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Forum Foods – a Hackney feast

4 Sep

Wednesday 28th August saw Forest Road Youth Hub transformed into a food fest!

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We called up Ife, Youth Forum member who planned the event.

Why food?

” one of the things i’ve always loved about Hackney is the diversity and cultures. One thing that really shows off different cultures is food! We felt everyone could benefit from it but we wanted to focus it at young people because they were on holiday and looking for things to do and that it was productive use of time. It also painted young people in a really positive light by getting them to providing food they’d cooked themselves”

So what was your vision?  ” through eating and sharing food people could understand and appreciate each other – understanding different cultures and appreciating their food is a great universal starting point! “

What next? ” dance and music festivals next!”

Who paid for all this? ” We won funding through YOF ( Youth Opportunity Fund ) –  it’s a great idea offering young people empowerment by winning funding and running their own projects. We’d love to connect more young people and encourage them to apply for funding to run their own projects”

So thanks to Ife from Shoreditch Youth Forum – Young Hackney

If you have a good project that you find interesting apply for YOF! There’s a deadline coming up!

ife.grillo@gmail.com

Reasons why you should go to the British Museum

19 Jul

Yesterday, we went to visit the British Museum and saw spectacular pieces of history. In particular we found the Ancient Egypt and Japanese areas to be the most intriguing and exciting (and not just because of the air conditioning!).

Here are a few reasons why you should to the British Museum over the summer:

  • You get to see a real live mummies

Need I say more? It’s crazy to think that the artifacts that you see are thousands of years old and contain a dead body inside.

The mummy of Cleopatra- Cleopatra was only seventeen years old when she died.

The mummy of Cleopatra- Cleopatra was only seventeen years old when she died.

Some of the tombs that the mummies are in have spells inscribed to “activate” the mummies.

Some of the tombs that the mummies are in have spells inscribed to “activate” the mummies.

 

  • You learn things that you wouldn’t normally learn in history at school

In the Japan area there was a reconstructed teahouse that was made to look like one from Japan. It was beautifully designed; it had a great structure and looked really authentic.

Tea ceremonies were conducted in teahouses like this one. There were schools dedicated to learning the art of the ea ceremony.

Tea ceremonies were conducted in teahouses like this one. There were schools dedicated to learning the art of the ea ceremony.

  • You can also find out more about things that are popular today

You don’t just learn about history, but also about current information on the different countries, that you probably wouldn’t know about. There was a section about the origins of manga, which is extremely popular in today’s society. It was fascinating to find out more about a subject that attracts many people.

Here is a volume of manga from 1928

Here is a volume of manga from 1928

Overall, if you are free this summer, have no money to do anything eccentric and want to learn more; the British Museum is the perfect place to visit.

By Louisa, Rubel & Steffi

 

Why we love: The Fault in Our Stars

12 Jul

The fault in our stars” is a novel about love between two teenagers named Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace- but with a twist, the twist being they both suffer from cancer. It is not a typical story; even though the cancer is a big part of the story-line, the novel still manages to be humorous and uplifting despite the serious themes. “The fault in our stars” explores what it means to be alive and challenges the typical idea of a teenage romance.

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So why is “The fault in our stars” a New York Times bestseller?

When searching through different reviews on the novel, we found that most people had a strong attachment to the characters of Hazel and Augustus. One person wrote:

 

‘I felt that when I was reading it I was friends with Hazel and Gus, and that I was with them, sorting out their problems, helping them’.

Another reader, similarly wrote:

‘this book was the total opposite of some sappy love story because of how realistic it is.’

 

Their strong and witty personalities make it easy for readers to relate and connect to them. Hazel and Augustus bring a realistic element to the novel, unlike most other teenage love stories. John Green is able to write in the voice of a teenage girl to create a story that isn’t just a

.bout ‘ordinary teenagers with teenage problems’ but about an extraordinary teenager who faces something much more than the ‘average teenage problems’.

If we could describe the novel in one word, it would be ‘powerful’; another reader shared our feelings:

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‘I loved it because of how powerful it was. How everything in Hazel Grace’s life, she questioned, even if it was something as simple as ‘Why should a person only have breakfast food for breakfast?’

 

The book is able to raise questions that normally wouldn’t even cross our minds. In this sense Hazel is able to present ideas that go beyond the surface and make the reader think outside of the box.  Hazel tells her mum the her t-shirt does not have a pipe on it:

‘It’s a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It’s very clever’

 

Even though The Fault in Our Stars is fiction, the struggles of Augustus and Hazel, are in fact a reality in some people’s lives. The novel has inspired many people around the world, here is an example of just one:

By Louisa Danquah & Steffi Maranan

If you’re interested in dance and music, read this blog….

8 Jul

Before I introduce myself I thought it would be a good idea for you to check out a couple of the upcoming acts for Dance Nation, a free dance and music event on this weekend in Hackney that I’m going to be showcasing in this weeks blog:

Da Bratz (Boy Blue Entertainment)

Iva Lamkum

Who am I? My name is Atakan and I have a decent history with dance. I have performed in a variety of venues including lillian baylis as well as southbank and the place with Dance United which is a charity aimed at young people to encourage them into exploiting their hidden talents and is widely known and respected for their aims and methods of achievement. I have watched loads of performances and have taken part in several workshops in the past and have seen what the audience like and dislike in dance performances as well as workshops.

Through this I can confidently suggest that you as the reader should visit Dance Nation which is being presented by Barbican and is a highly interactive place where people of all ages and abilities can come along to take part in dance with live and entertaining music from all over the world. The event will be held in Gillett Square  and once the great sun sets everyone taking part will take the fun indoors to the award winning jazz venue The Vortex. Outside there’ll be a screening of the eye popping, jaw dropping, oh my god I think I just witnessed something better than subway toppings, incredible documentary called Baraka.

And you thought that was great? there’s also performances from the dancing demons Hackney dance troupes, with their impossible to copy moves,are you mind blown yet, you are? well I really don’t know what to say as international music legends will be performing quality music there too. What if I get thirsty and need a good drink? don’t worry because that’s covered too, beautiful locally brewed ales will be served in the square, so all you really have to do is stop reading this and prepare yourself for 13th of July with free admittance starting at 1:00 pm, don’t miss out on the greatest Saturday of your life.

If you enjoyed this blog well you’ll be happy to know I’m going to make more of these blogs and I can guaran-damn-tee you’ll have a smile on your face each time you read it.

Ballgowns – a touch of class

18 Jun

Nothing to do on Friday and fancy some girly entertainment? Turn off TOWIE and head to the V&A’s newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

The exhibition covers British glamour, ballgowns and Eveningwear from classic old school designers including Norman Hartnell, seventies big gun Zandra Rhodes, and contemporaries like Alexander McQueen dressing Royalty and Red carpet royalty for sixty years.

The first thing you notice as you wander round is that we just don’t have enough OCCASIONS anymore. I don’t know about you but I don’t own any broaches, evening gloves or anything made of diaphanous chiffon and if I did I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it. When you look at the beautiful dresses you long, just for a second to swish your way into a ballroom. In fact as we walked round I think I started to stand up straighter and walk with a more elegant gait.

The notion of owning a hand made, ball gown showing great craftsmanship and made of heavy, quality materials is a really alien in these days of Primark. Whilst there’s a big dose of elitism attached to these beautiful objects ( a years wages for the average Joe AT LEAST ) there is also an air of true elegance that makes you long for the poise and grace that must of gone with being corset-ted to the eye balls.

The new mezzanine level is beautiful and the gallery space is a great place to wonder round. Outside the exhibition The Stylist were camping out, there’s an awesome shop and a pop up bar with cocktails not to mention the rooms and rooms of free exhibitions ( including jewellery if you’ve got the stamina )

In conclusion I’m going to practice my air of feminine mystic and sign up to some of the awesome sounding summer program in the hope that if I can’t borrow one of the gowns, I could attempt to make one.

 

Where : V & A, Gloucester Rd is the nearest tube ( West London! )

When: Till Jan 2013

How much: £7 for students

Summer program : scroll down, you have to pay but it’s GOOD

Land of Kings

3 May

We all know Dalston is a happening place but now you can sample the best of the area over the bank holiday weekend thanks to Land Of Kings.

The topline : The Dalston double-header returns // Friday 4th – Saturday 5th May 2012 // 15 venues // 2 nights // 1 wristband

The highlights : When else can you access the Dalston Roof Garden, The Vortex & Alibi all with new and interesting bands / acts.

Oh and check out the trendy crowd of 20 somethings

Book your tickets HERE or turn up and try your luck on the door

 

The Only way is Birmingham… ‘Course.

13 Jul

Howdy!

Long time, no blog. Sorry about that, I’ve been busy (as always).

Between launching my alternative radio show, completing my first year at Cambridge and trying to kick-start my career in journalism, I’ve been busy with Lucy trying to nab a bit of funding for a really cool project.

We want to make a film that is so bad, it’s actually brilliant. Why? Well, to help show you what not to do when you take that huge step and make your first film.

Lucy, Adam (from Brickwall Films) and I took a lil’ trip to Birmingham. We were wowed by the modern take on vintage interior of an old converted church and the taste of halloumi Meze but were dismayed by the general greyness and industrial mood of the city (to be expected as I suppose as historically Brummy’s an indusrtial town). We came close to death by Adam’s driving (well kinda) and made it home, with mochas and flakes in hand. All of this for your delight, peeps!

So in any case, watch this space and get excited!

I’m off but remember: Keep it real, keep it raw and always keep it togther;

Siana, Over and out

*Salutes*

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