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Art project gets neighbours waving

28 September, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

 Packington estate Islington. Wavelength  installation by Claudia Janke


An artist based in Packington estate embarked on a project which got her neighbours saying hello. Claudia Janke used a drone to film her neighbours waving from their balconies and doorsteps.

The final product was screened last Friday at an event called PACK_ITON on Canalside Square where people ate popcorn and lay on beanbags to enjoy the Wavelength film screening.

Folasade Akinda


Claudia has lived on the estate for 19 years and works as a photographer and photo- journalist. She said: “We live on top of each other, next door to each other, and under each other, but maybe don’t acknowledge each other. I got to know my neighbours by knocking on doors and people met each other who may not have spoken to each other otherwise. I wanted to show we are all the same really and a little wave goes a long way.”

From left: Victoria Vaughan, Anne Sullivan with baby Belle Vaughan, and Toni and Rubie Gill

PACK_ITON is devised and organised by arts organisation AIR which is working in a new partnership with adventure play organisation Awesome. It is commissioned by The Hyde Housing Group and funded by the National Lottery.

To find out more see: =””> or follow the project on Instagram: @pack_ing_ and

More of the Wavelength screening at https://insta-


Curtain rises on new Tower Theatre

Tower Theatre Stoke Newington

A house warming at the new Tower Theatre took place last Thursday after 15 years of waiting for a building to call home. The Tower Theatre has been renting buildings across London since losing its lease on Canonbury Tower in 2003. They have now transformed a former gym into a theatre on Northwold Road, Stoke Newington.

Joyce Terry from the Tower Theatre said: “It was an evening of joy and tears. Every person there was so happy that their long search for a new theatre was finally over and the tears were because it was so moving. It looked beautiful.”

The theatre’s first show is Henry V which will run from September 26-October 6. For more information see:


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