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.
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.”
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.
More of the Wavelength screening at https://insta- stalker.com/profile/claudiajanke/
Curtain rises on new Tower Theatre
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: www.towertheatre.org.uk/