What does the Situationism of Guy Debord and Paris ’68 have to do with sustainability and the need to imagine better futures?
Antitours – the Antidote?
This is a polemic, by someone who has more questions than answers. No slur or offence is intended to all the smart people employed in ‘conventional’ tourism, (like myself with my other hats on). I’ve worked in that field for 14 years now and learned a phenomenal amount from some fascinating, entertaining educators. There’s room…
Hackney Wick to Extinction Rebellion: Everything is Connected
From Hackney Wick to Extinction Rebellion, it’s all connected. Can we save some of the good stuff…?
Never the Bride: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Crash of Wedding Symbols
Symbols matter. There’s a serious bit of state theatre going on this weekend apparently (Hackney Tours is too busy being out on the street to follow the media) and it’s all about reinforcing the ancient (feudal?) concept of monarchy. Apparently we’re paying for an elaborate spectacle that is designed to reassure us that being Subjects…
Austerity: Paris Protest 1968 to Hackney Joy 2018
We established the personal is the political in the 1960s. It affects everything around us. Where the oil comes from, who makes our clothes, how our wealth is spent – and how we care for the most vulnerable in society. Whether we have a society… Tour guides are often told to steer clear of politics….
SHW the Group that Burned 10,000 Names
The KLF burned a million pounds on the isle of Jura in 1994 to make a statement and try (it’s said) to negate the all-pervasive power of money. On Tuesday on another island, Fish Island, Save Hackney Wick burned 10,000 names on a petition to mark the apparent failure (at the time of writing) to…
Why London Needs a Hackney Wick: Arts, Humanities and Alternative Culture
As the Hackney Wick art scene threatens to disappear, why do we need the Arts in London?
Hackney Tours Tomorrow’s World
It’s apt that the exhibition Tomorrow’s World at Atom Gallery on Green Lanes– opening tomorrow, naturally – should explore ideas of Utopia and Dystopia so close to Newington Green. This is where
In Strange Times, Events For Us to Talk & Connect?
These are tumultuous times. In response we’re stepping up our communal activities. Winter is here but we’re not slowing down. There’s walking, talking and connecting to be done… The civic sphere is where we’re going to find each other and make sense of this year. Whatever happens, surely conversations are where any solutions will start?…
Stay Closer, Shop Local – Travel Deeper
Our ‘Food & Culture’ tour of Dalston and its markets is a labour of love – and a product of love for the area. It just got a great review on Funzing this week; but it’s not really about us it’s really about connection to the community. We’ve been hanging out at the places involved…
Regeneration Game: Margate 1 – 0 London
The exodus is on. If once London attracted the avant garde, does it now repel them? This week arts accessibility champions Open School East joined the artists heading to the south coast, Bristol continues to pull the permaculturists and environmentally ambitious while ‘startup centre’ Berlin is a no-brainer for the entrepreneur.
Art Everywhere for Everyone – Beauty is Where You Find It
Imagine a world with art and beauty on every corner? Who doesn’t want some of that? Yet maybe it already exists, we just need to see it? At Hackney Tours we’ve become fascinated by state and its effects on how we see the world.