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Green architects of the future

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10 February, 2017 — By Gabe Evans

Dominika Fourt, and, below, a sample of the children’s work

DESIGNER Dominika Fourt has been passing on her passion for architecture, design, graphics and creative thinking to younger generations since 2015 in her exciting workshops for children aged 6-11, which run at Thornhill Primary School and Elizabeth House Community Centre. With a degree in architecture and engineering, Dominika believes teaching children practical creative skills at an early age will help them solve challenges in all areas of life. A recent Green Architecture workshop at Elizabeth House was particularly inspiring, challenging her young pupils to think of ways to combine sustainable living with modern needs and necessities. The children transformed “concrete” cubes into vibrant green house projects, covered with garden roofs and walls. “With the grim winter weather outside, the Green Architecture themed workshop was just the thing to brighten the day,” said Dominika. Let’s hope Islington’s young will be leading our Green future! To find out more visit

Pupils take a creative journey across cultures

Duncombe primary pupils Ali, Baran, Yusuf, Yamin, Ropelda and Jennifer learning about ebru

CREATIVE Islington has been busy running workshops with three local schools – Duncombe and Drayton Park primaries and Mount Carmel Secondary School for Girls – over the past few weeks as part of a new project called Journeys Across Cultures, recently funded by the Awards for All: Big Lottery Funding. On Monday pupils from Duncombe Primary took part in an ebru workshop, run by the Turkish Education Group. Similar to paper marbling, ebru is a traditional Turkish art technique using paints that do not dissolve or mix in water, allowing them to be manipulated as they float on the liquid’s surface before being transferred onto paper. “They absolutely loved it,” said Rachel Toogood, from Creative Islington. “Every time anyone made something new everyone clapped!” More workshops will be run across the schools over the coming weeks in collaboration with the Islington Centre for Refugee and Migrants and Every Voice, a creative and political platform that seeks to provide everyone with a fair voice. A grand finale event to bring together all the students hard work will be taking place at the end of March, including a special choir performance from the children at Drayton Park Primary, inspired by poems written by refugees. To find out more contact Creative Islington at

Explore the streets of Islington Pride

Gay rights demonstration in Highbury Fields in 1971

AS part of Islington’s LGBT+ History Month, the Clerkenwell & Islington Guides’ Association (CIGA) has teamed up with Islington Museum to present a free walk – Islington Pride: A Guided Walk Through 50 Years of LGBT History. The walk will compliment the museum’s current Islington Pride exhibition and the launch of its LGBT+ Archive Project. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which decriminalised consensual sex in private between men over 21. The walk will start at the Islington Museum and end at Highbury Fields, the site of Britain’s first Gay Rights demo in 1971. Legends will be told of one of the first gay MPs to come out in 1984, Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, of the black comedic playwright Joe Orton, and the extraordinary drag protesters Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. l The first of the three walks is tomorrow (Saturday, February 11). They are free, but booking essential at www.eventbrite.

EastEnders star surprises some real East Enders!

EastEnders Lisa Hammond, front, with Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers and Felicity Hart, lunch club organiser, centre back

Jesse Safford

EASTENDERS star Lisa Hammond surprised the Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers 60+ Lunch Club, off Clerkenwell Road, last Thursday at a special 1940s-theme feast organised by local law firm DAC Beachcroft. The actress – known on Albert Square as Donna Yates, a disabled market trader – had simply heard about the event and decided to come along and help out unannounced. “She was very charming,” said Andrew Thompson, chairman of F & C Volunteers. “I must admit I didn’t know who she was! But all the volunteers and clients were very excited.” A delicious dinner of pie and mash was followed by a wartime favourites singalong, including a much-loved rendition of There’ll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs of Dover from Jesse Safford, 94, a former pub singer.


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