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Up Your Street  Issue 35

Wed 14th Oct free  noon Up Your Street Community Group off to Fabric of India at V&A
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Thurs 15th Oct free  noon onwards.Curator’s Tour at the Mill E17 (Just saw it on Twitter) That’s with Nat.
Fri  16th Oct free 11-1pm Camden Art Centre  workshop for seniors. Book at the venue beforehand.
                      free 2-4pm Rosetta Art Centre Up Your Street students off to Whitechapel Art Gallery
                      free  2-5pm Mental Spaghetti plaster sculpture workshop in Kentish Town . Book at Eventbrite
                      free  3.30-5pm Claremont Up Your Street members afternoon with The Craft Council
                                                 at Claremont in White Lion Street, Angel.
Sat 17th Oct free 3-5pm The Mill E17  Raffle
                         .   7pm. Our Jan of Spitalfields treads the boards with Theatre Royal Stratford east 
Mon 19th Oct free Hussain’s dance rehearsals begin for A Season Of Bangla Drama in November.
Thurs 22nd Oct free 6-8.30pm , Come one and all. Meet The Artists.Launch of “Transform” exhibition at The Mill E17
                         (Exhibition runs until Dec). Always a great evening with Mo hosting and feeding us.
The Mallinson Restaurant at Waltham Forest Collage Is offering a Caribbean menu to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month. It’s all prepared and served by students.
Fabulous venue.

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                                        Autumn Upon Us

Fri 1st Nov free 4-9pm Light Nights (Sat and Sunday too) The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

                “As the nights start to draw in earlier, come along to explore the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in all its illuminated glory. A stunning celebration of light, based on the theme of Diwali, with soundscapes and light installations, as well as walkabout entertainment, food, drinks, and music.”004

Sat 2nd Nov free noon-2pm armchair exercise at Lea Bridge Library Community Room E10. Phone in advance except the library is shut on Fridays. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfy clothes.


                         £5 cheapest. (Book in advance at ). 7pm for 7.30pm

11th year of

A Season Of Bangla Drama

First night. Brady Arts Centre, Hanbury Street, Whitechapel E1. “The Consequence”, a play for adults.


                        free 11am – 1pm   Artist Talk: Jem Finer’s “Spiegelei Junior ”             Meet at Timber Lodge,  no booking required

“Departing from the Timber Lodge at 11am, Martin Newth – artist, lecturer and Programme Director of BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, will be leading a walking and talking tour with Jem Finer   about his work Spiegelei    Junior, installed in the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The interactive talk will be centred on looking; most of Jem Finer’s work is focused on     inviting the viewer to look at landscapes in a new way, through means of several different apparatus’ such as the camera obscura. The talk will shed light on both the history and contemporary uses of the devices, as well as on questions that are raised through examples of Jem Finer’s previous projects, putting the sculptures in the Park into context. A great chance to  see the Park from a different perspective.”

The main entrance to the Park is just off Waterden Road and Westfield Avenue and then it is a 5minute walk to Timber Lodge across the Park. The Following map provides details of the route . The 588 bus runs from Stratford City to the Park entrance.


Wed 6th Nov free  10-noon. Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Pigeon dovecotes or animation techniques. There is a planned programme of events. Plus cake and tea! Contact Ellie Mortimer at Lloyd Park to see if there’s room for any more participants.

Thurs 7th Nov free 10-noon Creative writing at Deep Clean Launderette in Beulah Road, E17. Fun and reminiscences.


                             free 6-8.00pm Rich Mix Bethnal Green. E1. Opening Preview


The Brick Lane Gallery is proud to present NATURAL FLUX, a unique exploration of nature as contemporary art, through the medium of bonsai. This exhibition will liberate the often generalised ideas of Bonsai trees as a traditional practice, by placing the trees within an exhibition context, alongside contemporary media of art in one of London’s most well-known contemporary art spaces, The Brick Lane Gallery.

NATURAL FLUX is the continuation of an idea which dates back over 150 years in Japanese bonsai.

                                             free   Rich  Mix  E1.6-8pm  Gina Southgate “PRINTED PAINTED PLAYED “
Gina  paints  huge canvases of musicians at live gigs.
“It’s a collaborative exhibition of my Live Gig paintings  and ephemera  with supporting photographs from Andy Sheppard of lowlightphoto.
contributions  from Paul Bradshaw and Swifty, covers from Treader Label and Ashley Wales’s posters and films.

Fri 8th Nov  £25   A three day writing workshop (no experience required) at The     William Morris Gallery.     Details and application by submitting a 500 word plea at


Theatred out

Today I finished blogging for “A Season of Bangla Drama”. I had responded to the Tower Hamlets call for bloggers from 3rd November to 25th November and as I was assumed to be a non-Bengali speaker I was given assignments accordingly. I knew another blogger came on board and I applauded her reviews on FaceBook.

It was all a valuable experience. No-one else wanted to share it with me though. I had complimentary tickets coming out of my ears. The Brady Arts Centre couldn’t be better; the staff are truly welcoming and it’s right near Whitechapel Station and the Royal London Hospital so its easy enough to find… after the first visit.

The events organiser had wanted the seminars to be academic. At one seminar we were told that the Bangladeshi youth were enthusiastic about writing plays and performing in English. The youth chose to absent themselves from SOBD performances. Fair enough; it’s hard to get anyone to a theatre. My disappointment grows.

The tickets were cheap and one might have expected support from the families in the surrounding social housing. The programme was designed to appeal to the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets. In my experience  the words “community” and “theatre” place expectations on people who pencil outside entertainment low down on their must-do lists. I have worked with seniors who have never been to a theatre. I’ve never been to a rugby match because I have no reason to do so. At SOBD who was the audience? I don’t know. I was there.

So I went to enough performances and spent evenings in Whitechapel. I was never assigned to the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green. That didn’t bother me as I find Rich Mix so not my cup of tea. The reception staff are off-hand and I’ve yet to feel welcome there.

I felt honoured to promote the tenth “Season”.

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Fri 23rd Nov £5 6.45pm play “Londonee” at “A Season of Bangla Drama” in Brady Arts Centre

 Sat 24th Nov free noon onwards.The Mill E17 Christmas Fair.

                           free 10.30-4pm Give and take sale with Forest Recycling Project at Mission Grove School, Buxton Rd E17 off Walthamstow Market.

Sun 25th Nov. free  11-1.30pm The Mill E17 Community breakfast with guest speaker Mary Katherine of Streelife Radio in Waltham Forest

free 11am Leyton Library High Rd E10. Leyton Gallery art  exhibition “Winter”

Mon 26th Nov £4  1pm Greenwich PictureHouse reminiscence Screening “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947).  96 mins long.Turn up or book on 0871 902 5732

Tues 27th Nov free 7-9pm  Meet photographer Duncan Holmes at The Mill E17

Thurs 29th Nov free                                 Tottenham Music Festival begins

free 7pm Hackney Historic Buildings hosts at the Round Chapel E5 Big Bold Brass Ensemble. Fabulous venue, great music and a warm welcome.

Fri 30th Nov free 10-2pm until Dec 2nd .”In and Out of Form ” exhibition at Darnley Gallery E9

Sat 1st Dec free 10-6pm. Glebe Road Studios 18 Glebe Rd E8.Ceramics to see and buy.

free 3-5pm “Drawing The Culture” award ceremony Tokarska Gallery Forest Rd E17

                      £5  8pm Camden Rock, 18 Kentish Town Road N1 (by Camden Tube Station).   John Arthur, The Walthamstow Bard, sings and plays guitar.

Sun 2nd Dec free 1-5pm Bruce Museum N17 Folk music.

11-5pm Glebe Road Studios 18 Glebe Rd E8 beautiful and functional ceramics to see and buy.

£3.50 ish      2-5pm Tea dance at Finsbury Town Hall Islington. Grand, friendly, eats and tea, demos, teaching. Dress up , up to you.

Wed 5th Dec free. 6.30pm Commonwealth Carol Concert at St Martins in the Field (tickets via Eventbrite)

Thurs 6th Dec free 6-9pm Salon 111 private opening party night. Phone Forman’s gallery in Fish Island for an invitation.


Asda supports BBC Children In Need and in the advertising booklets on Asda’a counters there are money off coupons for eggs and butter.(Sounds like World War 2 rations!)

There are free weekend places available with the Legacy of the  Olympic Park bus tours. email

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Sun 18th Nov free 2.30pm Walking around Leyton High Road discovering about its creation, with Waltham Forest Walks. Meet at junction of Church Rd and Leyton High Rd opposite where once was the pub The Lion and the Key. Walk ends at Leyton Station around 4.15pm.

£5 6.45pm Brady Arts Centre, Whitechapel E1. Comedies by Tagore in “A Season of Bangla Drama”.

Tues 22nd Nov free 3.30-6pm “The Big Stick Up” craft afternoon making cards at The Garden Cafe Cundy street E16 3DJ. All welcome and refreshments too!

Fri 23rd Nov free 11-2pm Active Club 50+    Chandos East Hub, 90 Chandos Road.E15

Sat 24th Nov £3 7-9.30pm Hornbeam Café  E17 Film: “A Farm for the future.”No fossil fuels                                              
Transition                                                          Walthamstow 

In the same building,  “RAGWORKS” textiles on display.                                                                                                    

Sun 25th Nov   ( Bring a contribution). 11.30-1pm The Mill E17 Sharing a community breakfast.

free 2-3.30pm pm Peter Ashan’s walk discovering Black Britons in Walthamstow. Meet at The Mill E17

Thurs 29th Nov free 5-7.30 pm. Hackney Museum . Poetry workshop for adults with Walthamstow wordsmith Adisa the Verbaliser. On the theme of independence explore your own prose potential.  The first of 2 events.

Forman and Field

I was unable to take the opportunity to use my booked places at the Open Day in Hackney Wick on 10th November. I was off to A Season Of Bangla Drama in Whitechapel.

Forman and Field, the ones who refused to move, who have expensive and posh hampers and a market obviously had organised a family day at their premises. The tour of the SmokeHouse was the magnet for me. Hackney Wick can never be. Billingsgate tours are way expensive. So I gave my tickets to some Up Your Street pensioners because I promote what’s out there for seniors for free remember.  And to see Hackney Wick.

This is what Mrs A texted me. I thought it was a great reflection on the free fishy Open Day in a few words.

“Hi Gillian, had a fab time. Formans is impressively tucked away among the canal and the historic dwellings of a bygone era and the street art. I had a good time.”

Floats my creel.