds Good? But it won’t happen on its own. If you or your group are interested in playing a role, either by attending a planning meeting, or by organising an event that can feature in the program, then please let us know. You could also help us out enormously by sending us recommendations of who we need to speak to in Dalston to ensure that every section of the community is engaged.

We will of course also need help with fundraising, publicity etc, but for the moment, we just want to know: are you interested?

Let us know your views by visiting: and share your ideas.

Moving Towards becomig a Borough of Sanctuary (includes AGM)
Does it matter to you that Hackney is a place of welcome? If so then you will want ot attend the Hackney Borough of Sanctuary AGM. It is being held on Tuesday 13 November from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Offices of Hackney Council for Voluntary Service: 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY London

The event will include our AGM , a Review of the Year and a special appearance by London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold.

Please come along to find out more about the move to establish Hackney as a Borough of Sanctuary and how you can get involved.

Refreshments Provided (donations welcome) All Welcome.

If you intend to join us, please register in advance (so we know how many to expect:

For footage of last year’s event visit:

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John Page
Hackney Unites

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