Wednesday, 12 November 2014

OPEN's fabulous fundraising "Save Dalston Lane" event on Sunday 23 November. Don't miss it! Stellar line-up!!

OPEN has lined up a stellar cast of performers to entertain you at a cultural-political soiree "Save Dalston Lane"on Sunday evening, 23rd November, starting at 7:30pm. The event will be hosted at the super cool and popular Passing Clouds community centre and nightclub. There will be plenty of tickets for sale on the door. The event will raise funds for OPEN's Court battle on 24th November against Hackney Council's decision to allow total demolition of our 17 Georgian houses on Dalston Lane. You read all about  the Court case here.

Dan Cruickshank

The evening will include a presentation by the broadcaster and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank who has inspected the Georgian houses and has been following the fate of Dalston's heritage architecture over many years with grave concern. Dan is also a trustee of Spitalfields Trust, which has proposed a genuine conservation scheme for Dalston Terrace, but which Hackney has so far refused to discuss.

Iain Sinclair

The internationally renowned author, poet and film maker Iain Sinclair has also been following, and writing about, the erasure of Dalston's identity over many years. Iain will speak at the event and will surprise and startle you with his insight, wit and mesmerising poetry and prose.

Michael Rosen

We also have the poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen, now a national treasure but with strong family ties to Dalston. Michael has written at length in the national press, and indeed on this blog, about the neglect of Dalston's local community and its architectural heritage by the authorities.

Michael will also be performing some of his improvised jazz poems with Dalston's musical maestros the Dulce Tones who include Ali Friend of Red Snapper and Loz Speyer of Time Zone. We hope the Dulce Tones will also kick off with some of their great dance tunes

This promises to be a fabulous evening not to be missed.  Reserve your tickets here Tickets will be £10 on the door.


OPEN has to raise further funds to meet the legal costs of a full Court hearing on Monday 24th November. We urge everybody to donate whatever you can afford to support the campaign. We've raised £0,000s from the community so far, which has inspired us and for which we hugely grateful. It's the small sums that are really adding up!! You can donate using the Menu Bar above or by PayPal here:

or by direct transfer to OPEN's bank account:  OPEN Dalston Barclays Bank  Sort code: 20-46-57 Account 33274659

If we win we should recover most of our legal costs. All donations , after legal costs and expenses have been met, will be refunded pro-rata. 

You can also follow the campaign on Facebook and on Twitter @savedalstonlane and @opendalston 

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