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Last week’s round up

We were away for most of last week and we’re just catching up. Here’s what we missed last week: Blackfriars station is closing for two months from 20 November (though trains will still run through it) as part of the Thameslink upgrade works. And there’s also asuggestion from LibDem Simon Hughes that the station should [...]

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Say something beautiful or be quiet

There’s a nice piece from the Standard about the Stockwell Estate’s graffiti garden: Look what’s blooming in the graffiti garden | Life & Style: That is because the gallery is a run-down ball court in the Stockwell Park Estate, which has developed into a beautiful location where the most skilled graffiti writers paint week after [...]

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NY Hearts Peckham

What is it with the New York Times and Peckham? One year ago the Grey Lady wrote all about how Peckham was becoming a haven for artists; and then, last week, they wrote almost the same article, this time about the Hannah Barry Gallery. In London, a Parking Lot Full of Art – In Transit [...]

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Elephant 21: a play in Elephant and Castle

This looks awesome: The Mayhem Company are putting on a play about the Elephant and Castle – inside Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre: Elephant 21 | The Mayhem Company | 07974 349 756: Elephant 21 – a play with one hundred lives – by Sarah May. All families have secrets…the Valentines are about to find [...]

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Brockwell Lido on Radio 4

Tomorrow night on Radio 4, a short radio play set in Brockwell Lido, courtest of oneeyegrey: Tonight, the rhythms of a north London estate with young musicians Kyle and Marius prompt Andrea to memories of her own childhood adventures, car-minding for sixpence near Highbury Stadium on matchday. She invites us to eavesdrop on an all-night [...]

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St Peter’s Vauxhall Summer Arts Festival: June 27th – July 11th

From the SE11 Lurker St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall (part of North Lambeth Parish) is holding an Arts event from June 27th – July 11th, featuring everything from the brass band of Archbishop Sumner School (Monday 5th) to a “Glyndebourne picnic” where you can relax, listen to opera, eat a picnic and enjoy the interior of [...]

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South London Theatre needs cash

The very excellent South London theatre in West Norwood needs cash to keep going: The South London Theatre (SLT), based in a Victorian fire station in Norwood High Street, needs to raise £1m to carry out the renovations necessary to guarantee its survival. While the actors who run the most prolific amateur theatre in the [...]

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Review: South London Gallery

The Guardian visited the redeveloped South London Gallery, and liked what it saw: At the South London Gallery they chose not to demolish the Victorian house, which was derelict when they started the job. Instead, they kept and selectively exposed pieces of its brick shell, and its rickety carpentry. Shiny new things are put alongside [...]

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South London community radio stations licensed

Ofcom has announced a new tranche of community radio licences (these typically cover an area of 5 kilometres), and there are a couple of South London stations in there: Ofcom has also this month awarded community radio licences to Betar Bangla (Stratford, east London), Generation Radio (Clapham Park, south west London), Greenwich Kasapah (Greenwich, south [...]

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Southwark to host UK’s first recycled theatre

Britain’s first theatre made entirely from recycled materials is making its way to Southwark. Rather brilliantly, it’s designed by some Berlin-based architects called Köbberling and Kaltwasser. Which sounds like a Tony Hancock sketch. Southwark council has waived the usual £250,000 hire charge for the site of the theatre – a playground off Union Street. Other [...]

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