1st August 2010
Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN, UK
No, this isn’t a day trip to some obscure part of Wales or the South West: we are in fact in Hackney, on the River Lee & a javelin’s throw from the Olympic Park. It’s 2BC (that’s ‘Before Crate’) and amidst all the creative goings on around and about for what is only the third Hackney WickED open studios shindig, the (slightly) longer established Coracle Regatta is taking place.
More or less adjacent to what is now (or should I say ‘currently’ – fashions changes so rapidly in these parts) one of the main hubs of the Wick’s social world, the White Building, is the venerable and historic Eton Mission Rowing Club boathouse – The Gentle Author not only has lots of pics and a history of the place, he also attended the regatta soon afterwards.
Also, this is a film documenting the WickED event that year; this is how you’re supposed to paddle and use a coracle, this is just a tiny bit creepy and here’s some music from the lovely Emily Portman.
Oh, and back on dry land a few miles to the South, the annual Carnaval del Pueblo was preparing top get under way next to the pre-demolished Heygate Estate at Elephant, but we’ll be back for that another time…