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Elefest

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Elefest is special because it celebrates one of the most maligned and misunderstood areas of London, we created Elefest to celebrate the cultural and creative diversity of the area and the people who live in it. – Rob Wray, director Elefest A free festival which has been held annually since 2003, based in multiple [...]

Elephant and Castle

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Elephant and Castle, Snape Maltings 21 June 2007. A project commissioned by Aldeburgh Music which took place during Aldeburgh Festival in June 2007 was directed by Tim Hopkins and devised for the stage by Pippa Nissen. An opera set in Elephant and Castle, a series of seven sets and backdrops was devised as a roaming performance across the Suffolk [...]

A Feminist Space Is…

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Cover, A Feminist Space Is... A Feminist Space Is... exhibition was held at the The Feminist Library in 2014. A zine produced by Feminist Graphic Arts documents the show and artwork, bringing together work by international artists and collectives including Allison Kotsig, Emma Shula, Jessica Scott, Kamila Wasilkowska, Louise Evans, Luana Venuti, Melita Matovic Fligler, Otilia Martin, Patricia Prieto Blanco, Sara Kelly, SQUID, Susana Mata, Ursula Hart. [...]

After Astra

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The Feminist Library held an evening of poetry and readings based on material drawn from The Feminist Library’s archive and Feminist Library activist, artist and poet Astra Blaug (1927–2015). Astra's work and poetry was recited and on display alongside work by invited artists. The event was held at South London Gallery and formed a part of Rhyme and Reason music [...]

Elefest 2013

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Elefest has been an ongoing event since 2003, bringing together films, music and people over several days in and around Elephant and Castle. 2013 events included the only UK screening of the restored Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come with a DJ set by Don Letts, pop-up market by TheStockMKT, pop-up ping pong in the Shopping Centre, the UK [...]

Plaza Latina 2016

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Plaza Latina, 2016. Photo Credit: Zoe Tynan-Campbell. London’s best Latin festival, bringing exotic, authentic vibes to Elephant and Castle. – Carnaval del Pueblo For the seventh year running, Carnaval del Pueblo threw street celebration Plaza Latina, bringing Latin America to East Street this year. Nursery Row Park became a Latin Barrio for [...]

400 Speeches

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400 Speeches poster ‘400 Speeches’ was a day of readings, conversations and performances by local artists and activists at the Heygate Estate in June 2013. Spoken word, singing and movement The programme included the first public screening of the documentary ‘Up the Elephant’, 2002, by Julie Speechley, which critically investigates the early [...]

In Memory of the Future

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Image rights: Tom Wolesley. I have been walking through this estate for ten years, over the aerial walkways, to the tube from my house. It is the scenic route when I have time. I have enjoyed the multitude of contradictions it somehow brings to mind, between desires for utopia in its conception [...]

The Elephant Never Forgets

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Still from The Elephant Never Forgets A documentary on the memories of older residents of the Elephant and Castle. Produced as part of a community project funded by Elephant Links in collaboration with Groundwork Southwark and Community TV Trust, the documentary involved several clubs and groups working with older people in Southwark [...]

Ten Years of Siobhan Davies Studios

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2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of the opening of Siobhan Davies Studios. In the past decade the Studios have become a hub for artists to work, create new partnerships and extend the possibilities for dance within the contemporary arts. Founded and led since 1988 by choreographer Siobhan Davies, Siobhan Davies Dance has evolved [...]