Last CIG meeting was last Friday, 12th of September at 90 Main Yard, Hackney Wick. We have been attending the CIG meetings to engage with local residents and business and follow up the current issues and challenges in the neighbourhood since May. CIG meets Every 2nd Friday of the month at 9.30am at a rotating venue in Hackney Wick or Fish Island.
The Cultural Interest Group defines its role as to facilitate the conditions in Hackney Wick and Fish Island in which creative practitioners can develop their practice to become sustainable (http://hackneywick.org/about/). Each meeting follows up an agenda which includes current issues or developments in the neighbourhood. Post-Olympic developments, changes and/or evictions (in the case of E20 fishing club) are most of the time create heated discussions in the meetings. One of the most important developments that came up in the last meeting is the new local area plan produced by LLDC which are open for public consultation until October (http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/our-story/transforming-east-london/local-plan). The group questions if the consultation is a genuine attempt to take people’s ideas on board or just to tick the boxes!
Also, the future of Hackney Wicked Art Festival (http://www.hackneywicked.co.uk/) seems to be blurry at the moment. Although the festival was great success this year, the committee struggles with the costs and this is risking the sustainability of the festival.
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