Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Lounge With The TOWIE Look

Samantha Curry luxuriates in loungewear loved in Essex. TOWIE star Nicole Bass is not only wearing her new loungewear products from fashion brand Belle Luxe....

Night Of Angels

Samantha Curry reveals the Victoria Secret show. Earlier this week the Victoria Secret fashion show was held in New York. Three thousands guests watched 47...

Back to the Past, Present, Future

Jonathan Tagle meets Vuitton’s visitors. The recent Louis Vuitton Series 3 event near London’s Somerset House, entitled Past, Present, Future exhibited the Autumn/Winter 2015 creations...

Dual Vision of Ulster

Marius Moen Holtan visits two Ulsters without leaving East London. If you go down Heneage Street, an uninviting alley off Brick Lane, you will most...

The Early Chef Catches The Fish

In the first of a series on The Food Chain, Nika Jazaee goes to Market. It looks like a scene from a wartime field hospital:...

The Fabric of India

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury weaves her way to the V&A. Indian culture is so enmeshed within British culture, especially in areas of East London such as Plaistow,...

Cosplay Versus Oddplay

Seconds away for the Cosplay showdown, hailed as the greatest clash since Ali v Frazier. In the red corner, Callum Crumlish insists it's not...

Blitzed Out

Jess Gray had never experienced anything like the music night at Brick Lane's Blitz retro store. I was recently invited to an in-store live music...

Wedding Belles

Adiba Khat will be grooming everything bridal in a new series on the art of the South Asian wedding. An elegant shade of red catches...

Comic Con Con?

Maybe not a rip-off but the Comic Con After Party was certainly a let down, according to Alessandro Carrara. It was already raining when I...

Girl Gang State Of Mind

Louise Wade is on a Skinny Girl Diet. Following the release of their ‘Reclaim Your Life’ EP, London’s latest all-girl punk band Skinny Girl Diet...

James Bond Comes To Canary Wharf

Coinciding with the spectacular UK release of SPECTRE, Everyman Cinema has the license to host an exclusive exhibition, 'The Name's Bond'. For one month only, Canary...

Smoking…..Without Endangering Health

Make-up artist Romani Saunders shows Jess Gray how to get that smokey effect in her eyes. Whether splashed all over your favourite magazines pages or...

Rising Feast: the Breakfast Club at Canary Wharf

Join the Breakfast Club, says Tom Hedley. You don't even have to get up early to do it. I don’t eat breakfast. Mornings start with...

When Faith First Met Fashion

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury shares the joy at seeing the first hijabi in a fashion-related corporate video campaign. East London is home to thousands of young Muslim...

Same Difference: how hipster town just doesn’t add up

The Shoreditch vision of diversity is strangely uniform, observes Gabriela Fabretti. In Shoreditch and the surrounding area you will find people of many different tribes,...

The Festival of Daylight

Schahrazade Halfaoui dives into a daytime Diwali. The ancient Hindu festival of Diwali - or the Festival of Lights - signifies the victory of light...
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Hands Off Celebrities!

Slagging off sleb culture may be hip but Emma Brand is having none of it. A whole industry has been built around celebrity culture...

Striving For Strobing

Jess Gray draws the contours of London’s most fashionable look. Perhaps the hottest look in town is the famously ‘glam’ glow which Kim Kardashian and...

Comic Con Countdown

As October rolls around once again, the countdown to one of East London’s biggest pop culture events, MCM Comic Con, has begun. During the next...

Rooftop Film Club – See You Next Year

Callum Crumlish bids a fond adieu to one of the highlights of his summer. As the weather outside turns frightful, I can’t help feeling wistful...
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Snap, Crackle and Bop!

Only last week, when I first wrote about it, Brick Lane’s Cereal Killer café seemed harmless enough. I even recommended it as the place...

Cereal Saga

For some people, this year’s big hit has been Serial, the true-crime podcast. Others would opt for Cereal Killer, the Brick Lane café which...
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Zaskia Delgado lists London’s most obscure theatres. 1) Network Theatre This venue is actually hidden! To the point it doesn’t appear on many maps. It is...
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Fat Is A Womanly Issue

Tamisha Thomas takes an abused and abusive term in order to re-define it. The world is obsessed with dress size. With so much pressure to...
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Days Away From The Celebrity League

Martin Voller finds out why some fans prefer the non-celebrity side of football. Non-league football is a load of rubbish. The grounds are bad and...
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Nothing Comical About Nerdism

Seriously, London is set to become Nerd City this summer, according to Callum Crumlish. Nerd culture has become quite the money-making phenomenon in the past...
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First Night But No Nerves

Elise Briggs spoke to new club promoter Michael Griffin about his big adventure. Mike Griffin came from near the Highlands of Scotland to the badlands...

Brick Lane Fashion Shoot

JD Tagle takes us  into the world of East London fashion gurus Aaron Lesta Candal and Michael Angelo Sanchez. After a short wait I see...
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Please Put Your Daughter On The Stage (or at least let her know where...

Angie X, a drama student in higher education, says that the young people of East London need more angels to show them the way...

Very Rare Warehouse Catwalk

JD Tagle pulls some classic clothes out of storage. Very Rare EU is a new online store that stocks hand-picked branded vintage and retro clothing. Having used the store...

In The Vanguard Of Vintage

JD Tagle interviews Raheem Muhammed of online vintage shop  Very Rare EU What brands do you wear personally? I wear brands such as Nike, Adidas, Alexander...
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Café At The End Of The Journey

Maloko (the name means ‘journey’ in Cameroon) proves a fitting final destination for Nika Jazaee’s odyssey across East London eateries. Regardless of the weather, Maloko...

When All You Want Is ‘Out’ From The ‘In’ Crowd

Ebony Bell experiences the dangers of nightclub overcrowding. Overcrowding in UK venues and nightclubs is a serious issue. Section 53 of the Licensing Act, 2003...

From MOBO To NOBO?

Ebony Bell has a pop at urban music. Have the MOBO Awards lost their way, and does anyone really care anymore about who is going...

Hackney Boy Makes Good … Music

Ebony Bell meets DJ Ruff N Tuff. It's not often that a young aspiring DJ from the slums of Hackney gets recognition for his skills...
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For The Sake Of Secularism – Ban It!

In this modest proposal to ban all religious garb, Kay Ayed anticipates her new role as Rising East’s Hijabi Humorist. We’ve just about had enough...
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Sky Over Shoreditch

Emma Brand has been touched by the Sky Garden. The Sky Garden, high above the hustle and bustle of hipster Brick Lane, has one of...

Aske And Ye Shall Find A Decent Pub

Tom Hedley worships at The Old Haberdasher. New Cross wasn’t always androgynous pubs and chicken shops. In the seventeenth century the land belonged to the...
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Still Playing After All These Years

Callum Crumlish was posted to the Old Blue Last, one of the first live music venues in East London and now one of the...

Modesty Becomes You!

J.D. Tagle and Kawther Ayed spent a day in Stratford spotting the latest hijab styles. Although the hijab is a traditional symbol of modesty, Muslim...

Stories Of Summer

Hannah Blacklock says nothing’s tops the seasonal Shoreditch pop-up, Summer Tales. Summer Tales is back this May for all of your big kid, jungle-gym needs....
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We Need To Talk About Religion

Tamisha Thomas asks herself some searching questions about attitudes to Islam. Prologue: 23 February 2015 As I sat inside EAT in Westfield on what felt like the...

Elbow Room

Nika Jazaee refuses to give Elbows Cafe the cold shoulder. The brown and beige exterior of the family-owned Elbows Café next to Hackney’s Victoria Park...
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Theatre Of Debate

An East London based theatre is hosting a politically themed, interactive performance during the last few days before the general election on 7 May. Unicorn...

Full Stop

Nika Jazaee says stop right now in the name of good coffee. Yes, make a full stop when you get close to this café on...
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Come In For Coffee And You Won’t Want To Leave

Nika Jazaee gives maximum points to a café called Muxima. Muxima is your local hipster café, if you live in Bow. They don’t have a...

Finger Lickin’ Street Chicken

Sold from the side of a converted US Army ambulance in Elys Yard at Truman Brewery, Mother Clucker chicken is mother clucking good.   Mother Clucker’s...

‘Light Pink And Blackened On The Sides’

Tom Hedley is back in burger heaven. I’d had enough of micro-brewed ales and nine-cheese pizzas, so decided to make a Haché of it. I...

Secret Garden

Tom Hedley looks behind the door into the Barbican conservatory. Vines weave freely through what could be the remains of a long lost world. The Barbican...

From Amersham To Bunker

Tom Hedley enters two of south east London’s most celebrated venues. Camouflaged in graffiti, the Amersham Arms is a south east London landmark. Oft-praised in...
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Beer You Can Eat

Tom Hedley relishes the Peckham bistro opened by former Shoreditch chef James Beer. Peckham isn’t renowned for elegance. Not even slightly. But its reputation may...

Flowered Up

Nika Jazaee enjoys a little china down the Lane. Pretty Cuppa definitely lives up to its name. In the heart of Brick Lane you will...

Popping In For Fish And Chips

Cod comes well battered in the street behind Brick Lane, reports Emma Brand. The Brick Lane area is best known for curries – and before...

Writing On The Wall

Emma Brand cops an eyeful of East London’s graffiti. Opinion is divided over graffiti: some people say that writing on the wall is an art...

Drop In Whenever You Like

Continuing his tour round the religions of East London, un-believer Matt Wright encounters an (almost) unbelievably relaxed attitude when visiting the Hindu temple in...

The Importance Of Being Theatrical

Zaskia Delgado reports on a new manifesto for theatre in the UK. Advocacy organisation UK Theatre has drawn up an arts policy ‘wish list’ for...

Top Five Things To Scoff At This Easter

While stuffing your face might sound like the perfect way to spend the Easter holiday, you won’t want to end up with a muffin...
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Mind Your Excruciating Language!

The Hackney Miscarriage, East London's most insecure column, is even more distressed to hear the criminal distortion of English. It is likely that more languages...

Alan, The Busker With A Difference

Beatrice Groth is drawn to a different kind of busker on the streets of Stratford.   https://vimeo.com/123612995 As commuters of various cultures stream from Straford station, I...

Worth Crossing Town For

Callum Crumlish is not likely to nix the NXI. Deep within the labyrinth of South-East London, across the hipster-filled plains of New Cross, lies a...

The Late, Late Show

Never mind James Corden, Rising East’s Elise Briggs and Mel Zumrutel go Gonzo in late night Shoreditch.   “Messy, but it works” First stop: Zigfrid Von Underbelly,...

Turning Off The Tap Of Ideas

Katy Sharp-Watson mourns the likely loss of IdeasTap and rails against the lack of diversity in the arts. To the disappointment and disbelief of many...

In Bed With Your Favourite Films

Azana Francis gets comfy at the cinema. Behind Shoreditch High Street station and adjacent to Allen Gardens, there is a heavily graffiti’d, half-hidden building that...
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Music In The Air

Martista Rodríguez Villar explains why she swapped Madrid and a job in advertising for the London music scene. ‘I just wanted to discover different places,...
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Elderly, Orthodox, Welcoming

Matt Wright warms to the cosy atmosphere of Hackney’s newest synagogue. It’s just before 10am and the men and women who make up the relatively...
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Delicate, De-liteful, De-lovely

Listening to De Luna, you could have knocked Callum Crumlish down with a feather. As De Luna floated through their third song, 'Bones', a police...

First Look At Cutting Edge Film Festival

Katy Sharp-Watson previews the East London festival in which young film makers take centre stage. Cutting East, the youth wing of the East End Film...

Unobtrusive Yet Implacable

Callum Crumlish feels the build-up of support for Tweed & Hyenas. Most of the bands you find in post-millennial pubs are aiming for the catchiest...

Where All the Flowers Are

Sandra Amas Egbaran reports from the famous Columbia Road Flower Market. https://vimeo.com/121689338

‘Best Burger Ever’ (Maybe Not The Burgundy)

Tom Hedley has got no beef with New Cross House. I’ve just had an excellent February. No, not because it was National Bird Feeding Month,...

Ready For The Wind

Photographer JD Tagle introduces the work of fashion designer Khola Malik. The coat and dress featured here are from Khola's 2014 Movement collection, made of...
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Extreme Messaging

Too many issues spoil the play, warns Zaskia Delgado. The Domestic Extremists by Dan Davies tackles many burning issues: the privatisation of education, media companies...

Water, Water Everywhere

Tamisha Thomas wonders why the waterfall coat is splashed across the streets of East London. The waterfall drape coat is everywhere! From fashion bloggers to...

No Fear Of Freedom

Katy Sharp-Watson marvels at the mature work of a radical, young film maker. Director and producer Tarquin Ramsay was only 15 years old when he...
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Elvis Is IN The Building

Callum Crumlish enjoys feeling close to the King. Across the hall from the Game of Thrones extravaganza, London's O2 Arena is also graced with an...

EastEnders 30 Years On: how was it for you?

Since they weren’t even born when the first episode of EastEnders aired 30 years ago this week, Rising East’s young journalists are obliged to...

Not Such A Grey Day

Perhaps the target audience was simply exhausted after all the exertions of Valentine's Day. Or maybe Fifty Shades of Grey is really a...

My Funny Valentine

When it comes to Valentine’s Day films, Katy Sharp-Watson sees that not all shades are grey. If you’re looking for that perfect film for a...

Abortion – Ha, Ha, Ha!

Katy Sharp Watson finds herself unexpectedly amused. Unwanted pregnancy has featured in a number of Hollywood comedies such as Juno and Knocked Up. But abortion...

Barbed Bouquet

Tom Hedley is horrified to see the New Cross Hobgoblin transformed into a rose. I wasn’t surprised to hear that The Hobgoblin pub had been...
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A Testing Kind Of Film-Fest

Katy-Sharp Watson previews a feminist film festival which puts rom-coms to the test. A new feminist film festival is holding its first event at the...
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Watching The Visitors

Marius Holtan monitors the tourists looking at London. 'We’ve been real tourists today,' I hear them say as they jump off the tour bus and...

Inspiring East London Youth Through Drama

Omar C. Richards talks to award-winning playwright, director, actor and choreographer Rikki Beadle-Blair about his extensive career, including his work with the Theatre Royal Stratford...

A Tale of Two Cinemas

Katy Sharp-Watson commutes between rich and poor picture houses in the borough of Hackney. The London Borough of Hackney has gone upmarket in recent years....

The Tastiest Table In This Part Of Town

Nika Jazee couldn't resist a new array of flavours. The wide range of pastries in the front window acts like gravity on your stomach, pulling...

AwayDay To Nowhere Town, Norfolk

Martin Voller goes on the road with Brentwood and comes away inspired by their team spirit. Sky Sports and other broadcasters often make a point...

Great Beigel Bake Off

Emma Brand feels the love for Brick Lane’s Beigel Bake. Whether it is 4am or 4pm, if you head to Brick Lane there is somewhere...
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Can Islam Be As British As Fish’n’Chips?

Matt Wright hears an imam make the case for English flavoured Islam. ‘We need to stop the tide of young men turning towards this chicken...

The East London Location Trail

Katy Sharp-Watson guides us through some of the East End locations used in famous films. The original photography on the right of each pair of...
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All Eyes On Gaza

Katy Sharp-Watson saw Gaza stripped back on film. Think of the Gaza strip and you think of war, Israeli occupation, starvation, and a population under...

Oh Yes It Is!

Zaskia Delgado says ‘allo, ‘allo, ‘allo to the panto season.  Raucous or refined, East London provides the pantomime of your choice. Mother Goose Hackney Empire delivers a...
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A New Way To Feast In The East

Thomas Hedley spoke to Stuart Langley, founder of the Disappearing Dining Club. ‘I used to beg, borrow and blag spaces for free or as little money...

African Dance Explosion

Hannah Odonkor explores the African dance scene. African Azonto dance is already well established across East London. But thanks to promoter DJ Afro B, a growing...

Russell Brand’s Latest Craving

Tom Strudwick hears his favourite fool get readin’ serious about books. Drug-user, ‘sex addict’, prankster, ‘revolutionary’…..book-lover? You might have thought that dusty old books would...

Chronicles Of A Forgotten Black Britain

Vanessa Jubey is carried back in time by a photo exhibition in Shoreditch. Click on any image for the slide show.   Autograph ABP’s exhibition entitled Black Chronicles II...
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Gazing At Gaza

Katy Sharp-Watson previews the London Palestine Film Festival. For the tenth year in succession, the Barbican Arts Centre is hosting the London Palestine Film Festival....

A Feast Of Words

Nika Jazaee relishes the short stories of Anthony Anaxagoru. As you walk into The Underbelly there is a large dining area – tonight it is...

All The World’s A Play

Emma Rouillon enjoys a photographic collection of the children of the world and their favourite toys. Some artists have the ability to take the stuff...

Home And Abroad

Watched by Katy Sharp-Watson, American documentary The Overnighters opened the second Homeless Film Festival in East London. This year’s Homeless Film Festival opened at Hackney’s...

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