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Hackney Arts Centre becomes EartH and reveals first events

Evolutionary Arts Hackney, or EartH, will be the name of a new East London cultural venue. Curated with live music, performance art, talks, debates, comedy and film, the project by the team behind Shoreditch’s Village Underground aims to serve the local community by giving space, resources and new opportunities, particularly to young people in Hackney.

EartH aims to celebrate the diversity of London with an autumn programme that includes Etho-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago horn Jazz from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and a hybridevent of live sessions and DJ sets at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM 2nd birthday. Music events will also include Erol Alkan, Nubya Garcia, Makaya Mcravan, Grouper, Colin Stetson, Jane Weaver and Leon Vynehall.

Poetry, talks and debate events will shows with Kate Tempest and Art Matters with Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell and Lauren Laverne. See Neil Tennant In Conversation, Lianne La Havas’s first headline show in London in two years and Stephen Malkmus. Examples of the community events are The Big London Flea, DIY art Market and the Independent Ceramics Market.

Auro Foxcroft, Founder of EartH and Village Underground, said: “From the random chance discovery of this buried treasure in plain sight to uncovering secret rooms and repeatedly evicting thousands of wily pigeons, it’s been a bizarre ride. And in a way that’s going to continue, we’re starting to programme increasingly mixed art forms and genres, artists and perspectives. We want to fill the place with the kind of performances that make you think twice and hopefully leave with that feeling of inspiration, possibility and change.”

EartH has taken over a Dalston Art Deco cinema that closed after the screening of Scarface in 1984. The space is made up of three areas comprising two venues - a theatre and concert hall - and a restaurant and social space.

EartH has teamed up with Community Music to engage with hundreds of young people – particularly those who are socially excluded. First is a crowdfunding campaign to raise £50,000 to turn a 100sqm basement into a modern education hub - The Community Music Studios. The five-week campaign launches on Wednesday, August 29th. Join the mailing list at earthackney.co.uk/crowdfunding.

For event information go to earthackney.co.uk.

EartH listings

2nd - Hackney Record Fair
12th - Art Matters with Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell and Lauren Laverne (SOLD OUT)
16th - Mulatu Astatke
18th - Lianne La Havas (SOLD OUT)
20th - Kate Tempest presents Running Upon The Wires (SOLD OUT)
22nd - Soundcrash launch event feat MNDSGN, Lapalux, Kiefer & Kai Whiston
23rd - Independent Ceramics Market - London Design Festival
26th  - Nick Mulvey
27th  - Nick Mulvey
30th - Hackney Vintage Market + DIY Art Market

2nd - Rival Consoles & Throwing Snow
3rd - 5 x 15 talk event
9th - Penguin Cafe (Greenpeace Event)
13th - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
18th - James Acaster and guests
20th - Craig Charles October FunkFest 22nd - Neil Tennant: In Conversation (SOLD OUT)
23rd – Villagers (SOLD OUT)
25th  - George Fitzgerald (SOLD OUT)
26th  - George Fitzgerald
24th – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
29th  - Grouper
30th - Marlon Williams

6th - Jane Weaver ‘Loops in the Secret Society’
8th -  Leon Vynehall
7th - Colin Stetson
10th - Erol Alkan ‘All Night Long… To The Rhythm’
16th - The Heatwave presents Hot Wuk  London
18th - Hackney Vintage Market + The Big London Flea
20th - Fatoumata Diawara + Témé Tan
22nd - Sunflower Bean
24th - EFG London Jazz Festival - Presented by Serious, International Anthem and Total Refreshment Centre - Chicago x London: Makaya McCraven, Nubya Garcia and guests
27th - Matt Maltese
29th - Cosmo Sheldrake

7th - Iceage plus guests
10th – Patrick Watson

For tickets and details go to earthackney.co.uk.

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