Wick Speaks, The Tour!

Hackney Wick tells its own story

Wick Speaks! is a new project bringing together a range of Hackney Wick residents to create the Tour of the area through their eyes.

The People Speak is collaborating with long-time local guide Hackney Tours to celebrate the diversity of the Wick and imagine the future of this unique and ever-changing place.

On Sun 27 Sep we will bring Talkaoke – our live talk show – to the streets of Hackney Wick. Combining our socially distant live and online approach, we invite participants to join the conversation about the Wick, share their personal stories both past and present, and create the Wick Speaks! Tour of the area.

The Tour, led by Hackney Tours and some of the local residents, will be launched on Sat 17 Oct.

Read a full press release about Wick Speaks! Tour here <link coming soon>

This is a video capturing the results of the project:

Hackney Tours is an ongoing experiment in sustainable socially-minded travel & tourism. Founder Simon Cole shares plane-free wonder on our doorstep with hyper-local ‘slow travel’ walks. They connect the area’s radical campaigning history to its contemporary arts and activist culture, asking what future East London we want https://hackneytours.com

The People Speak is a collective of international arts practitioners based in East London, founded 23 years ago. We use performance art, multi-media and technology to stimulate discussion, generate ideas, and inform decision making in the public and cultural sphere through fun, interactive format in the UK and globally. Talkaoke is a live, television-style talk show popping out at festivals, clubs, galleries, conferences, on the street and online http://thepeoplespeak.org.uk

Wick Speaks! is funded by Wick Together – the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone, and will enable us to employ and upskill some E9 freelancers who had been hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wick Together funded through the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone programme and managed jointly by Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation – will upskill the local creative community to deliver training and courses that improve social cohesion, support local businesses and help residents develop creative skills http://www.hwfi.zone/wick-together

Read about other projects awarded the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone funding here


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