Issue 37 Up Your Street

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At the PictureHouses this week there’s Spectre out. Become a member of

Silver Screen

for cheap tickets and a cuppa with bourbons

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Tues 27th Oct free  6.30pm Chapel Cinema in St Margarets Bethnal Green.”West Side Story”

African Threads – Hackney Style

Tues 27 Oct free , 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Create textile designs, patterns and prints with a professional textile artist. Supported by Hackney Learning Trust.

BHM

“Hackney Fashion

Wed 28 Oct free 2pm-4pm

Design fabulous fabrics and fashions inspired by Hackney and Africa.

Music of African and Caribbean Memories

Wed 28 Oct   free 11am-1pm. all ages

Come and enjoy music of African and Caribbean roots from the past 50 years; song-sheets and percussion will be provided and participation is encouraged. The Spitz Charitable Trust brings music workshops to older people in care homes and links them with young people to reduce isolation, improve well-being and create a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved. Free entry. ” (from Hackney Museum website)

Wed 28th Oct free 2-4pm Leyton Library E10. Henna Workshop. Book at Eventbrite

                              £5 1.30-4pm Chingford Assembly Hall/E4. Tea Dance

Thurs 29th Oct free  Coffee cake and book group 10.30-11.30am Hackney Library with Lydia.

“At our cake and reading  meeting, we’ll be discussing The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale. Please note you’ll now need to reserve this title from our library catalogue. Reserve online or pop into one of our libraries around the borough. Contact adrian.morris@hackney.gov.uk for further details “.

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The Wordlovers Society Clapton library

Second Tuesday and last Thursday of each month, 5.30pm-7.45pm

A group for anyone interested in poetry and creative writing. Bring your own work to read or perform to the group. All abilities welcome. Facilitated by writer KG Lester. For more information email tyaxx@hotmail.com.

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                          free 6.30-7.45pm African Threads exhibition with a connected talk-time at Hackney Museum called  The Textile Trade

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Fri 30th Oct free 6.30-9.30 QEOP Timber lodge Pop Up Arts festival via Univ College London Book at Eventbrite and dress for the cold windy open space that is QEOP. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Sat 31st Oct free 11-1pm Chinford Library “Black Superheroes” animation fest with Tony Warner  Eventbrite for tickets.

Loads of events coming up in November at Hackney Picture House and Open School East in De Beauvoir posh Hackney  and all over. You will be informed. There’s my Facebook Page too Up Your Street which is way ahead. And then Whitechapel for the November Writing Festival. And Bangla Drama Season at Brady Arts. E1.

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Tues 9th Sept free 9.30am. Supposed to book. Tech EE  Tea Party at EE shops all about the joy of tablets. Free cuppa.

 

                          free 11-2pm St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. Hackney Empire Elders invite newcomers to join in friendly afternoon meet-ups.

                          free 1-3pm Doodle time at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space.

Evening from 6.30pm at Brady Arts Centre Hanbury St  E1 for Benefit Gaza night.

Wed 10th Sept free Shiatsu taster sessions at The Centre for Better Health. Book at Eventbrite. The Centre for Better Health has some cheap and interesting courses. There is a strict code of conduct adhered to the courses on offer making it that all participants feel valued and get value for money. Very good too. For example besides being rude turning up thirty minutes late, it’s disruptive so you won’t get your seat. QED

free 1-4pm Happy Crafters at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. No need to book.up_your_street_2[1] (2)

Thurs 11th Sept free 11-1pm Stratford Library 11am community chat with Rosetta Arts Centre. Join a project uncovering the forgotten history of the Harland & Wolff shipbuilders yard, active in the Royal Docks from the 1920s to the 1970s.They constructed the ill-fated Titanic.

 Contact office@ech.org.uk for more information . Eastside Community Heritage.

                                free 10-11.30am Canning Town Library (every second Thursday)Rosetta Arts Hub. Find out what the local creative community are doing in Newham and how to get involved!

                                   free 2pm The Mill E17  “Memory Catching” reminiscence sessions for seniors. You will be recorded!

 

                                     

 

Sun 14th Sept free  11am and 2pm tea at Valentine’s Mansion, Gants Hill .Book with Judith at office@ech.org.uk This is a reminiscence 90 minute session about WW1

Wed 17th Sept free  6-9pm Refreshments too. “East End In Flux” at Birkbeck Uni E15, What’s it all about this legacy in E20? Book at Eventbrite. One of the best meet-ups in the world.

Thurs 18th Sept £3 6.30pm 127 Stoke Newington High St n16.Monthly Knit Night

Join Maya for a social evening of knitting and fun. Bring your wool and needles, and let us knit together. All skill levels welcome! We’ll provide wine and snacks, and we’ll offer 10% off all yarns on the evening.
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Been to “More Soft” textiles exhibition yet at The Mill E17? Free. Super.
 
Advance notice  16th October is Anti-slavery Day. There’ll be a massive free art exhibition illuminating slavery and human trafficking in Plaistow. More information at Twitter @Breaking The Chains
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Up Your Street. Issue 12

Very happy to say that Up Your Street is managing two Tesco notice-boards. They called us.

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Thurs 3rd April free evening launch of local artists’ exhibition “Face Value” at The Mill E17

Fri 4th April free Save Our Marshes photographic exhibition at The Waterworks Centre E10

Sat  5th April free QEOP opens to the public. Events until 5pm.

Sun 6th April free walk in Haggerston arranged by the Geffrye Museum

Mon 7th April Booking begins for free tea dance 23rd April at Brady Arts Centre. Details to follow.

Issue 20. Up Your Street. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

                                         Issue 20.  Up Your Street

Mon 3rd Dec   free 7-9pm Leyton Community Association meeting (LCA) Saint Mary’s Church Hall, Lindley Road, Leyton E10 6QT (near the junction with High Road Leyton)

 Tues 4th Dec            free  to invitees (phone Hackney Museum for a place) 10-4.30pm  A day conference with Mapping The Change to shape in our community the Legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Hackney PictureHouse and Museum.

Wed 5th Dec    free  6.30pm The Mill E17, Drop in to knit. Any level welcome.

                              free  5-7.30pm Choice in Hackney event…

Alex Rook, well known human rights lawyer, and Ellen Clifford of Disabled People Against Cuts will discuss accessing Community Care Support and disability benefits during times of austerity.  Refreshments   City and Hackney Carers Centre Conference Room. 5 TYSSEN STREET, Hackney, E8  Disabled access. Email: info@choiceinhackney.org

Sat 8th Dec       free  11am Craft Fayre at Sutton House Homerton Rd Hackney.

                                 £5 donation 7pm Chats Palace Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton Rd Hackney. Unfinished Histories Christmas Quiz Night

“Unfinished Histories is a project recording British Alternative Theatre, 1968 -88, through interviews and the collecting of archive material. Companies involved were among some of the first Black, Asian, lesbian, gay, women’s, disabled, political, experimental, TIE and community-based theatre groups seen in Britain. Work ranged from experiments in physical and visual theatre or performance art, to vernacular drama, agit-prop and satire, championing a generation of artists whose work has influenced and shaped present day theatre.”

Sun 9th Dec     free   11 am Craft Fayre at Sutton House Homerton Rd Hackney

Mon 10th Dec  free   12.30-2pm .Christmas social for seniors with Malcolm’s Dance Classes at 28 Powell Rd E5

Tues 11th Dec   free 2-4pm Christmas Party  at St Andrew’s Church, Colworth Rd E11

Wed 12th Dec   free but book in advance.2-5pm Brady Arts Centre E1 Christmas tea dance for seniors.

Thur 13th Dec £2  7.15pm  West Green Learning Centre, Tottenham.  Coen Brothers  film “Burn After Reading” hosted by Haringey Independent Cinema. Another shorter film too. In the break to celebrate the season there will be mulled wine and samosas. Event all done by 9.50pm.

£2.50 1pm Hackney PictureHouse Reminiscence Screenings Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush” Best seats in London! The Tower Hamlets U3A keeps the price down for us from the usual £4 a time. Cheers U3A!

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Vintage TV has started its “Simply Having A Wonderful Vintage Time” Christmas programmes. Interesting archive films and excellent editing.

Exhibitions.

Until  31 Dec. free  Photographic exhibition ” Art In The Community,”  The Salvation Army , 122-124 Lower Clapton Road E5

                         free.                   Hackney Museum (not Mondays) “Independence”. Excellent exhibition showcasing Jamaica and its tie-in to Hackney.

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Next Up Your Street listing will be for the festive season and the last of the year so if you have any events to share please email them to me at gillianamuir@aol.co.uk

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”.

Issue 16. Up Your Street

                               

                                                  Issue 16. Up Your Street

Thurs 8th Nov. free 6-7.30pm McMillan talk and presentation  followed by audience participation,  the theme being the West Indian kitchen. Hackney Museum

free 6.45pm for 7.15pm sharp. Brady Arts Centre E1  “A Season of Bangla Drama” presents a performance and a seminar.

Fri     9th Nov, £1.     1-2.15pm. Writing workshop based on movement and dance with Peggy at St John at Hackney  Church, Narrow Way E5. Refreshments too.

Sat Nov 10th £14 for 3 course meal at the Hornbeam Café  E17. 6.30pm onwards.Please book for a Vegan, allotment-grown experience.

Sun Nov 11th                                   Remembrance Sunday

                                In a Shake
Two seconds it took
a shake
a rumble in the earth
a strike in a light
a stench of gas and poison.
I turned, you fell.
Someone’s son
lay slumped on me
spent and lifeless.  

                      6.45 for 7.15pm sharp. “A Season Of Bangla Drama” presents a play about mental health issues at the Brady Arts Centre E1

Tues 13th Nov                                   Happy Divali

Fri 16th Nov   free 6.30pm Waltham Forest Assembly Hall. Divali Celebrations. Get your free ticket from a Waltham Forest  library or Town Hall Offices.