Come and join the debate about the creative industries in east London

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Birkbeck Connects is a series of three free events to celebrate the opening of University Square, Birkbeck's new east London home at the heart of Stratford's Cultural Quarter.

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford

Come and join the debate: what does the creative economy in east London look like now and how does it engage with the arts, culture and creativity?

East London artists, writers, academics and creative entrepreneurs will gather to explore the impact of rapid change on their world at Birkbeck Connects in Stratford this September.

Come and join the debate: what does the creative economy in east London look like now and how does it engage with the arts, culture and creativity? How is the character of east London represented through the arts and media? Is the story changing? Which version is winning? Who and what is flourishing locally? What are local audiences enjoying and experiencing? Who are they? Is it a good environment in which to live, work and play?

Engage in lively discussions with the renowned historian Professor Jerry White, major figures from art-commissioning organisations, including Sarah Weir OBE (Chief Executive of the Legacy List and Birkbeck alumna) and Hadrian Garrard (Director of CREATE London), and locally acclaimed artists such as choreographer, performer, educator and former associate of the Royal Opera House, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, and local creative entrepreneurs, including Vivian Archer of the famous, community-focused Newham Bookshop.

The events kick-off with a short film compilation or performance before the debate and audiences can browse at Newham Bookshop’s stall. Quiz the panellists by submitting your questions in advance to info(at)newmedianetworks(dot)org.

The series of events will be moderated by Anita Sethi - a journalist, writer, broadcaster and presenter.

Programme of events

East London – A creative business
Following a short screening of the rich mix of east London on film through the ages, there will be a discussion addressing: What does the creative economy mean and how does it connects with arts, culture and creativity? Who and what is flourishing? Why east London?

Panellists:
-Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create London
-Gavin Poole, CEO iCITY
-Amica Dall, Designer and Architect
-Vivian Archer, Manager, Newham Bookshop
-Alvin Carpio, Chairing Fabian Commission on youth unemployment

When: Wednesday 11 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road E15 IBX
Booking: No charge, book online or book a place direct with the Picturehouse: Box Office: 0871 902 5740, stratfordeast(at)picturehouses(dot)co(dot)uk
More information about the event and biographies of the panellists.

East London – Real and imagined
How is the character of East London represented through the arts and media? Is the story changing? Which version is winning?

Panellists:
-Hugh Muir, columnist, The Guardian
-Professor Jerry White, historian, Birkbeck, University of London
-Stella Duffy, theatre director and writer
-Jimmy Akingbola, actor
-Freddie Opoku-Addaie, choreographer, performer, educator and former associate of the Royal Opera House
-Andi Osho, comedian, actor and writer

When: Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square E15 1BX
Booking: No charge; book online or book a place direct with Stratford Circus: Box Office: 0844 357 2625
More information about the event and biographies of the panellists.

East London – Is it for you?
What are audiences enjoying and experiencing within the creative economy of east London? Who are they? Is it an environment that is good to live, work and/or play in?

Panellists:
-Sarah Weir, Chief Executive of The Legacy List
-Ruth McKenzie, Former director of the Cultural Olympiad and curator of the London 2012 Festival
-Emma Underhill, Director and curator, UP Projects
-Kerry Michael, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East
-Jay Miller, Artistic Director, The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick

When: Monday 23 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre Square E15 1BN
Booking: No charge; book online or book a place direct with the Theatre Royal: Box Office 020 8534 0310
More information about the event and biographies of the panellists.

Birkbeck Connects will be filmed by the events’ producers, New Media Networks.

Notes to editors

  •     For more information about Birkbeck Connects, or to interview any of the speakers, contact Guy Collender (g.collender(at)bbk(dot)ac(dot)uk, 0207 380 3108).
  •     Birkbeck’s new campus in Stratford opens in autumn 2013. Located at the centre of Stratford, University Square is a unique partnership between Birkbeck and the University of East London (UEL).
  •     University Square is a £33 million development, delivering a state-of-the-art university facility at the heart of Stratford. The five-storey building, orientated round a large, light-filled atrium, will house flexible teaching and performance spaces. University Square will become home to the growing number of students choosing to take Birkbeck courses in east London.
  •     Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.
  •     Birkbeck is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012.
  •     Birkbeck encourages applications from students without traditional qualifications and we have a wide range of programmes to suit every entry level.
  •     For more information about Birkbeck please contact Guy Collender (g.collender(at)bbk(dot)ac(dot)uk, 0207 380 3108) or visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk .

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