Dalston Connected - free street party to celebrate continued investment

‘Dalston Connected’ street party
Sunday 6 June
12noon to 5pm
Ashwin Street, E8 (opposite Dalston Junction London Overground station)

Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Dalston’s new transport connections and the continued investment into the town centre at a free street party being put on by Hackney Council.

Music from local acts, the chance to join in a tea dance, food from around the world and family entertainment will mark the opening of four new London Overground stations in Hackney which have brought better connections and faster travel to the borough.

The new station at Dalston Junction is part of a wider picture of town centre investment, with the development of more than 500 new homes, including affordable homes, a new library and public archive, a new public square and space for shops and offices.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “Hackney’s new London Overground stations and improved North London line mean it’s now easier to get around the borough, and with our continued investment into Dalston town centre, there are now even more reasons to visit the area’s many cultural attractions and diverse restaurants.

“Hackney Council worked hard to secure improved transport for our borough and now we have the connections an inner London borough deserves. We would like to thank our residents for their patience during the works and to celebrate the opening of our new stations by inviting them to a free street party in the heart of Dalston.”

‘Dalston Connected’ is being run by Hackney Council and supported by its partners Transport for London, the London Development Agency, Barratt Homes and the Arts Council England funded music project Global Local.

The street party will feature live music and dance on stage in Ashwin Street from three Hackney acts:

•Katy Carr and the Aviators – eccentric and eclectic folk singer-songwriter.
•Cut a Shine – anarchic ceilidh and barn dance from this troupe of gingham-clad dancers.
•Zong Zing All Stars – Upbeat, happy soukous from Congolese band, whose music is characterised by intricate guitar picking styles. Music so infectious you’ll just have to dance.

Stage entertainment will also include Turkish Cypriot music from:

•Dogan Mehmet and the Deerhunters – Dogan Mehmet, along with his backing band the Deerhunters, creates an Anglo-Turkish, Gypsy-Punk style mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves. A diverse mixture of Southern English and Turkish folk songs, self-penned material driven from English Morris as well as Cypriot traditions give Dogan his own captivating sound.

Street theatre performances will come from the Dave Chameleon Show, Jon Hicks and Bruce Airhead. Jugglers, stilt walkers and balloon modellers will provide further entertainment. Visitors can join in a traditional tea dance and enjoy dance displays from Hackney-based group The Bees Knees.

Caribbean, West African and Vietnamese food will be among the tasty treats on offer to keep visitors refreshed.

Information stands will give residents the chance to find out about other opportunities in the borough, including a chance to talk to members of the Council’s 2012 Unit about jobs, training, volunteering and more related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There will so be the opportunity to see the latest progress with the Dalston Square development, including the chance to view an exhibition of work by Hackney artists at the new library on Dalston Lane - due to open in spring 2011.

Dalston Square is a partnership between Hackney Council, Transport for London, the London Development Agency and Barratt Homes.

Ian Brown, Managing Director of TfL London Rail which built the new railway, said: “This is what London Overground is all about – bringing people from London’s diverse communities together. Transport for London is proud to have played a part in the regeneration of Dalston and Hackney and in putting them both firmly on London’s Tube map.”

Peter Bishop, London Development Agency Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The London Development Agency’s partnership with Hackney is making the most of the opportunities brought to Dalston by Transport for London and the East London Line extension. The new homes, library, shops and restaurants will boost the heart of Dalston and the investment in Dalston’s public spaces will connect with its existing communities.”

Alastair Baird, Regional Managing Director of Barratt London, said:
“We are delighted to play our role in this fantastic event, which will give local people a chance to celebrate the exciting transformation of Dalston. The partnership between Barratt Homes, the LDA, TfL and Hackney Council is delivering positive change to Dalston and with the creation of Dalston Square - the largest new public square in the area for over 100 years - now underway, there is much to look forward to.”