The Olympic Opening Ceremony, if nothing else, showed us just how much history, culture, and tradition we have. But also just how much space we have and have had to explore, experiment, and be entrepreneurial with. Our capital is a great example of spaces being used for unexpected purposes. A perfect example of the square block fitting in the triangle hole!
A Park on top of a Factory
High above the gritty streets of Dalston and perched on the rooftop of The Print House, a Hackney Haven awaits in the form of the Dalston Roof Park. Check the website for opening times and a full list of outdoor cinema, theatre and music. Once you’ve become a friend of the Dalston Roof Park just find a comfy spot on the AstroTurf and grab a drink. Membership is easy, online, and free!
A Graveyard in a University
First-time visitors to Queen Mary’s Mile End campus can’t help but notice the seemingly incongruous historical cemetery situated in the centre of the campus, surrounded by sleek modern architecture and busy students rushing by. A real reminder of the depth of history and respect to multiculturalism that ensures that, throughout history, space in London is continually adaptive and open to new phases.
Cambridgeshire in London
Ely Place, just off Holborn, is a little gated street you wouldn’t bat an eyelid at. These days the Beadle that used to stand guard no longer cries out the time and the weather every hour, but it is home to the most hidden pub in….Cambridgeshire! Basically, some Medieval Bishops took the phrase ‘home from home’ a bit too literally and decided to buy a street in London and proclaimed it part of Cambridgeshire. The Mitre Tavern’s original postal address is: “Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, Ely Place, Holborn, Circus, Cambridgeshire” and they say post still arrives there today!
We’re not saying you can turn London into Cambridgeshire, but have you ever seen a space you think you could use for the better? Make more interesting? If you have an idea and need the space to realise it, check the somewhereto_ website for more details.
Hey guys, look at what we’ve been getting up to at the Olympic Park- the amazing Aim High Dance Academy doing their thing on stage and Stardo Karle singing her heart out! somewhereto_ yet again pioneering youth engagement and talent at the 2012 Games, and having a laugh along the way!
At somewhereto_ , we know some pretty amazing people. In fact 123 of our very cool, super talented friends will be performing at the Olympic Park during the Games. That’s a lot of cool right there.
To celebrate, we would like you to meet three of them to find out how they feel about performing on the world’s biggest stage, and their predictions for the Games. Up first, meet Drew Price….
Drew is a member of the incredible free-running collective Trick Unique. Hailing from the Bridgend area in Wales, these guys have only been together for a year, but they have been making waves with their breathtaking and gravity defying stunts. A few months ago, we asked the guys where they would most like to perform and they told us that they wanted to perform at the Wales Millenium Centre. So we did what we do best and hooked them up with the space of their dreams.Now the guys will be performing at the Olympic Park too- straight from one the most prestigious stages in their country to one of the most prestigious stages in the world!
What makes Trick Unique so inspiring is that the guys are not only chasing their passions whole heartedly; but they have also created a social enterprise with those passions too, sharing what they love with other people. How? The collective have been offering free running and parkour classes to other young people, and coaching them in a safe environment.
When we asked Dean about what the Olympic Park means to him, he replied “It’ll be great to show people what we do with the extreme sport, to get our name out there, and it will of course be brilliant to represent our country at such a great venue”.Drew’s a little less optimistic about Team GB’s medal winning prospects- he only thinks will bring back 10! Ouch. But he went to say, “I hope they win more and we’re fully behind the team”.
We think its fantastic that so many young people are going to be able to take part in the Games, and that young people like Drew will be able to showcase niche sport forms such as freerunning and parkour.
2012 has been dubbed as the most diverse Games history of the Olympics, and young people like Drew and the Trick Unique Crew are living proof!
The Games are finally here, and we have enjoyed a day of Olympic Torch glory!
It feels like its been a lifetime in the making right?
What makes these Olympics extra special is that for all the debate, a concerted effort has been made by organisers to ensure that this truly is an Olympiad for the people.
The existence of somewhereto_ , a Cultural Olympiad project is a shining example of this, if we do say so ourselves. The torchbearers are another example of the efforts to make the Games as inclusive as possible.
Today, we went absolutely torch mental! This morning, friend of somewhereto_; editorial assistant at Live; Young Ambassador for Lambeth; and all around amazing person Shineze Henry ran along the Old Kent Road. Here’s what she had to say:
“I got chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer by Livity, a very influential marketing brand, because of my inspirational story. A few years ago I got kicked out of school but I chose to overcome that by becoming a key member of Live Magazine, providing support to other young people whilst also being a young career to my mum.
Carrying the torch means so much to me. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I mean … it’s such a privilege to be carrying the Olympic torch”
What amazing young woman. You might remember a few weeks back, that Live editor Celeste Houlker also ran with the torch. Today, after seeing Shineze and watching the torch (and its accompanying mini festival) take to the Brixton streets just outside our offices, Celeste wrote that alongside the athletes that we all love so much, we should “keep in the mind the many hands that it past through who all bring something special to their communities everyday without receiving a medal at the end”.
We don’t even know where this quote came from. But we do know that there’s something about the summer that draws out the adventurer in us.
Something about the warmth that makes us a little more eager to explore, discover and make wonderful memories. It may well be that the longer days make us all the more keener to fill every waking hour with something meaningful and exciting. This summer we’ve been discovering how much you all show off with our amazing competition, and we are so looking forward to making memories in this historic summer as the 2012 Games approach.
So gang, as you know, we have been scouring the land, looking high and low in search of the biggest show offs in the land! Last week our valiant quest took us to Belfast, where we joined by Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who performed a few sets before inviting local talent to the stage. Enjoy the highlights vid, and don’t forget that there are only 5 days left until the closing date of the show off competition, which you can enter here: http://bit.ly/MhxqUo
Just submit a 60 sec clip of you showing off your skills by the 18th July, good luck!
You know how much the somewhereto_crew has been completely bitten by the Olympic bug?
Well, just when we thought we couldn’t possibly get any more excited about the Games, our long time friend, the lovely Celeste Houlker was announced as a torch bearer!
Last week, she sojourned to the rather random destination of Chesterfield ( Celeste, editor of the super amazing Live Magazine, is from London) where she took centre stage as she multi-tasked with aplomb: waving at the crowds, holding the torch without dropping it, and having a mighty good time brightening up the day with her winning smile.
Check out her pics from the day, and watch this space for Celeste’s own personal account of her Olympiad adventure. Celeste, you’ve done us all proud lady!
Check out our earlier post about equally amazing torchbearer, Belinda , who ran with the torch after getting in touch with her regional co-ordinator. Need some where to do your thing? Look no further than us space champions at somewhereto_.
If only there was an Olympic space finding race ….alas, get in touch with us today!
So guys, as you know we have launched the somewhereto_showoffcompetition *woops* *cheers* *mass applause*
This is your chance to perform at a top secret location during the Games aaand fly to Rio de Janeiro with BAFTA winning actor Adam Deacon where he will film you doing your thing. So whether thats belly dancing, BMXing, basketball freestyling- WHATEVER, you can get involved by clicking here
You can either come to one of our tour shows or upload a 60 sec vid yourself. This week we are going to be at: Great Yarmouth College on 28th June; at the National Space Center in Leicester on 29th June; The London Youth Games 30th June; PING Leicester 30th June; The Literary and Open Mic Fest in Hull 30th June-1st July aaand T4 On The Beach on the 1st July. Come to one of our events with your friends and show us how you showoff!