LoveDifference Festival promotes the exchange of cultures and interest in Eastern and Central European cultures which have recently arrived so markedly in the capital. With a political as well as cultural edge, the LoveDifference Festival is a long overdue, updated take on an old-fashioned debate to promote a new European ideal of culture, travel, youth and exchange. It pulls European discussion away from the grey corridors of Brussels into exciting fresh and young venues such as Cargo and The Fishmarket Gallery in Northampton.
There will be a stall on Brick Lane market during the day directing people to the event and stalls outside and inside Cargo promoting various organisations partnering the event who work with migrant rights, social justice, or the exchange of cultures: including Compass Youth, the Hungarian cultural Institute and UNISON union.
Political discussions (1pm-3pm) with:
Chuka Umunna (employment lawyer and potential Labour parliamentary candidate – recently referred to as ‘the British Obama’ by Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote, and mentioned in New Statesman article ‘Is there a British Obama?’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuka_Umunna)
Jon Cruddas MP (candidate for the Labour party deputy leadership in 2007)
Istvan Hegedus, Hungarian sociologist
Susan Cueva, Acting Chair of Refugee Action and Project Manager for Migrant Workers at UNISON
Video art and discussions (4pm – 7pm), Video Art by:
Joanna Rajkowska (Poland) www.rajkowska.com
Ani Vaseva (Bulgaria) http://everydaysocialdemocracy.blogspot.com/
Cultural discussions include:
Interviews with Joanna and Ani
Roundtable with Joanna, Ani and Ildiko Takacs, director of Hungarian Cultural Institute London, and Anna-tryc Bromley, director of Polish Cultural Institute London
Music (9pm onwards):
Ohm Square (CZ) have played their electroalternative pop alongside the likes of Lou Reed and FatBoy Slim and are due to release their second album TakingShape in the UK. Based in Prague, a collaboration of an English singer and three Czech producer/musicians, Ohm Square name themselves after the unit of measurement for electrical resistance.
The Invisible (UK) masterful purveyors of melodramatic and intense hypnotic rock will also be performing, representing the UK’s homegrown music scene alongside Ohm Square’s Euro magic.
For further information please contact:
Tel. 0044 (0)207 734 0206