Origins East explore rave culture with an exhibition celebrating self-expression through photography

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Origins East
7th July to 22nd August
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
London N1

Celebrating the importance of nightlife and self-expression in the wake of relentless club closures, Origins East harks back to the defining days of rave culture, acid jazz, and bhangra.

Origins East celebrates the influential role of late 80s British rave culture and its evolution into 90s nightlife and its part in the awakening and regeneration of Shoreditch and Hoxton Square, an area once described as a ‘derelict urban wasteland’, Exhibited at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, this photography exhibition delves into the unique energy that forged a creative pilgrimage east.

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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has seen its fair share of music history since opening its doors in 2001 and significantly, is also next to the site that once held the pivotal ‘Blue Note’ club – a venue defined by relationships with seminal label figureheads like James Lavelle, Goldie and Gilles Peterson throughout the 90’s.

Showcasing an arsenal of prolific youth culture photographers from YOUTH CLUB Archive Dave Swindells, Gavin Watson, Adam Friedman and Teddy Fitzhugh, Origins East is just as much a celebration of free expression as it is a call-to-action for future partygoers.

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As well as the exhibition, a panel discussion will also take place on Tuesday 12th July (7pm – 8pm) with all the photographers discussing their work in the context of East London nightlife and the energy driving their work at that time. The discussion will be introduced and led by the respected cultural commentator, writer, DJ and all round music aficionado Bill Brewster.

This event will be free with signup via Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Profits from the sale of exhibition prints will be going to Night Time Industries Association and Museum of Youth Culture.