Dissenters do it differently…


Season Finale: Peace not War

date: Saturday 11 October 2014
Stoke Newington Town Halltime & place: 5.30pm. Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street.
tickets: £11 on sale online from Friday 19 September

We take over the iconic venue of the Town Hall for the first time in our own right, with a very special event. In this concert, we focus on peace and the celebration of life rather than war and death, as many others have already marked the centenary of the start of World War I.

Another significant date this year is the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Those old enough to have seen the news coverage will never forget the images of divided families finally able to hug each other, and East and West Germans united in tearing the Wall down brick by brick. We’ll be performing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony, because Bernstein conducted it in Berlin on Christmas Day 1989 as part of the worldwide celebrations. It was the first time for many years that East and West German, Russian, British and Jewish musicians had the opportunity to make music together. At that concert the choir sang ‘Freiheit’ (Freedom) instead of ‘Freude’ (Joy), and we will do the same.

In that spirit we will be also bringing together singers from other local choirs and, as always, performing with our very own professional orchestra, the amazing Elastic Band.

Made in Hackney

Made in Hackney posterdate & time: Launch party Friday 26 September, 6.30-8.30pm. Exhibition – Saturday 27 September 11-6pm & Sunday 28 September 12-6pm
place: The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church St N16 9ES
tickets: Free entry
Dissenters proudly present an arty party based around Hackney scenes starring local photographers, Heather McDonough and John Sloboda. Their interestingly contrasted static exhibition will be surrounded by a swirling marketplace featuring books, prints and housewares from local artists & designers Cathy Brear * Amelia Rose Frances Johnson * Victoria Frances * Robin Heighway-Bury * Myra Heller * Karin Littlewood * Vicky Samuel * Jane Smith * plus locally-sourced deliciously different dishes from Pestle & Mortar Events & a bar selling craft beers. All made in Hackney.

Everyone has a chance to actively participate. Write your reactions to your favourite photo for a chance to win it. The best responses will be posted on the Dissenters N16 website.

Sounds perfect. And all of this takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Newington’s latest and loveliest community arts space, the Old Church

Lots to see, hear, eat, drink, purchase, and enjoy!
The Launch Party will have live improvised music from viola-player Valerie Albrecht, inspired by the exhibits on show. Plus food & drinks on sale.
Download the made in Hackney poster (PDF)

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