The creators of a celebratory video installation, projected this weekend on the walls of the Waltham Forest town hall to celebrate its status as the first city of London culture, have laid flowers to commemorate the local teenage life killed Jaden Moodie and promised to increase the sense of community in the area.
"Many of the young people we talked to while doing this movie said they had nothing to look at," said Jessica Hudsley, project manager working with audiovisual artists Greenaway & Greenaway, who grew up in Walthamstow, in the heart of East district of London.
"It's the same story in many urban areas: knife crime does not happen in isolation, but it connects to what's happening in the larger community, our film reflects these issues, from house prices and gentrification to food banks It's very important to talk about these things together. "
The creative team faced an invitation to postpone the opening celebration after last week's murder of Jaden, 1
The 12-minute opening film, Into the Forest is partly documentary, partly art installation, and was produced in collaboration with award-winning musician Talvin Singh. It contains 1,000 video portraits of residents throughout the district, highlighting life in Chingford, Walthamstow markets, Leyton Orient Football Club and Baptist churches, mosques and Hindu temples in the district. During the weekend, a winter carnival occupied one of the main streets of the district, while a light and sound show was installed in nearby Lloyd Park.
The title Borough of Culture is an initiative launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Waltham Forest's winning bid, which won the £ 1 million starting neighborhood from the town hall, aims to involve 85% of families in cultural activities and attract more than half a million new visitors to the city. 39; area.
But on Friday the former metropolitan police superintendent Leroy Logan questioned the timing and the amount spent on the event.
"It's such a contrast to what some families are experiencing," Logan said. "I have no problem organizing events like this to try to improve the quality of life of people in these communities, but it's a matter of priority and timing and what signal it sends to the family of Jaden."
A spokesman for the mayor defended the investment in the Borough of Culture event and added that the unit for the reduction of capital violence recently received 6.8 million pounds more  Clare Coghill, leader of the Waltham Forest board, also defended the opening event, which he believes will lead the communities together.
"Culture is not an optional addition, an afterthought, or something that is beautiful to have.In contrast, investing in culture is essential to ensure everyone a great quality of life and give our young people something to inspire them. "he said.
"Unfortunately, Waltham Forest is no different from the other London neighborhoods and metropolitan areas of the UK in having a problem with youth violence.This is a social problem that is not limited to an area. "