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  • Posted 18 July 2017

    Tottenham Artist Hangout

    With Inua Ellams

    Connect with local artists, musicians, theatre-makers, dancers and more for an evening of sharing, exchange, provocation and connection.

    Running since 2015, our Tottenham Artist Hangouts are a series of pop-up networking events for artists, makers, creators, performers and anyone interested in chatting about the brilliant cultural scene in the area. So far we’ve seen over 300 local artists from a wide range of disciplines come together at these events and we can’t wait to meet more!

    For our first Hangout of 2019 we’re thrilled to welcome the internationally renowned poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer Inua Ellams, writer of the hugely popular The Barber Shop Chronicles, who will be talking to us about his various creative projects and how he has developed as an artist, before sharing some of his storytelling techniques. He’ll also be discussing his current LIFT Tottenham project which he’ll be working on with local 16-25-year-olds during the February half term, find out more about Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs here.

    The Hangout is taking place at Bruce Grove Youth Space, a place for young people in Haringey to get involved in a wide range of informal learning opportunities. It’s located at 10 Bruce Grove, N17 6RA (nearest station Bruce Grove, buses: 123, 149, 243, 259, 279, 318, 341, 349, 476, W4). Find out more about it here. 


    This event is free but please book in advance as space is limited.

    What do we mean by Tottenham Artist Hangout?

    By Tottenham we mean that you are based in the Tottenham area, and by based we mean that you live here, work here, or have a strong connection to the area in your life or artistic practice.

    By Artist we mean people with creativity to share. You might be working across dance, music, visual arts, theatre, live art, design or other creative fields, really we are interested in people practising any art form and at any stage in their career.

    By Hangout we mean come, meet, share, debate, listen, respond, contemplate, produce, consume, and enjoy. It’s about making connections, with new friends, new collaborators and with us at LIFT.

    For assistance with booking or if you have any questions please call the LIFT booking helpline on 020 7968 6808 Monday – Friday between the hours of 12.00 & 18.00

    'I left feeling very inspired and optimistic for the future of the arts and the community in Tottenham, so many engaged and active people are involved.'

    Hangout attendee, Oct 2016

    Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs - Tottenham workshop opportunity with Inua Ellams

    In 2011, Take Care, Drake’s second album dropped and Inua found the Lyrics ‘Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs’ lurking in one of the songs. He started thinking a lot about what it means to live in a city like London in the context of that lyric and would like to gather a group of around 15 people to explore those ideas over the course of a week in February - this is a paid opportunity for Tottenham-based 16-25-year-olds.


    About Inua Ellams

    Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He’s best known for his play The Barber Shop Chronicles which leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala and Lagos. The show is currently touring America having taken UK and Australian audiences by storm over the last couple of years. He’s won loads of awards, written numerous books and plays, gained plenty of 4 & 5-star reviews for his work and is currently working on a number of projects for TV and film. Find out more about him on his website.

    Previous Tottenham Artist Hangout images: Chris Stokes