In the publicity spin for their film festival, Capco hubristically claimed that “As the owner and steward of two of London’s best addresses – Earl’s Court and Covent Garden – Capco recognises that creativity is a key ingredient to the development of a place’s culture and enduring local identity."
Our aim is to help bring people together and communities to life through a committed investment in creativity and the arts, and Capco’s support of the Earl’s Court Film Festival underlines this commitment in Earl’s Court.”
Capco’s “stewardship” and “ownership” of the Earl’s Court area will come as news to local residents who for decades have together made Earl’s Court a globally recognised area of London, a close-knit community that has no need of being appropriated and branded by a developer of luxury apartments that are beyond the reach of most Londoners.
Genuine creativity has no need of corporate sponsorship and Earl’s Court artistic and cultural communities do not need to take self-serving Capco’s handout of convenience to come “to life.”
To this end, ECAAG provided an alternative Capco-free free event.
Long synonymous with the arts and the LGBTQIA community, the rebellious maverick spirit that first put Earl’s Court on the map, is still very much alive and kicking in Earl’s Court and refuses to be snuffed out by Capco’s cynical corporate Masterplan.
City of London guide Clive Bettington led a two hour walk on the literary, dramatic and film history of Earl's Court which included Patrick Hamilton, Dame Ellen Terry, Hattie Jacques, Michael Morpurgo, First World War poets and more!
We were delighted to have artist and Earl’s Court resident Duggie Fields join us on our walk.
We then adjourned to The Pembroke pub in Old Brompton Road for spooky readings inspired by the walk, original poetry and a short campaign film.