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Trail of globe sculptures across Hackney shines light on racial justice

16th August 2022
This summer, residents and visitors to Hackney are invited to take a journey of discovery across the borough by following a trail of globe sculptures that explores our shared history, with the aim of making racial justice a reality.From August until 31 October The World Reimagined art education project brings a free trail of 6 globes to Hackney’s streets located at key locations, including Dalston Curve Garden, Ridley Road Market, St John’s Churchyard, and Hackney Bridge. The sculptures, designed by artists from Hackney and throughout the UK, and supported by Hackney Council, will bring together people, families and communities to talk about how we understand history, how our past shapes our future, and how we can create positive social change.Local Schools who took part in The World Reimagined learning programme  have  created a series of smaller globe sculptures that will be on display at Homerton Library.The trail, stretching from Hackney to Newham, is part of a broader UK-wide programme encouraging and supporting conversations around racial justice. The trail links up with trails in six other cities as The World Reimagined invites people across the UK to acknowledge their history and reflect on what it means to be Black and British.For further information visitTwitter | Instagram | Facebook #TheWorldReimaginedNotes to EditorsThe Hackney to Newham globe trail is available here.About The World ReimaginedThe World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, vibrant art education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us so that we can make racial justice a reality, together. Supported by Official Presenting Partner SKY, the project will see a trail of large Globe sculptures across seven cities including: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool City Region, London, and Swansea. From 13 August to 31 October 2022, the globes will be displayed across the seven cities, inspiring and galvanising communities to better understand what it means to be Black and British. Bringing to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans by remembering the past, whilst still moving forward - celebrating the spirit and culture that has endured so much suffering. Each sculpture is designed by an artist from the area or elsewhere in the UK, including Ras Akyem, Lucy Edkins, Kazvare, Andrea Cumming, Kim Thompson and Olivia Twist who will be creating a community globe specific to Hackney. The trails are being delivered in partnership with global public art producers, Wild in Art, who have a proven track record of creating world-class events which entertain, enrich, inform, and leave a legacy. Previous work includes the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascot trail, the award-winning Bee in the City in Manchester, and Rockets around Leicester.Local organisations have also been keen to make a commitment to racial justice, the arts and education with Co-Counsel, GE joining Greater London City Partner J.P. Morgan and UK-wide partner SKY (Official Presenting Partner).The trails are at the centre of learning, community and heritage programmes that invite everyone to take part.www.theworldreimagined.org/  

The one month countdown to carnival is on!

11th August 2022
Hackney Carnival returns to the streets this year on Sunday 11 September from 12.00 to 7.00pm with a parade of spectacular costumes, vibrant dance routines and live music. Twenty five carnival groups, including twenty local bands and eight guest groups, will join residents to celebrate Hackney’s culture and creativity. Alongside the procession, Hackney Carnival will feature popular sound systems, family friendly activities, street entertainment and food stalls selling a range of global cuisines.The route sees the parade make its way around Hackney Central from Mare Street to Graham Road and along Queensbridge Road, stopping outside Hackney Town Hall to entertain audience members with short performances. A panel of judges will vote for the best live music, performances, dance routines and costumes on display.This year’s carnival proudly celebrates Hackney’s diversity, inclusivity and environmental responsibility, and features participants of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds, including young children, elders, people with disabilities and an LGBTQ+ led group.With its colourful carnival costumes, steel pan bands and sound systems, the procession will see african drummers, fire breathers acrobats and lion masquerades, inspired by the carnival traditions of the Caribbean Islands as well as Brazilian drummers, Bolivian dancers, a Turkish and Kurdish band and an East Asian carnival troupe. For the first time ever, Hackney Carnival includes a dedicated family area, featuring a global music stage that will host performances from local young musicians from the Jewish, Turkish and Kurdish communities, a lion dance from the Vietnamese Chinese community, as well as traditional Somalian dancing and music from The Republic of Congo and Ghana. There will be soca dance classes, majorettes, a reggae choir, African drumming, arts and crafts workshops, the Playbus and a well being area. Along Churchwell Path guests can also enjoy the young people's performance platform featuring talent from youth arts projects.Carnival-goers can look out for people or battery-powered alternatives to traditional floats, while audience members will also be encouraged to ditch single-use plastic bottles and bring their own water bottles and drinks cups. In the lead up to carnival, residents are invited to take part in family friendly arts and crafts workshops run by Hackney’s libraries to create carnival head dresses and decorations for a traditional carnival  Earth Dragon, in partnership with East Bank.To help get people into the carnival spirit, residents can tune in to Pax Nindi’s Virtual Soundsystem Day on Saturday 10 September from 12 midday to 12 midnight on MixCloud via the Love Hackney carnival page. Then on Sunday 11th September the carnival will be live streamed as it happens across Hackney carnival’s social media channels. More information will be made available on the Hackney Carnival Facebook and Instagram pages as well as the Love Hackney website. Notes to editorsThe Hackney Carnival guide and map for the parade route, performances, sound systems, and family activity hotspots on Mare Street is available here.To date the carnival parade will feature: Blema Dancers Carnival Arts and Masquerade FoundationCaporales San Simon Londres Caribbean SessionsCulture RiddimDimensions Dance Elimu Mas Academy Fagamuffin Bloc Party Fraternity Cultural Bolivia UKGahu Dramatic Arts Hasret Community ArtsIconic Hackney Council staff groupJamboulay Carnival Arts Promotion Jun Mo Generation Me Viejo San Simon Pantonic Steel Orchestra Pan Vibrations Paracarnival People of Paradise Arts Soca Massive Soca Sagaboys Taru Arts Tribo Afro Brazilian Drummers Tropical isles United Colours of Mas Urban Touch Carnival Unity No Nonsense Yaram Arts Sound Systems In the Town Hall Square, Town Hall car park, The Mews, Urswick School enjoy the Hackney sound system vibrations of DubSon Sounds, First Class Soundsystem, Jah Prophecies Sound and Solutions Soundsystem.
Heatwave: urgent health and fire risk warning
Hackney Council is reminding residents to stay safe, to protect others, and to keep the borough safe, following a heat warning, issued by the Met Office. Temperatures are expected to build and reach up to 35C in London this week. Barbecuing is not allowed in our parks or open spaces. Don’t do it, especially now conditions are so hot and dry. This can cause a serious fire, risking lives, properties and wildlife. There has already been one fire in a Hackney park during the last heatwave. London Fire Brigade is urging people to to be extra careful when visiting green spaces Do not: Drop cigarettesLeave glass bottles Discard used matchesIf you see smouldering, call: 999Barbecuing is not allowed on balconies. This could cause a fire to your home and block - putting yourself, your family and your neighbours at risk. Balconies need to be kept free from all combustible materials to reduce the risk of fire. How to stay safe and cool Very hot temperatures can pose a serious health risk, even for fit and healthy people. It’s vital to protect yourself and others, particularly young children or older people.Keep yourself and others safe in the heat by doing the following:Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcoholTry to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pmIf outside, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hatAvoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the dayMake sure you take water with you if you are travellingLook out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at riskClose curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler, and remember, it may be cooler outdoors than indoorsNever leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animalsMore Help for vulnerable during heatwave The Council is helping residents, and particularly our most vulnerable, to stay safe over the coming days following the heat warning from the Met Office. Here’s what the Council is doing to help keep residents safe:Providing advice, water and sunscreen to rough sleepersChecking on vulnerable residentsPlacing additional ‘fire watches’ is in place in parks and open spaces.Follow us on Twitter for more advice and information 
10th August 2022
Still time for residents to have their say on draft Resident Engagement Strategy
There is still time for residents to have their say on proposals to improve the way Hackney Council’s Housing Services talks to, listens to and involves them in developing its services.People living in Hackney Council homes have until Sunday 4 September to comment on the Council’s draft Resident Engagement Strategy - with anyone completing the consultation being in with the chance of winning £100 in vouchers.As well as being designed to ensure residents are at the heart of everything the service does, the strategy seeks to give them more opportunities to get involved and influence the quality of life in their local areas.The draft strategy has been developed based on the feedback to an initial consultation involving a wide range of residents and staff last year. The result of this made it very clear that how the service communicates with residents needed to change and improve. It also showed that more was needed to be done to involve residents in shaping its housing services, offer a broader range of ways for them to give feedback, and to provide better support to residents’ groups. Five key priorities have been developed to address these issues, each with action points showing how they will be implemented. The five priority areas are embedding a Resident First culture across the Housing Servicesupporting residents groups to thrivewidening the ways residents can engage with the service and promoting more  digital engagementensuring residents can influence decision making and drive improvements across the servicepromoting engagement activity that strengthens communities A major consultation is currently underway to ensure the draft strategy covers all of the issues raised by residents and staff. A number of estate-based events have also been held to give residents the opportunity to talk to Housing Services staff and find out more about the proposals.More information about the draft strategy, the estate-based events and to take part in the consultation see https://hackney.gov.uk/housing-get-involved
4th August 2022