The East Archive is an online archive of stories and songs from people living in East London or linked to the area through work, family or history. Created through the East storytelling group, its contributors range from established arts professionals to people who’ve never told a story publically before, and brings together a great range of cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences.

The project, including this archive, is a collaboration between two Tower Hamlets-based organisations: Daedalus Theatre Company, an artist development collective specialising in socially-engaged performance, and Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK), a community arts group with a focus on Bangla literature. Creation of the archive was led by Sef Townsend and Paul Burgess, supported by Shamim Aad and Farah Naz.

The East Archive and associated events are funded by Arts Council England, with support from Apples and Snakes, Rich Mix and Tower Hamlets Arts and Events. These organisations have supported East from the start, but the help of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Queen Mary University of London and A Season of Bangla Drama in getting the project off the ground must also be acknowledged.

The archive is open to everyone linked to East London – please get in touch if you have a story or a song to add. We’d love to hear from you!

You can read a bit more about the project in this post written by Paul Burgess for the Apples and Snakes Blog.

Contributors so far: Andy Bannister, Bithi Sultana, Cathy Daniels, Dan Cox, David Solomon, Farah Naz, John Heyderman, Kanatip “LG” Soonthornrak, Mozibul Hoque Moni, Paul Burgess, Pernilla Iggstrom, Ruby Hoque, Sef Townsend, Shamim Azad and Ziaur Rahman Saklen.


Photo: Some of East sharing food during a recording session for the archive.

East is led by storytellers Sef Townsend and Shamim Azad, and theatre-maker/musician Paul Burgess. It is project managed by Paul Burgess for Daedalus Theatre Company, supported by Farah Naz of BSK.

We also run workshops and interactive performances. Find out more here.

Daedalus Theatre Company – Registered address: 106 Wilmot Street, London E2 0BT Company No: 07313013 Charity No: 1161754 Website: http://www.daedalustheatre.co.uk

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