Hackney Stream started in 2011 as a weekly social inclusion event with live-stream Internet radio. Our first venue was the Lawns computer centre, then for a while we were hosted by Hackney Picturehouse. For three years, we were at Open School East (De Beauvoir Estate) , continuing our experiments with creative use of digital technology — but the radio project was subsumed into Parallel Radio. From January to June 2017, we enjoyed a short residency at Whitmore Community Centre.
We have now dropped the idea of maintaining a physical base — we don’t need it because we are focussing mainly on community podcasting using portable equipment.
Parallel Radio lives on as Open East Radio — which we support, but we are not part of it.
The idea for the radio project was based on 6 years solid experience at the old Lawns computer centre, developing ways in which older people might become active participants in local digital culture, rather than passive consumers — which was then, as now, the default condition only because alternatives were rarely acknowledged by funders.
There will be much more in this space very soon …
This page was updated: 2 November 2017