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Massively depressing email circular from HTH Arts Centre

I'll be damned if I'm accepting what we have now as the new normal.

And I don't think that the list of diverse communities connected by HTH would stretch very far, it might have two entries, the white middle class and Oswald Mosley.

And 'its' as a possessive does not have an apostrophe.

Let's hope this is not what the future holds.

And 'positivity' is a nasty neologism coming into popularity around the time of the 1957 H2N2 Asian flu pandemic.  

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The events of the past month have changed the way we live and work and are having a far reaching impact on all of our lives. However, amidst the uncertainty and worry our communities have been pulling together and adapting to the new reality. We’ve seen local shops and restaurants offering delivery services, fitness classes and creative workshops moving online and colourful rainbows spreading messages of positivity springing up in windows across our neighbourhoods. As we continue to adapt our lifestyles and adjust to the new normal, we step into spring with a reinforced collective spirit of community.
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The architects working on Hornsey Town Hall have been supporting NHS workers by creating headbands for much needed personal protective equipment face shields. The model shop team at Make Architects are using 3D printers to print 100 bands per day from home as part of #thebigprint.
This initiative by 3D Crowd UK is a fantastic example of organisations adapting to the challenges of this crisis. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can get involved and you can find out more about the initiative here.
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As we acknowledged World Heritage Day on Saturday 18th April we reflect on this year’s theme of ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’ and the global context of heritage as part of our cultural identity.
The theme recognises that heritage – whether places, landscapes, practices, or collections – are frequently connected with and valued by multiple and diverse groups and communities.
Hornsey Town Hall is a perfect example of a building that has played a huge part in connecting the diverse communities of the area from its beginnings as a civic building through to its use as a concert and performance venue in the late 60s and it’s future as an Arts Centre.
The way the community cares about Hornsey Town Hall is a testament to the shared culture and heritage of the building in the local area and its power to connect people through arts, culture and community.
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Arts and entertainment venues have been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus crisis with the wide-scale closure of theatres, arts venues and the cancellation of festivals, events and concerts.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom, the creative industries are resilient and adaptable and will bounce back in time, but when the lockdown is lifted, they will be in desperate need of your support. Here are a few ways you can support the industry to ensure our beloved venues and the artists who make them come to life can continue to bring us wonderful experiences in the future.

  • Buy gift vouchers for your favourite venues if they offer them. This will ensure that they continue to have some form of income and also gives you something to look forward to!

  • Seek out virtual shows - many venues and performers are streaming past shows or new material via online platforms so you can enjoy fantastic performances from your home. Many of these have the option to tip the artist to support them during this difficult time.

  • If you are able, consider donating the cost of previously bought tickets for cancelled shows or accepting a gift voucher rather than requesting a refund. This will help theatres and venues survive in the short term. 
  • When the lockdown restrictions are relaxed - book a show! Many arts organisations will be struggling and a great way to help them get back on their feet is to invest in their performances - and you get a great experience out of it too!

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For many working in the creative industries it's been a challenging and uncertain time. 1 in 5 Londoners work in the creative sector, and more than 50% of the creative sector in London is self-employed. Small businesses and freelancers are currently struggling and often don't meet the criteria of the current government support.

Haringey council have put together a comprehensive list of useful resources including available grants and funds for creative freelancers and small businesses here
They've also compiled a survey to gain an understanding of the issues people working in the creative sector are facing. Make your voice heard here.

The current situation is undoubtedly having a huge impact on all our lives. If you need support or advice there is a useful bank of resources here and you can donate to the Haringey COVID-19 appeal here which will help support valuable community initiatives and some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.


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Discover more about the residential development at the rear of Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre with a virtual tour from your living room!

You can request a detailed virtual tour of the Hornsey Town Hall development from Patrizia in the FEC and Savills' sales team who will be on hand over the coming weeks to answer any questions you have. 

For more information please email the team at info@hornseytownhall.co.uk or call 07972 000253.

Stay home, stay safe and see you on the other side!

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