Gentrification has caused London’s LGBT Soho to lose its diversity and sense of community.
Gone are the niche sex shops, forgotten are the small book stores and the independent businesses are facing being wiped away completely. Gentrification is white-washing the rich and diverse culture that Soho is so well known for. The vibrant colours of Soho, the metaphorical bubble for the LGBT community to feel safe holding hands down the street – it is being eradicated one building at a time.
We can narrow it down to two causes: the Crossrail project and a shift in social habits.
Tensions were high outside Parliament today as Brexit day came to a close with no signs of progress towards exiting the European Union.
Pro-Brexit protestors caused traffic to be diverted as over 3,000 people swamped the roads and nearby Parliament Square.
Protestors from the ‘Leave Means Leave’ campaign originally left Sunderland on March 16th, hoping to arrive with the intention to celebrate Brexit outside Parliament, but it became clear that this was not going to happen as they approached London. Ex-UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and around 100 followers originally set off on their 200-mile, 14-day journey to London chanting, “We’re marching for our freedom’, with followers growing in large numbers as they approached the capital.
The Spice Girls are set to officially reveal details for their reunion tour later on Monday.
The girl-group are set to reunite for their first tour in 10 years – this time without Victoria Beckham. Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and Emma Bunton will take part in the reunion tour, due to happen Summer 2019.
Bunton said on her Heart Radio breakfast show on Monday morning that the group will put details on their new social media account @SpiceGirls at 15:00 GMT.
Stratford had its East-End culture demolished and rebuilt, at the cost of its residents, past and future.
The London Olympics claimed that it would develop, rejuvenate and improve Stratford; providing better and affordable housing and a wealth of opportunities for leisure and employment. 10 years on from the initial developments on the sites that would become the Olympic Park and East Village it’s a poignant time to reflect upon the gentrification and cost of the culture lost to a now-popular tourist location.
The land that the Olympic Park and its associated Olympic Village was built on was mostly industrial land and uninhabitable, with the exception of Clays Lane housing estate. The area were once plagued with eyesores such as the “fridge mountain”, a monument of domestic appliance waste (the largest heap of fridges in Europe), now replaced with open green spaces and private accommodation. The accommodation in the developed area was once home to 17,000 athletes and staff, most of which now rented privately through GetLivingLondon with prices for a 1-bed apartment starting at £1,300 a month.
The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel during May 2019.
The decision was made by the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group after Israeli public broadcaster KAN were asked to present at least two potential candidate cities, with the final two candidates being Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
In addition to the location announcement, the dates for the 2019 contest have also been revealed. The Semi-Finals will take place on the Tuesday 14th and and Thursday 16th of May and the Grand Final taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019.
Every year Eurovision is a jamboree of musical genres from pop to heavy metal (I mean – Lordi, right?) with this years Eurovision looking to be no different we’ve rounded up our the strongest contenders to win this years competition.
France’s entry to this years Eurovision is the epitome of French culture, the relaxing melody of a song about the refugee crisis and self-identity spoken entirely in French. France automatically qualify for the final of Eurovision but are still one to watch!
Brexit changed the future of the United Kingdom in 2016 when the UK officially decided to leave the European Union, but who voted what? Political parties and local history play an important part of the statistics behind 31 years in the EU.
Opinions can change like the wind; with 31 years of history in the European Union – most voters have lived through the changes the EU brought to the UK – with benefits to certain areas and limitations imposed on others, over time the British public have had time to reflect. In 1975 the majority of the UK (67%) voted to join the European Community (now referred to as the EU) with hopes of prosperity and an overall better life but when comparing these voting areas to the outcome of the European Referendum it is clear to see what areas were left most unfulfilled – areas like Boston, East Lincoln and Stoke-on-Trent voting highest for Brexit.
PINK SPACE London is heading to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal to report on the competition, culture and conversation.
The Eurovision song Contest 2017 took place in Kiev, Ukraine with 42 participating counties. The competition was eventually won by Portugal, resulting in this years competition, the 63rd edition, being held in Lisbon.
Delving right into the heart of the Eurovision culture, PINK SPACE London will endeavour to bring you the gossip, the atmosphere and the latest news from the entirety of the competition (2 semi-finals and the final).
The official rundown for the Eurovision schedule is as follows:
Semi-final 1: Tuesday 8th May 2018 Semi-final 2: Thursday 10th May 2018 Jury vote Final: Friday 11th May 2018 (not broadcast) Grand Final: Saturday 12th May 2018