Closed House Weekend calls for support against London property developers.
The first Closed House Weekend is to take place as part of Stop the Blocks
a new campaign aimed at uniting support against the sale of London's East End.
Running Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August 2015 in Tower Hamlets, the weekend will offer a guided tour of ‘development’ hotspots and a forum to discuss ways to challenge ongoing urban re-development.
The first day’s guided tour will include the Bishopsgate Goodsyard, the Joiners Arms
queer pub on Hackney Road, no.w.here artspace on Bethnal Green Road and the former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital on Hackney Road. Events at each location will range from street parties and stalls to art installations and protests.
Sunday will feature a public assembly near the site of the London Chest Hospital in Victoria Park.
The weekend aims to highlight the impact of rapid gentrification in East London; the social cleansing of housing estates, the destruction of historic sites and closure of public services and social spaces and to promote the campaign groups fighting the replacement of public space with private profit.
Amanda Bentham, a member of the East London Teachers’ Association, said:
‘Closed House weekend will give the public a chance to see the full scale of changes being threatened in Tower Hamlets, to get involved in small scale actions and to give a sense of fighting back. Because we don’t just want people to turn up and look at how bad things are we want them to get excited about fighting to make them better.’
The weekend is the first action by Stop The Blocks, a collective of campaign groups in Tower Hamlets. Members include Tower Hamlets Renters, and campaign groups working to protect sites such as More Light, More Power
at Bishopsgate Goodsyard, the Holland Estate and the London Fruit & Wool exchange.
John Foster, Protect the London Chest Hospital campaigner, said: ‘Stop The Blocks is a way to link up single issue grassroots campaigners under a broader banner, so that we can share ideas for resistance, raise wider awareness and support for our groups, and develop ideas of how Tower Hamlets and London can grow without harming the communities we are part of.’
The guided tour will meet at 11am on Saturday 8 August outside Whitechapel underground station. More details can be found on Twitter @stoptheblocks or by searching ‘Closed House Weekend’
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For 10 years no.w.here has worked in Tower Hamlets as a community project, open artist platform and film laboratory built on the historical legacy of the London filmmakers co-operative.
Run by cultural workers who place value on education, resistance, collaboration and free expression, no.w.here's long standing work and projects are under extreme threat from the tide of property developers who only value one’s and zero’s. Vital in its community, no.w.here does not view displacement by billionaires or the destruction of communities as a natural evolution.
Our campaign will officially launch in September.
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For Stop the Blocks, we invite you to visit no.w.here's lab and community project space as we seek to exchange know how, experience, support and possibility.
Bring banners and cameras! Visuals against the housing crisis
Calling all filmmaker friends, no.w.here members past, present, and future, Radicants - lend us your eyes!
After the Closed House weekend of action as filmmakers, artists and campaign organisers, we would like to gather to reflect on and hold further discussions and collective screenings of rushes, working collectively towards edited films that could be used as communication tools within the struggle.
See also Propagate Collective
whose aim is to co-create visuals to assist the growing grassroots movements fighting privatisation,the increasing cost of living, and general destruction of housing in our cities.