It kicks off with a bang on 3rd September with an all day LIVE ART & MUSIC-ATHON (quick, get it in your diary or click here for the Facebook event.) and we’ve got the insider scoop from some of the artists! Yep, that’s right, investigative journalism, right here people…
Pegged as ‘LIVE ART met BREXIT at a MUSIC FESTIVAL(!), ‘reACT’ is a one day festival of reACTions (geddit, geddit?) to launch their exhibition of the same name which explores the impact of the referendum and current socio-political climate on artists and people in the UK. With live music through the day, art from Lucky Bert (the artist curators) and James Cauty (including work inspired by his project Riot in a Jam Jar) as well as spoken word from several renowned Slam Poets, it promises to be a most excellent way to spend a Saturday.
Scroll down to meet some of the artists, and find out what they have in store for us next weekend, what they thought about the Big B (that’s Brexit, guys) and our East Ham home (some of them are residents, you know)…
EB: We heard you guys are artists, tell us a bit about what you do and your part in the ReACT event on 3rd Sept…
Alberta: Lucky Bert is a new design company run by me, Alberta (the Bert) and my long-term partner in crime Cherry Truluck (Lucky) Combined we cover production design, art direction, illustration and architecture, award- winning pie-making and more! We’re also really good at making a mess. We’re excited to be co-curating ReACT with Red Door Studios, it feels like a very special one-off kind of gig….
Cherry: Yeah, we are co-curating the event with Red Door Studios and transforming the space to take people on an immersive adventure. They were planning to do a mini-festival anyway and invited us to do a takeover of the day.
We only established ourselves as Lucky Bert very recently so it’s also a sort of launch event for us, but most importantly we are doing it because we felt like we – as artists – really needed to do SOMETHING about all the political shenanigans that are going on at the moment.
EB: So how about Brexit? Tell us your thoughts…
Cherry: I am still devastated and furious. The referendum shouldn’t have happened in the first place and now it has, I am gutted to see the result continue to bring out the worst in people. I wish there was a quick fix, but I fear that so much damage has already been done. Mostly I feel sad for my son that he may miss out on so many opportunities that I have had in the EU.
Alberta: We hope this project brings people together and reminds everyone the arts are a great vehicle for positive change in times of division and uncertainty.
EB: Red Door and East Blam are both East-Hammers, are you Far East Londoners yourselves? Any tips?
Alberta: We hire the Red Door Studios workshop space for set building regularly and we are big fans! I was raised in the North East of England so I feel at home here. Hmm my tip is to eat one of Lizzie’s chocolate brownies at Red Door on a Saturday. They are YUM!
Cherry: I’m not a resident – in fact I am based even further east in Deal, Kent – much further than that and you fall into the sea. I’ve been loving my trips inland though, and have been stocking up on international foodie bits that I can’t get in the wilds of Kent (even your Tescos Asian food section is more diverse than anything we can get in Kent, which perhaps goes some way to explain the big swing towards ‘Leave’ down here!).
Introducing Bethany Norris – An East Londoner who works in East Ham and is a spoken work poet and GENEISIS poetry slam winner who has performed alongside famous poet and rapper, Kate Tempest . Check out Bethany in action here, find out more about poetry slams here if you are wondering what the heck they are, or scroll down to hear what she has to say!
EB: So Bethany, you are a spoken word poet, right? Lets talk poetry slams and what you will be doing at ReACT event on 3rd Sept…
Bethany Rose: Yes, I’m a spoken word poet and also a teacher. I perform all over the world, and have been lucky enough to headline at some of the most brilliant places. I also am the GENESIS slam winner and often perform in theatres and on the radio. I’m going to be performing in ReACT some recent work, talking about things that range from politics to sexuality and mental health.
EB: The ReACT event on 3rd Sept is Brexit themed, how are you feeling about what happened on 23rd June?
Bethany Rose: BREXIT is a complex issue, and to say I’m disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement. I teach young and vulnerable young people and I worry the impact it will have both financially and socially on their generation.
EB: And how about East ham… Are you a local?
Bethany Rose: I have performed at Red Door before for Prowl House publications, and I also work at a Pupil Referral Unit about two minutes away from the studio. I live and work in East London because I love how I feel part of a big family and community but gentrification is slowly creeping through the streets. I try to teach my young people about things that mean they are better armed to fight back the big corporations – I worry about the hipster generation and how the individual quest for success overrides what is best for a city.
Paul Brownridge is a multi talented local East Hammer… He is a sound designer, sound engineer, and owner of Glue Studios, a recording studio and practice room in East Ham.
EB: So Paul, we heard you are a soundy-sound guy, tell us more…
Paul: I am an audio engineer and I run Glue Studios which is a rehearsal/recording facility in East Ham and have 3 jobs at reAct! I am responsible for sound reinforcement as well as writing music for the festival (the whooshy soundscape pieces are mine) and performing with The Newham Country Club.
EB: And how about the issue that inspired the exhibition, the British choice to leave the EU?
Paul: Brexit, brexit, brexit! An interesting time for sure. In my own family for instance; I am South African, my father is English and my brother married a Polish girl. You can’t imagine the discussions. I think I am suffering from Brexi-tension!
EB: You’re a local to East Ham aren’t you? What are your thoughts on the area? Any Tips for newbies?
Paul: The frank answer is I am enjoying it a lot more now than I did a few years ago – I have lived here for 12 years. For the last few years, there has been a real drive to foster a sense of community and I am enjoying that. Events like reAct will hopefully draw more people out of their homes so that they can see that the area is developing a social nucleus to which all are invited. Tips for anyone in the area – go and try some of the traditional Indian curry restaurants near East Ham station; it’s amazing! (Editors note: you you can read about these in our FOOD & drink section).
What: An exhibition, and all day festival at Red Door Studios.
When: The exhibition opens on 3rd Sept – see below for the full schedule.
£££: Free entry, but you may want to buy some art, a coffee or a fantastic cake, so bring some change at least!
THE SCHEDULE: Sat 3rd Sept
12 – 4pm:
Come and explore Lucky Berts immersive exhibition, a culmination of their residency at Red Door Studios and an exploration of the impact Brexit has had on Artists.
4 – 7pm:
Live music from The Newham Country Club (East Hams newest country band), Suresh Nahar (Rock/RnB/Soul), Elements (Afro-Caribbean/Latin), Yuri Kono (Cinematic + avant garde multi instrumentalist/singer/songwriter)
7 – 8.15pm:
Poetry + spoken word from Lisa Luxx (internationally published poet and creator of cult magazine ‘Prowl’), Bethany Norris (Genesis SLAM winner who recently featured at the V&A alongside former poet laureate) and David Lee Morgan (London, UK and BBC Slam Champion just back from his solo show at Edinburgh Fringe)
8.15 – 11pm:
live music from: Moses Longpiece (Outsider pop), Tom Loffill (Alt rock troubadour) and local favourite LJA Brown (multifaceted folk)
Afterparty with tunes from Pete.
THE SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK
2 – 8pm:
Live Music (Nicole Broughton)
2 – 8pm:
7.30pm: See Thru Shorts film night (european special)
2 – 8pm:
2 – 4pm:
4pm – 9pm:
Closing party with gypsy jazz trio Le Bistrotet