Tuesday 14th May 3.30pm – 5pm
What’s Cooking? is a social enterprise that gets young people working in the real world.
This is the second year that What’s Cooking? has worked with The Russet to provide young people with the opportunity to cook/bake/share food/talk in its amazing, dynamic and creative work space. After three afternoons of workshops at the café, 7 students from the nearby City Academy would like to invite you all to join them to share in their success, as they serve their delicious creations on Tuesday 14th May between 3.30 and 5 p.m.
In their own words:
“You are invited to join Year 10 students from The City Academy, Hackney for a delightful day of delicious food and drink. Enjoy our homemade sweet and savoury treats on sale and meet and mingle with new people”
During the workshops young people learn how to cook delicious, healthy food and how to run a cafe, from taking orders to making a darn good cappuccino. They work one-to-one and so are able to have the space and support to have conversations about what is important to them and the challenges they face. As well as learning practical skills and receiving holistic support, the young people have the opportunity to work in an innovative, entrepreneurial local business in their community.
Hosted by Hackney Downs Studios & The Russet.
yeah! Hackney interviews founder Bea Stevenson.
Come on down and say hello at either of the events on Tuesday 14th May 2013 or Tuesday 25th June at The Russet.
’25 + 4: An Urban Fairy Tale’
Lady Ray spent most of her time as a student partying hard until she unexpectedly fell pregnant and just 10 weeks after finding out, she gave birth.
Private View: 6 – 9pm 25thApril
Exhibition dates: 26th – 29th April
Opening times: Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pm & by appointment
This exhibition hopes to unveil the enigma surrounding this clandestine woman as she guides us on a journey through a surreal, shocking and life-changing event.
Four months early, born at 25 weeks and weighing only 770g, her baby was small enough to fit in her hand. Suddenly she was a mother but there was no connection to the miniature alien body, covered in wires that lay for months in a box before her. It was as if her life came to a standstill as she spent 5 months inside an intensive care unit as a visitor to her newborn son.
The installation depicts her time then, within herself and within the dark corners of the ward, illustrating how such an intense experience and environment can induce an altered state of mind.
Using sculpture, sound, light, photography and film, Lady Ray will transport you into another mindscape.
In association with The Department of Brilliant.
5-9 Amhurst Terrace
Hackney Downs Studios
Do you like making introductions?
Know someone who’s good at balancing the books?
We are looking for a Finance Manager who’d fit right in at Hackney Downs Studios & Netil House.
If you introduce a candidate who steps into the role we’ll give you £500. If they reach the final round you’ll gain £100 & free Netil 360 membership.
Opportunity to be Finance Manager at one of the most dynamic young creative companies in London.
Do you have the potential to become our Finance Director as the company grows?
As long as your responsibilities are being met there is unlimited scope for your enterprise, ambition and drive.
Our team is fun, energetic and excellent.
Our clients are some of the most inspiring and exciting creative businesses in London.
Please click here to download the full job description and application pack.
Please email your completed application pack to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Finance Manager’.
Netil 360 Membership
Be part of East London’s creative community.
- Members prices to our in-house events at Netil House, Hackney Downs Studios, The Russet, Netil Market and Netil 360.
- Invitation to a minimum of 3 exclusive member only events – boozy lunches, talks, screenings, performances and dining experiences.
- Members prices for hire of shoot/location space, event space and studio space.
- Tailored news with the first word about the latest happenings and events.
- Opportunity to submit for a feature in our monthly newsletter sent out to our network.
- Your own individual membership card.
Becoming a member is an opportunity to join our creative community.
The Village Green Launches at Hackney Downs Studios
We are proud to announce details of our latest project: a brand new independent shopping and cultural development called The Village Green: aiming to become a key destination for culture, craft and one-off goods in Hackney. Dedicated to regenerating the area, this project is another step towards enriching our growing community and will be open to the public from April.
To celebrate the opening of five new independent shops at Hackney Downs Studios, a launch party will be held on Thursday 18th April, at The Village Green from 6-9pm, with an afterparty in café and creative venue, The Russet.
Join us for a drinks reception with treats, tunes and live performance whilst we introduce the latest addition to our creative hub. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.The Village Green will comprise of five exciting new local businesses:
THE HACKNEY PEDDLER: More bikes for more people
PORTAMENTO: Delicious food, accessories, pieces from new designers and art
MULTEMYR: A transparent women’s wear label
ATOMICA GALLERY & SHOP: The best in under-exposed new contemporary art
SMOKING GUN VINTAGE: Handpicked relics for the rebellious at heart
BULLDOG Gin from Netil House are sponsoring the event and Signature Brew, independent craft beer collaborators, also based at Hackney Downs Studios, will be providing a keg of their finest beer to party goers!
The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale Fri 12th & Sat 13th April
The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale
12th & 13th April 2013
Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, the cheapest way to do it retro calls at Hackney Downs Studios for a whole weekend of ‘pay by weight’ shopping, offering you the chance to pick-out a kilo of quality mixed vintage for only £15.
A partnership between Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler and Britain’s biggest vintage fair, the formula for the event is a simple one; peruse 10 TONNES of vintage from the 1970s – 1990s, take your wares to the scales and pay only £15 per kilo. Including dresses and denim, shorts and tees, jackets, jumpers and accessories, bag an average of 4-5 items for £15 [with extra stock added all the day!]
For those of you who don’t fancy a good old fashioned rummage we have a separate premium section where clothes will be hung and priced per piece.
Thrown into the mix, Victoria Vintage will be on hand, selling vintage wholesale jewellery starting at 50p!
Friday 12th April
Private Trade Hours 2pm – 4pm
Public Entry 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 13th April
Private Trade Hours 10am – 11am
Public Entry 11am – 4pm
Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland/ Hackney Central
Nearest Bus: 276
7pm – 2am
Hackney Downs Studios
Come and witness work from a bunch of ridiculously talented poets, musicians and visual artists. Dance until dawn and get crafty…It’s the dawn of the new generation and The Patchwork Paper are here to bring you the future in creativity.
7pm Rhyme and Dine
Guest poets from the infamous Roundhouse Collective will join forces with our residents poets and members of the TAA to serve up a feast of spoken word, while the Russet cook up a culinary storm. Come and nourish your souls.
9pm Live Music & Performances
will shake us from our poetic/food trances with their musical talent + more acts TBC
10pm – 2am Dance into the Dawn
From then on booty shaking beats and disco dancing into the night from
James “KNEE DEEP”
+ more TBC.
Come join us in what will be a feast for the senses.
FREE before 10pm, £3 After!
The theme is Dawn of the New Generation, get your creative juices flowing and tweet us your responses @PatchworkPaper
Facebook event | Free before 10pm / £3 after
Opening night: April the 3rd, 8.30pm
Every first Wednesday of the month
The Russet Café, Amhurst Terrace, Hackney Downs, E8 2BT
Entry £5 or £12 with dinner
Let’s go on a fleeting journey.
A bin bag fell in love with a cardboard box, an old fan is a parachute and an ocean is made out of plastic bags.
…A little bit closer.
Let’s go to a cabaret.
Warm and subtle, ironic and genuine, droll and moving, The Cardboard Cabaret creates an amusing and surreal atmosphere starting from the simplicity of recycled materials.
Come closer, still.
Let’s jump into an imaginary world with performers from near and far. Let’s sip some wine.
Let’s laugh and play games.
Are you ready?
Performers: Hernandez, Lucy Ridley from People Pile, Carlo Jacucci, Madame Mim
Hosts: Margherita Franceschi, Richard Verril
Artistic director: Margherita Franceschi
Jam Sandwich returns to The Russet with another eclectic line up of emerging artists.
A night of musical flavours, live art, a dash of spoken word – in other words, a tasty JAM SANDWICH.
MY NAME IS BARRY
A young Irish guy with a guitar and a pot of tea.
Irish singer/songwriter Barry McNamara plays an upbeat style of acoustic folk music that so far hasn’t resulted in him being booed off stage.
An Actor/Poet who is dedicated to his craft. Dexter has been creating waves on the underground Spoken Word circuit.
SWARM OF BEES
Alice from Golden Feathers in a new guise.
HERO AND LEANDER
“peppery melodies, harmonies and words of the melancholy order”
With live art from the magical NOVEMTO KOMO throughout.
Delicious Russet dinner from 7.
Music from 8.
March’s Pinterest Party
Learn how to Flower Arrange & Table Decorate
‘London-based monthly craft parties aimed at busy folk who are inspired by the customisation projects, DIY’s and recipes on Pinterest …. but never seem to have the time, space and/or confidence to get crafty.’ Made in Shoreditch
Plum, Sarah and other crafty creatures meet on the third Tuesday of every month at A-side B-side Gallery.
Tues 19th March Pinterest Party
A-side B-side Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios.
Pinned it! Made it! have collaborated with handmade event designers and floristry experts Hattie & Flora, who have appeared on Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch, to teach you how to create a gorgeous bouquet of spring blooms that you get to take home and keep … or give to a friend! You’ll decorate your own vase to take your flowers home in, as well as creating a unique paper-crafted table decoration. Just in time for your Easter table!
In keeping with March’s floral theme there is a definite floral flavour to the cocktails and post-work nibbles being served (included within the ticket price). Pinned it! Made it! are teaming up with BULLDOG Gin to create this month’s cocktail, a Raspberry Rose Rickey. And to keep post-work hunger at bay there’ll be a gorgeous elderflower & lemon drizzle cake to accompany your cocktail.
Tickets for March’s Pinterest Party are £20 and include;
* all the materials needed to create a floral bouquet in a vase
* all the materials needed to create a paper table decoration
* a BULLDOG gin cocktail
* and slice of homemade cake
Lobo Collective launches at The Russet Café, Hackney Downs Studios.
Friday 15th March with DJ sets from Circle Traps and Lobo Residents from 6pm-2am
Entrance is FREE and there will be a selection of seasonal cocktails, beer from London Fields Brewery and cider from around the UK. This will also be the launch of our new tapas tasting plates.
Circle Traps is formed of two members of the Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet – a sax-led outfit whose blissed-out harmonies and delicate sonorities have won them fans in unexpected places – aided by a friend whose ownership of a studio fuels the project.
As Circle Traps, Duncan Bellamy, Jack Wyllie and Will Ward create 2-step-ish, beat sunken electronica laden with rich organic textures. Their DJ set will encompass all types and varieties of music from minimalism to jungle, via soul, jazz and world music.
Food for Thought at The Russet Café
Wednesday 20th March, 7pm
Kickstarting conversations about food.
Food isn’t just part of our routine; it’s the essence of life.
Food For thought is a monthly event with speakers exploring food inspired topics. We want to create an open space to discuss the importance of food.
The next event will be on Food and Culture.
The Globalisation of Food Culture
How Culture Surrounding Food is Created
What is British Food Culture
Discussion, Entertainment and food
£4 Entry £10 with food
To add something unique we will also be having visual minutes by Sara Gelfgren.
Come and open your mind, fill your bellies and your ears with new thought provoking sensations.
Big Noise: Small Sessions
Sunday 3rd March
The Big Noise’s first mini festival at The Speakeasy, Hackney Downs Studios
Join us for music, art, films and good times all in aid of The Big Issue Foundation.
A cracking line up of short films, spoken word and acoustic acts.
The Big Noise Festival is the first ever arts and music festival which has been produced in aid of The Big Issue Foundation. It will take place at The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe, 8th June 2013.
Paint and mess for little ones, tea and coffee for mums and dads.
Friday mornings at A-side B-side Gallery.
Only Child London
I’ve always been really fascinated by the human psyche, social anthropology and secret societies. Kelly Jackson
Welcoming Only Child London to Hackney Downs Studios.
Only Child London is a design brand that promotes having an open mind, a positive attitude and a strong social presence. With a strong focus on jewellery as well as forthcoming expansion into other accessories and printed textiles, the brand offers a boldly designed range eclectically inspired by the mystery of ancient civilizations, the extraplanetary and the desire to have a good time.
The basis of the inspiration for the current collection, ‘Cosmic Curiosities’ lies in the mystery of ancient civilizations and their association with secret societies and the extraterrestrial. Titanium coated Quartz ‘asteroids’ collide with old-world inspired chain weavings, metallic spikes and 18k gold plated ancient curiosities to form a unique take on bold yet convenient jewellery.
Only Child will be running a pop up shop at Boxpark Shoreditch, Friday 1st until Thursday 7th March. Make sure you pop in to Unit 17.
Read an interview with Kelly here: www.urban-coco.com/designer-spotlight-only-child-london/
Print Studio 17
Available 7th March
Huge sunny windows
410 sq ft
Email email@example.com to arrange a viewing.
The Lights And Then The Noise
We loved the idea that the person talking vividly about their alien encounter could just as easily be talking about their first ever punk rock show, and it was this ‘alien’ feeling that we wanted to capture. Mathy & Fran
Stumbling upon this sci-fi music short leaves a long lasting impression. It explores a first-encounter with a live music event. An experience of transcendence
‘The Lights And Then The Noise’ was written and directed by Mathy & Fran, featuring No Age and starring Emily Taafe.
Nominated for the British Council Best UK Short award at the London Short Film Festival.
Read an interview with Mathy & Fran. You can find this extraordinary male/female filmmaking duet at Hackney Downs Studios.
Cine Real Film Club
CINÉ-REAL is a non-for-profit film club with the aim of bringing together film makers, actors, writers, directors, producers, photographers, cinefiles etc, to enjoy classic films as film and share a passion for the moving image. The films shown are all 16mm prints. They are also all examples of how technical or financial limitations actually led to the development of a new style, such as the use of jump cuts in French New Wave, due to lack of film stock, or building tension in Jaws by only revealing the shark in the last 3rd, because the mechanical shark, looked mechanical!..Creation from limitation.
28th February at The Russet
Doors open at 7pm for drinks, food and conversation. Film rolls at 8pm sharp
For more info please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hackney Peddler
Setting up shop in our new Village Green
Underwater Love. Valentine’s Banquet.
Love fish, like love?
The Russet is pleased to be co-hosting two lovely evenings on the 14th & 15th February with shellfish aficionados The Colchester Oyster Fishery and taste of the sea specialist Craig Keane from House of Umami.
Two banquets of seafood exploration, performance, music and art for only £25 per head.
Colchester Rock Oysters with Bloody Mary Shots
Steamed Cherrystone Clams in Cider and Chervil
Hand Dived Orkney Scallop Ceviche with Lime, Mint & Chilli
Crab Salad with Russet Apple, Walnut & Celeriac
Lemon Tart, Chocolate Ganache and Rose Petals
Limited tickets available: www.therusset.co.uk
We are delighted to host The Big Noise Fundraiser.
Coming to the Speakeasy, Sunday 3rd March.
It is the first ever arts and music festival which has been produced in aid of The Big Issue Foundation.
If any of you have been trying to get hold of us over the weekend we’ve had a few technical issues with our email due to an external error – so do please drop us a line again. This applies to applicants for various jobs as well as studio enquiries, lost pets, general woes.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
‘The gallery is transformed into a thinking space – a place that itself thinks through the separation, overlay and collision of surfaces. Charting the possible spaces between film, drawing and text, the exhibition includes new work, as well as pieces from the recent practice based PhD research project ‘Slip, Split, Snag: Diagramming the Time Image’.’
Mobile_________Partitions – A solo exhibition by Charlotte Knox-Williams
Private view: 5th Feb 6 – 9pm.
TimeOut First Thursdays 6-9pm.
12 – 6pm Thurs – Sun, or by appointment.
Jamie Lidell, You Naked
Big Thanks to Hackney Downs Studios for letting us takeover the Speakeasy while developing our projection app for Jamie Lidell’s new promo. Flat-e
Music promo directed by Flat-e in collaboration with Warp Records superstar Jamie Lidell.
See the full video: www.flat-e.com/work/jamie-lidell-promo
The video has no post fx. The realtime projected graphics are inspired by dazzle patterns, optical illusions and neon disco lights. They are controlled by an illuminated motion-control mic and stand, and are mapped to different bands of the frequency spectrum creating a sound reactive environment. You will be able to see this technology live in a different guise at selected Jamie Lidell shows this year.
Venue Hire at Hackney Downs Studios.
The Fire School
Red Sarah doesn’t just teach pro-burlesquers who are bored of just wobbling their bits, but regular women who want to do something new and sexy. Kate Hutchinson, Time Out
Find out about available courses and fire safety at http://www.thefireschool.co.uk
Work with us
Hackney Downs Studios
Covering letter and CV to email@example.com by 9am Monday 4th Feb. Job beginning w/c 11th Feb. Salary negotiable dependent on experience.
Front of House Assistant at Netil House and Hackney Downs Studios
The role requires someone who is enthusiastic, energetic and self motivated.
Experienced multi-trader/all rounder to join a team of builders, currently working on an exciting design and creative build project. Must be experienced in site work with a carpentry (first fix), roofing, plastering/wet trade background. Would be required to work on separate smaller projects leading a team of 2 or 3.
Director’s PA role available for an exceptional candidate.
Drop Wizzy a line with your CV for full details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline 9am Monday 4th February.
The Russet and Cut A Shine Present….
Friday 25th January
3 Course Dinner
Ceremony led by Mr James Morgan
Cut A Shine Barn Dance
Dinner: 7 – 9pm
Ceilidh: 9 – 11pm
£6 Advance / £8 on the door, for Ceilidh Only
£25 for 3 course dinner and ceilidh.
Real Scenes: Johannesburg
Clockwise Media, residents of Hackney Downs Studios, have just released this beautifully shot documentary in conjunction with Resident Advisor.
It tells the remarkable story of the South African city’s thriving house scene.
South Africans are the biggest consumers of house music in the world, and Johannesburg is the beating heart of their scene. If you’re looking for proof, there is no need to visit a nightclub. In turning on a television, listening to the radio or walking down the street, it’s clear that a 4/4 pulse is the metronome of everyday life. The city’s preferred sound—vocal-led, percussive, melodic—is largely at odds with what’s popular in other international markets; this coupled with cripplingly slow internet speeds goes some way to explaining SA’s absence from the global house music conversation. But although the scene’s stars hold ambitions that extend well beyond the country’s borders, the reality is that they’re thriving on home turf.
Johannesburg has written—and continues to write—its own narrative. It has tales of hardship. The fight to free itself from the brutality of apartheid, and the role music played in that struggle. In a city still rife with poverty, house music can offer a way out. For our latest Real Scenes film we journeyed to Johannesburg and its outer lying townships, meeting the DJs, producers, promoters and record labels who are central to its story.
THE CALL OF THE
Coming up at A-side B-side Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios, ‘The Call of the Wild’ show.
11 illustrators & designers respond to nature within the context of the London environment.
Exhibition times: Thurs 24th – Sun 27th Jan 2013 12-6pm
Short video showcasing the transformation of The Wall in our car park and the exhibition that followed down at The Russet.
Netil House Party
Marking the end of a year and according to the Mayan Calendar: The End of the World
Head over to ours as we push back the sofas, dim the table lamps and turn up the speakers for our very own Netil House Party.
Friday 21st December - party with us ‘til 4am
Our biggest in-house production of the year will see us turning our stunning warehouse space into a house. This event will bring together all of our collaborators at Netil House and Hackney Downs Studios under one roof.
Our house will include a Living Room, Bedroom, Dance Floor and Garden Area
With tunes ranging from Disco to Breaks, Bass & Beats, here’s a taster of our line-up:
Rattus Rattus from Urban Nerds – Pure party mash up
We Go Bang Bang - High energy dance floor dominators, Australian MC & DJ duo
4i2i – Local live hip hop spectacle
Thrust Club - House, disco and garage beats from a Scottish don
Christmas has come early to Hackney Downs Studios.
Running until Sunday 23rd December, the creators of the Rooftop Film Club bring a brand new festive film experience.
Snuggle up on a big comfy sofa or bean bag, your favourite Christmas film playing, with a selection of hot toddies and yummy Christmas snacks from our Winter Wonder Café.
Featuring a sack full of Christmas inspired classics including
Miracle on 34th Street
With a Tim Burton special Double Bill of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands on Saturday 22nd December
Evening Screening Tickets: £12.50
TIMES Doors: 7pm Screening: 8pm
Matinee Screening Tickets: £9 child/ £11.50 adult
For Film Program and tickets visit www.experiencecinema.com
A private view to launch THE WALL.
Thursday 6th December 2012
An outdoor gallery space exhibiting new works by 30 different artists.
Featuring live art, live music and a fully licensed bar alongside further works in The Russet café.
6 – 9pm : Exhibition
9.30 onwards : Gathering inside The Russet with live bands and DJs.
Please RSVP to email@example.com
THE WALL project will take the existing raw space of a car park and transform its wall into a vibrant outdoor gallery.
Think anti-industrial, a complete transformation.
It will be an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in one of the largest artistic communities in East London.
Rotary Walk Artisan Market at Hackney Downs Studios
8th & 9th December 2012
The Vintage Kilo Sale at Hackney Downs Studios
13 Oct 2012
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
OPEN: TRADE: 10 – 11, PUBLIC – 11 – 4
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, the cheapest way to do it retro calls at HACKNEY DOWNS STUDIOS LONDON for one day only, offering shoppers the chance to pick-out a KILO of quality mixed vintage for only £15.
A partnership between Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler and Britain’s biggest vintage fair, the formula for the event is a simple one; peruse 3 TONNES of vintage from the 1970s – 1990s, take your wares to the scales and pay only £15 PER KILO. Including dresses and denim, shorts and tees, jackets, jumpers and accessories, bag an average of 4-5 ITEMS FOR £15 [with extra stock added all the day!]
Thrown into the mix, VICTORIA VINTAGE will be on hand, selling vintage wholesale jewellery starting at 50p!
THE VINTAGE KILO SALE LONDON
HACKNEY DOWNS STUDIOS, AMHURST TERRACE, LONDON, E8 2BT
Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland/ Hackney Downs
Nearest Bus: 276
Friday 28th September 2012
Street Feast will be moving to Hackney Downs Studios
Thursday 6 September 2012
Brick Wall, Waterfall
Rob Carter, Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse & Iannis Xenakis, Maya Deren & Alexander
Hamid, Max Hattler, Post-Works and Jan Švankmajer
Curated by graduating students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art (Inspire)
at the Royal College of Art
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
Thursday 6 September 2012, 7.30 – 10pm
Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT, London
Le Corbusier, Poème électronique (1958), photographer: Philips.
Image courtesy of Le Corbusier Foundation. © FLC/DACS 2012
Brick Wall, Waterfall, an evening programme of screenings and discussion,
explores the construction and deconstruction of physical spaces through the
manipulation of sound and image.
The evening’s point of departure is Poème électronique (1958) by Le Corbusier, Edgard
Varèse & Iannis Xenakis, a unique performance that merged visual projections, musical
score and the structure of a pavilion. Presenting the rarely seen ﬁlm version, Brick Wall,
Waterfall explores the challenges of re-capturing this ephemeral and site-speciﬁc event.
Installations of historical and contemporary ﬁlm and video will continue this
investigation of sound and image in dialogue with the space of Hackney Downs
Studios. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) by Maya Deren and Alexander Hamid is a
journey through physical and dream-like space. Fantasia in G Minor (1965) by Czech
ﬁlmmaker Jan Švankmajer and Rob Carter’s Stone on Stone (2009) use combinations of
ﬁlmed footage, collage and animation to create a constantly shifting narrative of
Specially commissioned for Brick Wall, Waterfall, Nidden Partikel (2012) by Max Hattler
is a video work inspired by the seashore, which shows swathes of sand particles being
translated into visual and acoustic ‘noise’. Architectural collective Post-Works will
present their ﬁlm No Stop, Statue, Machine (2011) and participate in a discussion with
the curators that considers the relationship between sound, the moving image and
For further information, please contact:
Ruth Lie (tel: +44 (0) 7841115575) or Melanie Pocock (tel: +44 (0) 7849736387)
In December we held a festival “Once Upon A Wintertime” to launch Hackney Downs Studios. There are a few smaller events booked in this season. Keep an eye out and we’ll keep you posted. Also check out our cafe The Russet where there are occasional evening dinning experiences and magical acoustic performance and sharing.
Once Upon A Wintertime is an immersive pop-up festival including arts, street food, shopping and music – open to everyone including families. The event marks the launch of an ambitious project to turn a 70,000 sq. ft. former print works into a creative East London community hub, forming the sister space to Netil House.
Find a roller disco, a 5m high medieval street scene, an 80ft banqueting table piled with a whole wild boar, gourmet street food and a cutting edge exhibition. Hackney Downs Studios was acquired by the company in October and the whole festival has been imagined and delivered within a two month planning period. The hugely ambitious festival set has been designed and built in house from scratch by the architectural and production team
Perfect stocking fillers, collectables, cards and trinkets all await within a dystopian woodland setting. The night market is a sensual, interactive extravaganza with immersive live happenings. Wander through an unearthly streetscene, sampling gourmet street food from Lucky Chip burger, The Bowler, Homeslice, Luardos, Hardcore Prawn, Kimchi Cult and Molly Bakes.
An exhibition showcasing new artists and cutting edge techniques forms an integral part of the event. Wen Wu’s recent works explore the beauty of young men seen through the eyes of her recently discovered alter ego, a gay, middle aged ancient Greek man. Royal College of Art alumni Eleanor Taylor is exhibiting her illustrations that reference Medieval, Byzantine and cubist paintings, whilst, Lisa Stockham’s sculptures express modern day life and anxieties through pattern, decoration and textile imagery.
Housed in the heart of the festival; a medieval banquet of epic proportions. Enjoy a sumptuous feast of venison and wild boar, whilst imbibing vodka cocktails at a 80ft feasting table all supplied by local producers the Wild Game Company.
In the main space lies a roller disco set in a galactic 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Complete with themed and curated bars, vintage dressing-up box and make-up station aiding skaters into a land of giant inflatable art, projections and mirror balls. Speakeasy aficionados Milk & Honey are on hand with hot cocktails…and this is just a taster of what’s in store.
With its new project Hackney Downs Studios, Creative Network Partners – the pioneering team behind Netil House, Netil Market, Netil 360 and Netil 000 – is aiming to breathe life into a forgotten print-works, transforming it into a cutting edge space for creatives, artists, professionals and the community. The studios will incorporate a live music venue, temporary gourmet restaurants, a screening room, media hub, film and recording studios and a spa.
CNP’s Fran Levy says: “From the start, our aim has been to provide a welcoming and accessible platform for all members of our local community to showcase their talents. Netil House and Netil Market have become hotspots for up and coming creative talent. With Once Upon A Wintertime, we hope to push that further by unveiling what we’re capable of as a company whilst collaborating with the local community, promoting talent and getting as many people as possible involved along the way!”
Once Upon A Wintertime is working with partners including Art Against Knives, The Amazings and Pamphlet to engage the local populationandbring together the residential and artistic communities of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.