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Puritanical borough of Hackney bans ‘sex’ establishments

Puritanical borough of Hackney bans ‘sex’ establishments

“Earlier draconian proposals included that all ‘sex’ establishments to be located below ground level with entrances “away from main thoroughfare”, meaning anywhere but the high street it’s located on.  An alley maybe?” Hackney council have agreed to ban any future adult establishments in the borough despite protest from employees of adult establishments, and 67 per […]

Hackney Councils woeful nil policy on sex establishments

Hackney Councils woeful nil policy on sex establishments

In going after adult establishments, Hackney Council have gone for easy prey. The sex industry does not have the lobby power or open support, other industries  such as gambling have … On Wednesday 12 January, the licensing Committee voted to approve a new ‘nil’ policy on ‘sex’ establishments. If approved by full council on 26 […]

Arcola Theatre: Out with a Blast!

Arcola Theatre: Out with a Blast!

The Arcola Theatre have recently staged their final productions at their old home on Arcola Street. Based there for the past decade, the owner of the site has decided it’s time for some more luxury apartments in the area and consequently the theatre have found a new home on Ashwin Street, closer to Dalston Junction […]

Strippers & Adult Establishment Workers March on Hackney Town Hall

Strippers & Adult Establishment Workers March on Hackney Town Hall

Dancers from Hackney’s four lap dancing clubs along with club workers such as bouncers, DJ’s and bar workers marched to the town hall on Mare Street yesterday, to protest Hackneys proposal of a ‘nil’ policy on adult entertainment venues and shops in the borough. They say amongst their many concerns,  are the approximately 400 people […]

Hackney students take to the catwalk

Hackney students take to the catwalk

Pupils from schools in the borough including Stoke Newington High School, Horizon School and Hackney Free and Parochial Secondary School strutted their stuff at the newly refurbished Stoke Newington Town Hall on Thursday evening (2nd December). Showing designs they had made entirely out of recycled material, thanks to the Hackney Re-Made project organised by the […]

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a Hackney-based composer who not only scored the notorious ‘Go Compare’ television adverts but also devised and wrote the original Music Hall piece ‘Frank’s Closet’, which drew crowds to Hoxton Hall last year. In his studio, in Hoxton Works, he talked of his career and how he finds Hackney as a creative […]

A Hackney Quest Mission In Cape Town

A Hackney Quest Mission In Cape Town

Nine young people from Hackney Quest, a Hackney based childrens charity, recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where they spent nine days engaging in inter-cultural activities and a life inspiring and learning mission. For 9 months they worked tirelesly to raise the over £12,000 they needed for the trip and project, by running various […]

Educating Young Minds: A lesson In LGBT awareness

Educating Young Minds: A lesson In LGBT awareness

A Hackney borough secondary school, has recently been the focus of  nationwide and international attention because of a pioneering scheme to educate youths on LGBT awareness, (for the uninitiated, that stands for Lesbian, Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender). Stoke Newington School claims to have virtually eradicated homophobia amongst its students, thanks to its diversity studies, which includes […]

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