Tube equivalent of Platform 9¾ – anywhere on Underground

I’m teaming up with a group of creative mavericks who inspire people to create the equivalent of Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾ anywhere on the London Underground’s with the launch of ‘Tube Kultura’.

It brings together for the first time all the people across the UK who do weird or wonderful creative activities using the London Underground – from artists, to Tube racers, to Tube staff heroes.

Harry Potter may have his very own Platform 9¾ to take him to faraway places, but we show that anywhere on the London Underground can be your starting point for your very own flights of imagination, insight or inspiration.

There are some great people doing weird and wonderful things connected with the London Underground to make you laugh or be inspired. They demonstrate how most of us have our own quirky take or story about our daily journeys.

‘Tube Kultura’ provides a platform for maverick creatives to share their trails and tribulations to inspire, enthral or challenge conventional thinking. It adds a fourth dimension to the iconic London Underground map, what organizers call the equivalent of a Zone 0 and 10, of cultural life drawing inspiration from and thriving on the network. 

The initiative is organizing its first ‘Tube Kultura’ event at 7.30pm-9.30pm Wednesday January 15th 2014 at Toynbee Studios, Aldgate, London. It  features seven great speakers from all over the UK, including Barry Island, Blackpool, Leicester, and Swindon all doing inspirational things connected with the Tube – sharing their stories, each in just seven minutes.

‘Tube Kultura’ marks an alternative celebration of the next 150 years of the London Underground, a celebration of the Tube’s very own Zone 0 and 10 – all beyond the existing network, creating another dimension to the Underground system. ‘Tube Kultura’ aims to run a regular series of events, a web site forum, and crowd-sourced art publications.

The speakers at the first event are:
• Shaun Buswell from Swindon who created an orchestra from strangers who met on the Underground
• Adham Fisher from Leicester who does the Tube Challenge around the world
• Andy Green from Barry Island, near Cardiff who teaches creativity using the Tube as his creative classroom
• Ben Langham from London who makes music using sounds from the Underground
• Gabrielle McDonald from London a poet who works on the Underground
• Geoff Marshall from London who holds the world record for the Tube Challenge
• David Nevin from London an artist who works on the Underground
• James Wannerton from Blackpool who created a Tube map based on taste.
Plus live music from some of the best buskers on the Underground and a free prize draw of a creative thinking training tour of the London Underground courtesy of Tubespiration!.

Tickets are just £5, with booking advisable. More details at

The event is organised by Tubespiration! and the Flexible Thinking Forum, a not-for-profit social enterprise, with the help of Toynbee Hall which has been at the heart of the London community since 1884.

‘Brand Kultura’ is defined as artistic, sociopolitical, pedagogical, literary – or any cultural activity around a brand generated by the Brand’s community which is often maverick, alternative or fun: hence ‘Tube Kultura’.

This is not an official Transport for London event.

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