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.

Wall Down Tourists Out: Bringing Down Barriers With Travel

Berliners will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall on 9th November. But some resent the influx of tourists that the new openness brings. This was discussed by the travel trade this week in London. But surely breaking down barriers is what international travel should be about? 9th November is the 25th…

Gentrification: Is Our Art & Coffee Costing The Neighbourhood?

“It is at best a misunderstanding, and at worst a harmful lie, to portray the cultural sector as an ally of low-income groups. Campaigners against gentrification should resist every art gallery, craft workshop, or new media centre. The first art gallery in a working-class neighbourhood is a sure sign, that gentrification is imminent. “Keep them…

Hackney Tours Berlin Wall Run in Hackney Gazette

Hackney Gazette covered our Wall run last week in Berlin. It was partly about Berlin and the old German Democratic Republic, but it was also about Hackney. In 2009 Hackney Tours ran the former Iron Curtain with a team of ‘East’ and ‘West’ Germans to celebrate 20 years since the Wall fell (see Running the…

Talking Gentrification at Germany’s Documenta Art Fair

Documenta is Germany’s 5-yearly art fair in the relatively quiet city of Kassel. Almost completely destroyed by British bombers in WW2, the new city has been hosting this massive event since 1955 as part of a ‘fresh start’ for a then new Federal Republic of Germany. Along with academic Sarah Scarsbrook, Hackney Tours was invited…