Dalston Connected Street Party – Sunday 6th June

To celebrate the opening of the new Dalston Junction over head station and continued investment into the town centre, Hackney residents and visitors are invited to a street party thrown by Hackney Council.

Music from local acts, the chance to join in a tea dance, food from around the world and family entertainment will mark the opening of four new London Overground stations in Hackney which have brought better connections and faster travel to the borough.

The new station at Dalston Junction is part of a wider picture of town centre investment, with the development of more than 500 new homes, including affordable homes, a new library and public archive, a new public square and space for shops and offices.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “Hackney’s new London Overground stations and improved North London line mean it’s now easier to get around the borough, and with our continued investment into Dalston town centre, there are now even more reasons to visit the area’s many cultural attractions and diverse restaurants.

“Hackney Council worked hard to secure improved transport for our borough and now we have the connections an inner London borough deserves. We would like to thank our residents for their patience during the works and to celebrate the opening of our new stations by inviting them to a free street party in the heart of Dalston.”

Date: Sunday 6 June
Time: 12noon to 5pm
Location: Ashwin Street, E8 (opposite Dalston Junction London Overground station)

Line Up:

• Katy Carr and the Aviators – eccentric and eclectic folk singer-songwriter. www.katycarr.com
• Cut a Shine – anarchic ceilidh and barn dance from this troupe of gingham-clad dancers. www.cutashine.co.uk
• Zong Zing All Stars – Upbeat, happy soukous from Congolese band, whose music is characterised by intricate guitar picking styles. Music so infectious you’ll just have to dance. www.myspace.com/zongzing

• Dogan Mehmet and the Deerhunters – Dogan Mehmet, along with his backing band the Deerhunters, creates an Anglo-Turkish, Gypsy-Punk style mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves. A diverse mixture of Southern English and Turkish folk songs, self-penned material driven from English Morris as well as Cypriot traditions give Dogan his own captivating sound. www.doganmehmet.com

Street theatre performances will come from the Dave Chameleon Show, Jon Hicks and Bruce Airhead. Jugglers, stilt walkers and balloon modellers will provide further entertainment. Visitors can join in a traditional tea dance and enjoy dance displays from Hackney-based group The Bees Knees.

Caribbean, West African and Vietnamese food will be among the tasty treats on offer to keep visitors refreshed.

Information stands will give residents the chance to find out about other opportunities in the borough, including a chance to talk to members of the Council’s 2012 Unit about jobs, training, volunteering and more related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There will so be the opportunity to see the latest progress with the Dalston Square development, including the chance to view an exhibition of work by Hackney artists at the new library on Dalston Lane – due to open in spring 2011.

The London Overground opened on 23 May running from Dalston Junction in the north to West Croydon and Crystal Palace in the south. There are four new stations in Hackney – Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street. The service is due to be extended to Highbury and Islington by spring 2011, and to Clapham by 2012, with 16 trains an hour running through the borough by that time – equivalent to Tube frequency.

One Response to "Dalston Connected Street Party – Sunday 6th June"

  1. A Street Party to celebrate the victory of property developers over the wishes of the local people.

    and the triumph for dodgy votes on planning committees

    and wholesale demolition

    and a bus-stop for £40 million.

    Party on!

    Comment by Andrew Boff on 06/06/2010 at 11:59 am

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