Smash Hit. #MAFF

#MAFF is under way. The Maya Angelou Film Festival with Black History Studies.wpid-2015-08-06-18.24.49.jpg.jpeg

We impressed the child who looked at me and boldly asked “Do you like Maya Angelou?”  I replied to the child, the daughter of our hosts:-

“We saw her in London. At Sadlers Wells years ago before you came down from the stars”.

That was the evening I could not sit in my seat. I have my mother’s hips and Sadlers Wells seats get less ample nearer the gods. The next day the manager measured the seats for me and proved it.

We had been to Liverpool with Black History Studies years ago, by minibus, for a tour of the Slavery Exhibition at Liverpool’s dockside Museum. It was just great and friendly and we were small in number. We watched films on board and came home in the soaking rain.

Today Empress Ria led us through projected slides all about Angelou’s life which was sent to defeat her but never did. Our speaker could not have known her audience but pitched well, sometimes questioning we adults like a Pentacostal minister does, but mostly keeping it light and now and again nodding at the audience members not in African prints. She was excellent. She delivered with passion and knowledge. She read Angelou’s poems properly and carried us along on the pauses and giggles.


The Festival continues.

I only felt cheated when women were scoffing patties from across the road. We’d had a Kit Kat. Hardly the same. You see at the flicks, you can eat. It’s not the theatre.

That Marcus Garvey Library is about to be renovated. No. Lies, lies, lies. It’ll be halved.

I learnt that Empress Ria agrees with me and Basil Berstein that “education cannot compensate for society”, “that school is just a surrogate and the African-Caribbean folk in the audience don’t need surrogates. They are the teachers of their children, first and foremost. They can teach their children and the community’s children about their heritage.”

I agreed that Black History month is just not an October thing. “Which other culture does the whole heritage and be proud thing in one month?”


wpid-2015-08-06-20.45.00.jpg.jpegPhillip Lane glows.

Entries in Up Your Street’s diary

Sat 8th Aug free 12-7pm Rathbone Market Festival 

                        free      2-4pm weekly Drama workshops all about changing east London Whitechapel ideas Store E1. Turn up

Sun 9th Aug free 12-5pm Rathbone Market Festival


Tues 11th Aug free 1-2.30pm The Wind Blows East. Meet Bromley-By-Bow Station. Eventbrite for places.

Wed 12th Aug free 2-4pm London’s Larder Meet Star Lane DLR. Tickets at Eventbrite

                              free 2-5pm The Mill e17 Radio making for seniors

Thurs 13th Aug free 10am Link4Coffee at Oneda’s St James end of E17 Market. Eventbrite

Fri  14th Aug free entry 730pm Bingo at Crownfield Rd e11 with Disability Waltham Forest

Sat 15th Aug and 16th Aug free Canary Wharf. Granary Place. Clay and ceramics festival.

Wed 19th Aug free Drawing your story. Bethnal Green E1 . Book at Eventbrite

Fri  21st Aug free 7.30pm film show at Three Mills, Bow with Floating Cinema. Eventbrite

Sat 22nd Aug free 11-12.30pm Building Ships. Meet East India Dock DLR . Eventbrite

Sun 23rd 3pm Ripping Yarns on SS Robin Meet Millenium Mills Royal Victoria Docks

Fri 28th Aug free 1-5pm Pop Up UCL art of Germany and Austria 19th Century  at Gower Street . Book at Eventbrite.

Sun 30th  Banner Parade in Green Street  off Romford Road. Celebrating the east end.

Mon 31st Aug (Bank Holiday) was free at Early Bird price  now £3.50 +50p booking fee. 10.30 Gluten- Free Festival Old Truman Brewery E1

Sat 12th Sept free  #MAFF “Why the Caged Bird…” Tottenham . Last tickets flying at Eventbrite

Sat 19th Sept free #MAFF “Delta” film, in Tottenham.Book at Eventbrite

24th Sept  free   11 am Etsy promotion at Truman Building e1 Part of TENT design festival, Eventbrite for tickets.

25th Sept free 10 am Courtauld art open day Eventbrite for tickets. at Somerset House.

26th Sept free 3pm or 5pm  #MAFF “Jump At The Sun” screening in Tottenham  Eventbrite for tickets.

 4th Oct  hopefully free Unveiling of Joan Littlewood’s statue at Theatre Royal Stratford East e15 (info not public yet).

14th Oct free V&A visit at noon

24th Oct  £7.50 at Eventbrite “London Turning?” day out at Stratford Campus E15.

25th Nov free  V&A visit at noon

15th Dec free “A Keatsian Christmas  “at Hampstead’s Keats House. Eventbrite of course for places.


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