The second TINAG Festival took place on Hanbury Street, East London between 23-25 October 2009. The festival included over 60 events, spread across 2 venues (Hanbury Hall and the Kobi Nazrul Centre). 140 people contributed to the festival and 1200 festival-goers attended across the 3 days.

Download print programme here

 ** The schedule below includes all the additions & changes.



Euphemia P NiblockBlue Stocking Salon: Regeneration & The Public Realm

An informal tea and conversation on the theme of contemporary urban renewal and its aftermath. Introduction to walks and research into the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park and Manchester.

Sunday 25 / Hanbury Hall 15:30-17:00



These sessions provide the opportunity for emerging urbanists to have an intimate (small group) conversation with an eminent urbanist. Come ready with questions for someone who has valuable hindsight, experience and knowledge to share. Also be prepared for them to explore some of their latest questions with you. 

Michael Edwards Optimism, Pessimism And The Crisis

Saturday 24 / Rehearsal Room 16:00-17:30


Irit Rogoff

Sunday 25 / Rehearsal Room 15:30-16:30




Barbara Wallace How Women Are Designing Cities

The Women’s Design Service will lead a discussion investigating gender and city planning. Do women have specific urban design needs that differ from those of men? The discussion will trace the main ideas and people underpinning planning, urban design and architectural theory and question if the needs, desires and ambitions of different women are understood in how our cities are considered and subsequently designed. Speakers include Georgia Wrighton (Women's Design Service).

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 14:00-15:00


This Is Not A Gateway SALON, Abbas Nokhasteh (Chair) In The Heart Of The City: Faith, Buildings & People*

What are the challenges facing faith buildings and their central role in the spiritual and civic life of cities? Is there a connection between the way places of worship are designed and the urban areas and populations that surround them? Speakers: Hajj Abdulhasib Castiñeira (Director Granada Mosque), Adbullateef Whiteman (Calligrapher), Liz Hingly (Artist), Zarah Hussain (Artist), Richard Gale (Academic), Shynal Khan (Associate Executive Director East London Mosque), Reverend Rosy Fairhurst (St Martin-in-the-Fields).

Friday 23 / East London Mosque 18:00-20:00 

* 17:15 // tour East London Mosque (E1 1JX)


Tomorrow's Thoughts Today Productive Dystopias, Or... An Architecture Of Unintended Consequences

Can we conceive of an alternative practice where current power structures of patronage and regulation are channeled, subverted or engaged in new ways? And how might dystopian visions paradoxically offer a productive way of approaching the urban question? Panelists: Tomas Klassnik (Klassnik Corporation), Elena Pascolo (Urban Projects Bureau), Austin Williams (Future Cities Project), Finn Williams (Common Office), Karl Sharro (ManTowNHuman) Alex Warnock-Smith (Urban Projects Bureau, AA) and Amin Taha

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 20:00-21:30

Fugitive Images Should Socially Engaged Artistic Practices Generate Social Cohesion? *

A discussion about the emergence of socially and politically engaged artistic practices. A close look at their motivations, aims and methodologies as well as potential problems. Panelists include, Marsha Bradfield (Artist, Educator and Curator), Dave Beech (Free Art Collective) and Mark Davy (Director of future\city)
chaired by Bill McAlister (Director of ICA 1970-1990)

Saturday 24 / Rehearsal Room 12:30-13:30  

* 11:00 // tour I Am Here Meeting point: Suleymaniye Mosque (E2 8AX)


Archinef, Images-A-Mots, Project Trace Monumental Architectural Complexes: Post-Socialist Bulgaria

Memorial sites are of increasing interest due to their privileged location (i.e. town centres) or to their significant scale. An exploration into the new actors and values, swaying between an obsession with memory and amnesia, between destruction and frantic rebuilding. What is the potential for these sites to serve the public realm?

Saturday 24 / Hanbury Hall 13:30-15:30


This Is Not A Gateway: DIY Urbanism / Influencing The City: Legalities Of Space

Do cultural and political movements only produce change when they are translated into law? Is law not an arena urbanists should know significantly more about and participate within? What research are lawyers undertaking within the urban field? The discussion explores a spectrum of examples that highlight how law has been employed to propel urban change and the ways urbanists can take better advantage of the opportunities it provides. Speakers include Bill Parry-Davies (Lawyer) and Elizabeth Fonseca (Environmental Quality Manager)

Saturday 24 / Rehearsal Room 14:00-15:00


Annette Mees, Mel Cook: City As Stage: Art, Narrative & Play

A cross-disciplinary panel on how art, narrative, and play changes the interaction between people and their cities. How do recent advances in art practice and technology change the way we tell stories in the urban landscape? Speakers include Dan Hon (Media technologist) and Lottie Child (Artist).

Sunday 25 / Small Hall 13:30-14:30


European Alternatives The City And The Transnational Commons

The event introduces crucial themes from the project Polis 21, a series of transnational interventions and discussions run by European Alternatives over the month of November in Athens, Zagreb and Belgrade. The themes touched by the salon will be: the way multiple political and cultural factors determine forms of urban exclusions and externality; the potentials for artistic intervention in public spaces regarding forms of exclusions; the potentials for a transnational ‘commons’ and its relations to the urban. Speakers include Jilly Traganou (New School of Architecture Parsons the New School of Design, NY), Maria Theodorou (Director School of ARCHitecture for All, Athens) and Segolene Pruvot (European Alternatives). With an introduction by Lorenzo Marsili, chaired by Niccolo Milanese

Sunday 25/ Main Hall 14:30-15:30

This Is Not A Gateway: DIY Urbanism / Influencing The City: A To Z Of Getting Published

Published literature remains the cornerstone of cultural power and influence. Beyond the web, how do you take your idea or raw research from a concept and get it published and circulating? Young publishers present their own experiences and provide helpful insight into the publishing industry. Speakers include Simon Worthington (Metamute); Anna Minton (Ground Control); Stevphen Shukaitis (Minor Compositions imprint series), Paul Willoughby and Danny Miller (Little White Lies).

Sunday 25 / Main Room 12:00-13:00  


This Is Not A Gateway: DIY Urbanism / Influencing The City: Establishing Your Practice

Want to extend your role and capacity in shaping cities? Top tips on starting up your own organisation or company from fellow practitioners who work in different urban based professions. Speakers include Vanessa Swann (CEO Cockpit Arts), Cany Ash (Ash Sakula Architects), Momtaz Begum (Leaders In Community), Ellen O'Hara (Business Development Manager, Cockpit Arts)

Sunday 25 / Rehearsal Room 18:30-19:30  



Hanbury Street

Joy Gregory Sites of Africa

An ongoing photographic study of locations in London that have historical connections to Africa.  6 of the current 20 images will be shown along the Old Truman Brewery wall.

Liz Hingley Under Gods

On the Soho Rd in Birmingham, religion is the defining factor. There are over 30 different religious denominations located along this street. A selection of images taken over two year period whilst living amongst the different sites of worship will be shown along Hanbury Street.


Constantin Demner WALK

Intervention in public space in East London, UK, using the language of street art to bring local history to life in the imagination of passers-by. 

Hanbury Street Projections

Victoria Bean Atlas I and Atlas II; Last Meal Request

The film features the mercurial nature of language and meaning - a text piece has it's message altered using permanent and impermanent inks and the corrosive power of the elements. 

Jean-Marc Caracci Homo Urbanus Europeanus

Jean-Marc Caracci has travelled across Europe capitals -  taking photographs of the people who live in in them and their architecture.


Hanbury Hall           

Anthony Luvera Gypsy, Pickwick And Ruben From Photographs And Assisted Self-Portraits 

A presentation of works from the archive ‘Photographs and Assisted Self-Portraits, London, 2002-2008’, made by selected contributors who focused on representing aspects of their experience of being homeless in the city of London.


Sonalle Ethnic Minorities Coming Out

Portraits of ethnic minority lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals who are at different stages of the ‘coming out’ process.


Isidora Ilic Youtopia

A video that explores the theme of leaving and searching for a utopian place.  Questioning artificially built towns and constructed countries such as Milton Keynes and Yugoslavia.


Rachael Davidson, Moira Lascelles One Line Only: Mapping Memories

In almost every way, Spitalfields is unrecognisable now in comparison to 15 years ago. What traces from the past remain present? What should not be forgotten or misunderstood? What are your experiences of Spitalfields? What new layers of history are being created? Be part of writing the (contemporary) history of Spitalfields.


Aoife Flynn The City & Surburbia

2 paintings based on the city and suburbia: Build God, then we’ll talk and Houses.


Ben Elwes It’s Nice To Know That Some Things In Life Are Certain

A reflection upon advertising methods within urban environments, their increasing scale, sophistication of psychological strategies, and technologies employed in urban spaces, to target consumers.


Annie Besant Gallery

Nikola Mihov Forget Your Past - Communist Era Monuments in Bulgaria

A photographic study of 16 of the most important and largest Bulgarian monuments built between 1948 and 1989.


Eleanor Marx Gallery

Esther Johnson Tune In

A 16mm screening of a short film about amateur radio operators, manned by Barking Radio and Electronics Society (BRES) and Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society (LEFARS). Exhibition includes series of photographs and QSL cards. 


Match Stick Gallery

LEMEH42 Possible Cities

Exhibition and animation showing imagined cities, each corresponding to a letter in the alphabet. An exploration into the reasons that have taken people to live in cities.



Tapio Snellman, Christian Grou: Shades Of Grey

Drawing on a melancholic nostalgia towards the socialist period experienced by eastern Europeans, the film Shades of Grey investigates the pre-cast concrete housing estates of Romania, Ukraine and Russia. 

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 17:30-18:00


Roberto Santaguida: Miraslava

A young man, his life in tatters, seeks redemption by fleeing the city.

Saturday 24 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-17:30

Sunday 25 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-18:30


Minou Norouzi Limb From Limb

This film documents the uprooting of a mature palm tree and its transportation on a flatbed truck down a Los Angeles highway. The population of palm trees identifies the cityscape, yet the palm is an ‘immigrant’ to the city.

Saturday 24 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-17:30

Sunday 25 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-18:30


Rayna Nadeem, Stuart Shahid Bamforth (Dekko Productions): A13 Road Movie

A13 Road Movie is a documentary that uncovers some of the complexities along the road that connects the city to the infamous Thames Gateway. Billy Bragg, Tory MP David Amess, Pakistani restaurateurs, vicars, Ford union reps, Tilbury dock-workers, West Indian allotment-holders, and lay-by burger van proprietors, provide testimony to the history, the myths and the folklore of this much-travelled route from the East End to the Essex coast.  

Saturday 24 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-17:30

Sunday 25 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-18:30


Verica Kovacevska Colour Caller

Video documentation of a live new media performance, which linked the two twin cities Bradford (UK) and Skopje (MK). 

Saturday 24 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-17:30

Sunday 25 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-18:30


Ahmet Tas: Apple & EI

A study of the melody of one fruit & vegetable market in Berlin. The first in series of films about European food markets, it reveals the link between colonial histories and markets today.


Saturday 24 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-17:30

Sunday 25 / Library 11:30-12:30, 16:30-18:30


Jerusalem Moments

Seven young directors, Palestinians and Israelis, present short documentary films that reflect the complexity of life in Jerusalem in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The directors offer unique personal and political perspectives regarding life in Jerusalem-between east and west. 

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 / Library 13:00-14:00 


Winston Whitter: Rollin’ Through The Decades

A documentary that chronicles the history of UK skateboarding and reveals a true picture of its influences on our time. After the first boom  of the 70’s, skateboarding has been ignored by society, leaving it to small groups of passionate diehards…

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 / Library 14:30-15:30


Jason Waite, Fiona Whitty  Redux – The International Guerrilla Video Festival Dublin 2009

A selection of short films from the recent mobile film festival in Dublin. The festival transforms public space into a fertile ground for experimentation with projection of site-specific videos directly onto building facades, monuments and temporary structures. Followed by a discussion about the festival from its initiators

Saturday 24 Hanbury Hall 21:00-22:30




The Pursuit of Happiness

A curatorial project initiated by Polish artists and promoters Tekla Wozniak and Zbigniew Kotkiewicz. Working with 35 artists the project explores notions of ‘happiness’, drawing out political, sociological, psychological and personal responses. The launch will include work by Merve Kaptan, María Kjartansdottir, Alicja Rogalska, Justyna Scheuring, Erica Scourti, Matthew Verdon, Siobhan Wanklyn and Fani Zguro. 

Saturday 24 / Small Hall 16:00-18:30 


Ben Campkin, Mariana Mogilevich, Rebecca Ross: Picturing Place

An inter-disciplinary workshop launching an image blog/database as part of a research and exhibition project, Picturing Place, critically exploring the role of images and image-production in processes of urban change. Louis Moreno (researcher, CABE/UCL Urban Laboratory), David Bownes (curator, London Transport Museum), Hilary Powell (artist, Optimistic Productions), Mike Seaborne (curator/photographer, Museum of London).

Saturday 24 / Main Hall16:00-17:30 


Ana Povas: PORTO 2.0 – City Change

Presentation of a new paradigm of urban festival, tailored as a culturally led regeneration tool of the historical centre of Porto. What do we want from contemporary cities and how can cultural initiatives construct paths towards that city? Speakers include Ana Povas and Ana Pedrosa 

Sunday 25 / Rehearsal Room 13:30-14:30 


Gavin Grindon, Anna Feigenbaum: Creative Resistance Research Network

Discussion and screening to launch the CRRN; a collective research project investigating street praxis, dissolving artists, improvisational militancy, politics of invisibility and space reclamation. CRRN facilitates a conversation about the potential of the street as a site for radical politics.

Sunday 25 / Main Hall 17:00-18:00


Stevphen Shukaitis, Josh MacPhee: Reclaim The Imagination! Aesthetic Politics In Social Movement

Celebrate the release of two books that explore the relation of radical aesthetics and politics: Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today by Josh Macphee (PM Press) and Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life by Stevphen Shukaitis (Autonomedia). Authors will present their books while engaging in a conversation about art and politics with Anja Kanngieser. 

Sunday 25 / Main Hall18:30-19:30 




The Mobile Institute (Bram Arnold, Penny Skerrett, Eleanor Wynne Davis)

Park Bench Reader: A London History

Following a public reading, join volunteers and the members of The Mobile Institute for a performance that blurs numerous writings on London. A creative, cooperative enquiry into the literature's of London, underscored by the Institutes passion for unexpected insight. 

Saturday 24 / Hanbury Hall 16:30-17:00


Kobi Nazrul Centre: Celebrating 'The Rebel Poet' & The Buildings 27 Year Anniversary

Join in the celebrating the life and work of Kazi Nazrul Islam, 'The Rebel Poet,  and the 27th anniversary of the Kobi Nazrul Centre. An evening of Bengali music (classical and folk) and performances. Open to all.

Saturday 24 / Main Hall 19:00-21:30 


David Knight Birth Of Autonomous London

An immersive, fictional presentation covering the Birth of Autonomous London: the taking of the waterways, permitted development traveller cities, sewage line thoroughfares, radicalised ‘development corporations’.

Sunday 25 / Hanbury Hall13:30-14:30 


Hilary Powell, Dan Edelstyn Optimistic Immigrants

An evening of films, music and discussions that explore the complexity and joys of migration and then settlement in new cities. Special focus on films by emerging Eastern European filmmakers.

Sunday 25 / Hanbury Hall19:30-21:30





Denitza Toteva: Integration Through Gardening: Perspectives From Berlin

Can intercultural gardens play a role in urban integration? Exploring community gardens in Berlin and London. The discussion also examines the conceptual framework of integration in different political contexts. Speakers include Nina Pope (Artist) and Alexander
Vatchev (Gardener).

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 11:00- 12:00


Davorka Begović, Karla Pudar: Socio-urban Development Of The Zagreb Student Centre

The Zagreb Student Centre has survived political, social and programme turbulences – remaining a pivotal place throughout  & contributing to critical turning points in Croatian culture. The presentation will detail the process of cultural and urban transformation, with a focus on The Culture of Change, which has, over the last six years, realised a dynamic culture program.

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 12:30-13:30


Partha Banerjea: Intimacy Of Murder/Place/Space & Multiple Narratives

Stemming from work undertaken at the U.N in Kosovo and Bosnia, and
 then expanding into a number of conflict areas, this talk will
 explore the tentative multi narrative connections of how intimacy/murder and ultimately place intertwine to behaviorally define a moment n our lives.  

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 16:00-17:00


Joanna Erbel For Whom Do Post-Socialist Cities Change? Polish Cities After 1989

There is no doubt the built environment within post-socialist cities is undergoing rapid change. This talk will question whether the urban transformations serve all residents in the same way. And if not, who benefits and why? 

Saturday 24 / Small Hall 12:30-13:30  


Jonathan Rock: Towards Resolving The Planning Disparity In Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, a spectrum of urban planning methods has been used to achieve Israeli national political goals, bolstering the Israeli population and control of land in the city - limiting the urban development and control of land by the Palestinian community. How can the planning system be reoriented to serve the needs and interests of the Palestinian, Christian and the Israeli communities in the city? Chaired by Adam Kassa (Urban Age).

Saturday 24 / Main Hall 12:30-13:30 

Olivia Tusinski, Sommer Spiers: Urban Regeneration: Views From Above & Below

Case studies in urban regeneration, taken from neighbourhoods in Istanbul and London, will be examined against a backdrop of prevailing trends of privatisation of urban land, entrepreneurial governance, and political aspirations to retain/attain ‘global city’ status.

Saturday 24 / Main Hall 14:00-15:00


Cristobal Bianchi: Bombing Of Poems Over Warsaw

Presentation by CasaGrande - a Chilean art collective that has developed a series of publishing projects and art actions related to poetry and interventions into public spaces. Reflections from the recent project in Warsaw.

Saturday 24 / Hanbury Hall18:00-19:00 


Shona Scales, Katie Knowles: The Temporary City

Impermanent architecture increasingly houses and facilitates short-term events (i.e. in the context of festivals). The discussion explores the creation of a temporary city and the impacts ephemeral architecture can have on the built environment – examples include the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. What place does temporality have in the future?

Sunday 25 / Small Hall12:00-13:00


Klara Jaya Brekke: Reflections: Undoing the City Festival, Copenhagen

A presentation about the role of festivals in urban contexts and how they relate to politics from a grassroots perspective. Focussing on the Undoing the City Festival in Copenhagen 2009 as a starting point.

Sunday 25 / Small Hall 16:30-17:30



One of London’s important soapbox sites was situated on the corner of Brick Lane and Old Montague Street. It used by Jewish communists to combat fascism in the 1930’s. ‘Oh, That’s Interesting!’ is a 21st Century re-interpretation of the soapbox tradition. Join 25 emerging urbanists as they reveal their questions, provocations and research. Programmed by Ben Campkin (Urban Laboratory, UCL).

Thursday 22 / Hanbury Hall 19:00

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 18:30-19:30

Saturday 24 / Hanbury Hall 11:00-12:00

Sunday 25 / Hanbury Hall 11:00-12:00



The Mobile Institute: Park Bench Reader: A London History

The literary capital? The capital of literature? Has any city been written about more then London? Bring a book from any discipline: psychology, art, engineering, history. Find a bench and read to your neighbour the pages where London life is revealed.

Saturday 24 / Lamb Street 14:00-15:00 




Neil Grayshon: Development Trust Bus Tour

Guided bus tour of three leading edge development trusts – demonstrating how communities are purchasing and using buildings to propel change.

Friday 23 / Hanbury Hall 11:00-15:00


East London Mosque

A guided tour of the largest purpose built mosque in Europe. Preceding discussion In The Heart Of The City: Faith, Buildings & People 18:00

Friday 23 / East London Mosque 17:15 

46-92 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX Algate East or Whitechaple Tube.  


Fugitive ImagesI Am Here

Site visit to public art project I Am Here installed on Haggserton estate by Fugitive Images. Preceding discussion Should socially engaged artistic practices generate social cohesion 12:30.

Saturday 24 / Suleymaniye Mosque 11:00

212-216 Kingsland Road, E2 8AX .

Last stop before Regents canal if coming form Liverpool street.

Bus 149, 242, 67, 243.


David RosenbergThe Radical Jewish East End

This tour brings to life the people and places from the period of the 1870s through to the First World War and 1930's when the East End was transformed by a mass immigration of pauperised Jews from Eastern Europe. Making links with the experience of Huguenots, Irish and Bangladeshi immigrants to the East End, this walks highlights the individuals and movements that undertook to change their personal circumstances and the wider world.

Sunday 25

/ Hanbury Hall

9:30 - 11:00