Never too late to Create

Ladles taking part in Create Lates event

More than 300 residents took part in an innovative and fun series of free evening and night-time cultural activities in April.

The ‘Create Lates’ project, commissioned by Ealing Council, saw a range of events, from art workshops to martial arts classes, available across Ealing Broadway, Southall and North Acton.

The evening events were helping to trial new evening and night-time activities and inform the council’s new evening and night-time economy strategy.

In North Acton, residents tried their hand at woodworking at POW Studios. At Klatch Studio, an introduction to cinematography, with talks and demos on using film kit, were part of the free programme of events. Gorst Studios hosted ceramic workshops, run by Blanc Ceramics.

In Southall, residents took part in muay thai classes, traditional sari wrapping demonstrations, Indian block printings and bhangra dance classes at Parkside Yards, a new cultural venue opened as part of the Southall green quarter development.

In Ealing Broadway, OPEN Ealing hosted salsa and pole dancing classes, African drumming demonstrations, and a shibori tie-dye workshop.

Dan McGeady, curator of Create Lates, said: “It was an amazing experience to engage with local artists and practitioners, empowering them to orchestrate captivating evening events within their communities. Witnessing people forge new friendships, discover local creative enterprises, and acquire new skills and sports with a positive impact was my highlight of the project.”

The feedback from participants will contribute towards the development of Ealing’s Night Time Economy Strategy, which will be presented to cabinet in June 2024.

Photography by Khris Cowley and Eddy Hubble


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