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John Macedo: Elmington Stories

Three children interview an adult sat outside

John Macedo, Elmington Stories, 2019. Photo: Samantha Lippett

Running from September 2019 to March 2020, Elmington Stories aimed to connect different generations in the area: adults were invited to be interviewed by the children and share memories of their own childhoods on the estate and offer advice to future generations.

The project culminated in a live show as part of Bank Holiday Broadcast.

The stories shared were inspired by prompt cards designed by the children and were featured as part of the broadcastas well as a live performance in which the sonic possibilities of the playground were explored using beaters, sticks and contact mics. 

The broadcast concludes with a visit from the local ice-cream truck; a regular feature at the workshops on the Elmington Estate. 

Listen to the broadcast below, or click here to visit the Bank Holiday Broadcast page to listen to more from the full day of programming.


John Macedo is a sound artist from London. He has a pluralistic approach which explores and reveals the hidden potential in all sounds, environments and technologies, often in intimate, immersive and intuitive ways. His output includes recorded works, live performances, film and sound installations.

Open Plan is supported by the Freelands Foundation with additional funds from Southwark Council’s Youth & Play Grant Programme, the National Lottery Community Fund and other donors

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