Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Cross past and future

Event next week at Goldsmiths. Some of the films feature people who spoke at the excellent Lewisham '77 event last year, including Les Back and Lez Henry. Blog links: Sonic Diaspora at Trinketization; Transpontine on the New Cross column; Science & Truth Talkaoke; Talkoake SE1;; Lezlee Lyrix MySpace; Reggae and the NF.

Deptford.TV Premieres: Black History Month

Documentary film screenings


Four short films made by Goldsmiths MA Screen Documentary students for Deptford.TV on Deptford’s black history. They look at the story of reggae sound systems in the area, the growth of the black community here, and the racist violence of the 1970s and 1980s, including the New Cross Fire.

Location: Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall Building
Cost: Free
Time: 5 November 2008, 16:30 - 17:15

Talkoake se14 6af: What will New Cross be?

Participatory democracy // TV gameshow // imagine the future of New Cross


Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the heart of the dynamic and diverse neighbourhood of New Cross. The area is home to emerging creative businesses, deprived council estates and large numbers of students. How do these different communities interact?

A small row of terraced houses along New Cross Road, owned by Goldsmiths, hosts several much-loved local businesses – among them the wonderful Cafe Crema, the world-renowned Prangsta and Danse Macabre design and clothing outlets. New Cross is changing, with the development of parts of the Goldsmiths campus, new luxury residential developments, and the opening of several creative industry businesses. What is the future of New Cross?

As property portfolios are rationalised, it seems possible that the entire street will be swallowed up in a new development. What will happen to Crema and the creative culture it has helped to foster in the area?

On the 5th of November, you are invited to Deptford Town Hall to air your views and envision possible futures at a public Talkaoke, an interactive audience-led talk show on the future of the area.

Talkaoke is is the spontaneous, global/local talk show where anyone can take a seat and air their views around the doughnut of chat. The format was created by The People Speak – a public art collective that develops 'tools for the world to take over itself'. The purpose of this event is to bring together as diverse a collection of interest groups as possible, and provide a safe and enjoyable format for them to challenge each other's perceptions and plans for the area in a constructive way.

The Centre for the study of Global Media and Democracy
The Centre for Urban and Community Research
Goldsmiths Media and Communications


The People Speak

Location: Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall Building
Cost: Free
Time: 5 November 2008, 17:15 - 20:30

Previous/related: Deptford cinematic; LKJ 1981; Dennis Bovell in dub; NX, NX; Save our pubs, Sarf London; Foxes of New Cross; Red Saunders.

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