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Apr
5
Tue
Surface @ Gillett Square
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surface @ Gillett Square | London | United Kingdom

Surface is a unique, two-week event situated in the creative hub of Hackney. Not only is this ice skating experience different to any other, with advance tickets starting from £4.40 (including booking fee) it’s the most affordable outdoor rink in London. The rink is covered, so can be enjoyed rain or shine.
The video projection design is by Douglas O’Connell; primarily a designer for theatre and performance, this distinctive visual aspect of the event promises to be engaging for all ages. Founder of Motion Media, O’Connell’s practice has been presented in India, China, the US and the UK with recent video credits including Mozart and Son: Benefit Gala (Royal Opera House) and Dance Marathon (Barbican Theatre).
Presented in association with London Borough of Hackney, families from seven local primary schools will be invited to skate free of charge and discounted tickets will be primarily available to the local community. The event also includes a surrounding market of local vendors selling street food and beverages including grilled cheese, steam buns, hot chocolate and ice cream sandwiches.
Surface is the debut event of Fidget Productions. Founded by Hannah Douglass in 2016, Fidget produces events for the physically and creatively restless. Douglass recently completed her MA in Creative Producing at Central School of Speech and Drama, having previously worked on immersive theatre productions including Heartbreak Hotel (The Jetty, 2016) and Monument (Trafalgar Square, 2016).
Hackney Co-operative Developments is local community economic development agency aiming to create a sustainable environment for Hackney’s communities to flourish. It provides support programmes for social enterprises, affordable workspaces, and facilitates the Gillett Squared project. Gillett Squared is an ongoing community-led project committed to proactively creating and enabling cultural events and activity in Gillett Square.

Apr
6
Wed
Surface @ Gillett Square
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surface @ Gillett Square | London | United Kingdom

Surface is a unique, two-week event situated in the creative hub of Hackney. Not only is this ice skating experience different to any other, with advance tickets starting from £4.40 (including booking fee) it’s the most affordable outdoor rink in London. The rink is covered, so can be enjoyed rain or shine.
The video projection design is by Douglas O’Connell; primarily a designer for theatre and performance, this distinctive visual aspect of the event promises to be engaging for all ages. Founder of Motion Media, O’Connell’s practice has been presented in India, China, the US and the UK with recent video credits including Mozart and Son: Benefit Gala (Royal Opera House) and Dance Marathon (Barbican Theatre).
Presented in association with London Borough of Hackney, families from seven local primary schools will be invited to skate free of charge and discounted tickets will be primarily available to the local community. The event also includes a surrounding market of local vendors selling street food and beverages including grilled cheese, steam buns, hot chocolate and ice cream sandwiches.
Surface is the debut event of Fidget Productions. Founded by Hannah Douglass in 2016, Fidget produces events for the physically and creatively restless. Douglass recently completed her MA in Creative Producing at Central School of Speech and Drama, having previously worked on immersive theatre productions including Heartbreak Hotel (The Jetty, 2016) and Monument (Trafalgar Square, 2016).
Hackney Co-operative Developments is local community economic development agency aiming to create a sustainable environment for Hackney’s communities to flourish. It provides support programmes for social enterprises, affordable workspaces, and facilitates the Gillett Squared project. Gillett Squared is an ongoing community-led project committed to proactively creating and enabling cultural events and activity in Gillett Square.

Apr
7
Thu
Surface @ Gillett Square
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surface @ Gillett Square | London | United Kingdom

Surface is a unique, two-week event situated in the creative hub of Hackney. Not only is this ice skating experience different to any other, with advance tickets starting from £4.40 (including booking fee) it’s the most affordable outdoor rink in London. The rink is covered, so can be enjoyed rain or shine.
The video projection design is by Douglas O’Connell; primarily a designer for theatre and performance, this distinctive visual aspect of the event promises to be engaging for all ages. Founder of Motion Media, O’Connell’s practice has been presented in India, China, the US and the UK with recent video credits including Mozart and Son: Benefit Gala (Royal Opera House) and Dance Marathon (Barbican Theatre).
Presented in association with London Borough of Hackney, families from seven local primary schools will be invited to skate free of charge and discounted tickets will be primarily available to the local community. The event also includes a surrounding market of local vendors selling street food and beverages including grilled cheese, steam buns, hot chocolate and ice cream sandwiches.
Surface is the debut event of Fidget Productions. Founded by Hannah Douglass in 2016, Fidget produces events for the physically and creatively restless. Douglass recently completed her MA in Creative Producing at Central School of Speech and Drama, having previously worked on immersive theatre productions including Heartbreak Hotel (The Jetty, 2016) and Monument (Trafalgar Square, 2016).
Hackney Co-operative Developments is local community economic development agency aiming to create a sustainable environment for Hackney’s communities to flourish. It provides support programmes for social enterprises, affordable workspaces, and facilitates the Gillett Squared project. Gillett Squared is an ongoing community-led project committed to proactively creating and enabling cultural events and activity in Gillett Square.

May
26
Thu
Teachers Workshop | An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation with IntoFilm @ Parasol unit
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Teachers Workshop | An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation with IntoFilm @ Parasol unit | London | United Kingdom

This Professional Development session for teachers will demonstrate how to use
animation across the curriculum, whilst developing students’ teamwork, problem
solving, including imagination and literacy skills. The workshop will help to build
confidence in supporting students to achieve good quality animations and
integrate filmmaking into your current teaching practice.
Workshop hosted in partnership with IntoFilm. http://www.intofilm.org/
Booking required via Eventbrite

Sep
11
Sun
De Beauvoir Flower and Produce (and Dog) Show @ St. Peters Crypt and utsdie in Northchurch Terrace
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm
De Beauvoir Flower and Produce (and Dog) Show @ St. Peters Crypt and utsdie in Northchurch Terrace | London | England | United Kingdom

Competition for best home grown flowers, fruit and vegetables; preserves; crafts; baking and children’s categories. Plant stall, book stall, tombola, teas, cakes, raffle, children’s games and the famous Dog Show.

Feb
8
Wed
Poetry Performance | Praxis 6 @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm
Poetry Performance | Praxis 6 @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art | England | United Kingdom

Poetry Performance | Praxis 6
With performances by lo wie and Manfred Werder and guests Werder and Ryu Hankil.
7 pm | £5 suggested donation| Booking required

Set One
lo wie & Manfred Werder

Set Two
A.Typist (Ryu Hankil, lo wie, Manfred Werder)

This is the sixth instalment of an innovative poetry series, presented by Royal Poetics Research Centre and Parasol unit. Hosted in partnership with Royal Holloway University of London.

Feb
13
Mon
Youth Project | Pieces of Me with Sarah Pimenta @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm
Youth Project | Pieces of Me  with Sarah Pimenta @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art | England | United Kingdom

Youth Project | Pieces of Me with Sarah Pimenta
10 am–2 pm | FREE (donations welcome) | Suitable for ages 10-16 yrs | Booking required

Inspired by the work of Tschabalala Self, this three-day workshop led by Social Fabric artist Sarah Pimenta offers a masterclass in printmaking techniques and the opportunity to create finished printed works. You will be encouraged to experiment and develop your work using a range of materials, whilst collaborating with the group to create a huge printed banner.

Social Fabric is often commissioned to run collaborative arts projects and create stunning pieces of artwork with groups implementing a wide variety of practical techniques to help people express themselves creatively using art to explore a theme or tell a story.

Feb
22
Wed
The Legend of Mike Smith @ Chats Palace
Feb 22 @ 7:45 pm – Feb 25 @ 9:15 pm
The Legend of Mike Smith @ Chats Palace | England | United Kingdom

Soweto Kinch and Jonzi D collaborate on a ground-breaking work of music theatre where Jazz melodies meet street grooves in politically-charged debate.
Heralded as a ground-breaking work of music theatre, The Legend of Mike Smith mashes the lyricism of jazz with the energy of British hip-hop dance and theatre to tell the compelling story of Mike Smith, a young artist-everyman. Considering the temptations of consumerism and commercial pressures on the spirituality of the modern artist The Legend of Mike Smith takes a radical, original approach to theatre with a company of musicians, dancers and rappers meeting on-stage for an event that is much more than a gig. Jazz melodies meet street grooves in politically-charged debate before the final, imploring question “When will I be getting mine?”

Following the acclaimed album release in 2013 and now fully realised for the stage, the production features new choreography from guest director Ivan Blackstock (BirdGang).

Mar
12
Sun
Sunday Family Workshop | In Search of the real me with Flora Duley @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art
Mar 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday Family Workshop | In Search of the real me with Flora Duley @ Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art | England | United Kingdom

Sunday Family Workshop | In Search of the real me with Flora Duley
2:30–4 pm | £7 per family | Suitable for ages 5yrs+ | Booking required

Make exciting and intriguing patterns from distorted shapes. Create a representation of yourself using the technique of collage while looking at colour palettes from Tschabalala Self’s current exhibition. The workshop includes an introductory look at Cubism as representation of 3D and 2D objects.

Flora Duley is an artist whose practice includes film, sculpture and painting installations. As an Art Educator she has extensive experience running workshops at schools, festivals and galleries and engaging people of all ages in creative and participatory events. www.floraduley.com

Jul
26
Thu
KRAKEN RUM UNLEASHES THE BEAST IN THE EAST @ Various Bars
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

On 26th July, The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum is wrapping its tentacles around London’s East End for its latest Kraken Crawl. Capturing the spirit of the East, The Kraken has clouded the region with its iconic, dark spirit and a twist on four classic cocktails.

The cocktails have been crafted to perfectly pair with the area’s most famous hangouts, so followers of the sea creature can enjoy the darker side of life as they crawl through its streets and taste London like never before.

For one night only, rum fans can indulge their taste buds with East London inspired cocktails and be hit with trending taste notes ranging from turmeric through to black tea and cockney influenced ‘apple and pears’ cider.

Starting and finishing in E1, the Kraken Crawl will celebrate the unveiling of The Kraken Mural on Great Eastern Bear. From 16th July to 12th August, prepare to be awestruck by a giant piece of photorealistic artwork. This unique piece will incorporate 3D elements to bring the mystical beast to life and is set to turn a few heads. Providing a perfect Insta-backdrop for East Londoners and passers-by, those tagging themselves with the beast will also be in with a chance of winning a range of amazing prizes, from diving courses to mural masterclasses, as well as free cocktails to redeem at the below participating Kraken Crawl bars.

The limited-edition cocktails that have been paired specially with local Shoreditch bars include:

The Brick Lane – The Cocktail Trading Company, E1 6GQ

Pay homage to the home of British curry, The Brick Lane blends dark rum with a range of Indian spices including terrifyingly trendy turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom.

The Great Eastern Street – Road Trip and Workshop, EC1V 9EY

Another hot cocktail trend to tickle your fancy taking cold black tea from the East and swirling it around in a hurricane glass with orange liqueur, lemon juice and rum.

The Perfect Storm – Old Blue Last, EC2A 3ES

A classic for a classic. Head to the iconic Old Blue Last for the Kraken fan favourite consisting of rum, ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

The Poison Apple & Pears – Apples & Pears, E1 6TD

It doesn’t get much more East End than Cockney rhyming slang. Mixing pears with apple cider, fiery ginger, lemon and rum – catch this at Apple & Pears, where else?

Shoreditch dwellers can view the Kraken Mural being created live by the capital’s hottest artists at Great Eastern Bear. The mural will be painted from 16th July through to 19th July with the finished artwork on display until 12th August.
For more information on joining The Kraken Crawl, please visit: https://www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/home