News Shorts & Other Busyness
Squall 4, April/May 1993, pg. 23.
Summer stirrings from that province of sedition, Hackney, have been heard in the offices of SQUALL.
A small but vociferous enthusiasm-unit calling themselves the Hackney Homeless People’s Festival (HHPF) are organising a Fordham-style city festival in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Planned for May 9th, the festival already has the support of many artists, performers, movers and groovers.
The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless by giving a platform to a variety of speakers and homelessness organisations. Balancing the act will be a backdrop of events, stalls, music and general festivity designed to entertain as well as inform.
Backing from the likes of the mighty Jon Beast’s Putting our House in Order, the Hackney Festival support Unit, Circus Space, The Wango Riley Stage, Whirlegig and Club Dog could provide the backbone for a real humdinger of a day.
Having secured support from Shelter, CHAR and The Big Issue, HHPF are now waiting for the go-ahead from Hackney Council who, although dragging their heels, are expected to confirm their support any day now.
Hackney’s homeless problem is as acute as anywhere in the country and an event such as this could provide a focal point for all those concerned. The energy being generated by those involved in the Hackney Homeless People's Festival is copious and could result in the best day out that Hackney has seen for some time.
If anybody reading this would like to provide support or contribute in any way to the Festival, contact Chris on 071 275 7220
Hackney Special including report from the Hackney Homeless Peoples' Festival - Squall 7 - Summer 1994