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Art for All (Ages 50+)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - Thursday, 18 December 2014 10am - 12pm
If you wanted to learn to draw or improve your drawing skill, increase your confidence using water colours, acrylic paints etc, then this class is for you. All levels welcome, tutor on hand to offer guidance and tips. Age group: 50+. Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre, 30 Holly Street, Hackney, E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nazmun . Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 7923 0350. view website

Beginners' art class for the over 50s

Monday, 12 May 2014 - Thursday, 06 November 2014 10am - 12pm
Beginners' art class for people over 50. Learn to draw and paint using various mediums. Also opportunity to experiment with various medium to express your work. Course fee £20 per quarter. Age group: 50+. Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre, 30 Holly Street, Hackney, E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Naz. Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 7923 0350. view website

Art - Develop your drawing and painting skills

Monday, 16 June 2014 - Monday, 08 December 2014 10am - 12am
Develop your drawing and painting skills. Learn ways to expand your work to showcase your creative skills. Age group: 50+. Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre, 30 Holly Street, Hackney, E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nazmun. Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 7923 0650. view website

Hackney Adult Drama Group

Thursday, 04 September 2014 - Thursday, 11 December 2014 7pm - 8.30pm
Adult Drama Group open to all levels. Always enjoyed acting or just like to give it a go? Then come join us and build confidence, improve your skills, meet new people and have fun. Age group: 21+. Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5 0PU. Contact: Adele Lynch. Email: hackneydrama@yahoo.com Telephone: 07950 526 443.

Animal with a Language by Oreet Ashery

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - Saturday, 15 November 2014 12am - 6pm
Animal with a Language engages with 'rage against reason', an attempt to foreground agency against a backdrop of prevailing flatline economies. Within a flesh-toned environment, hypnotic sound, text, videos and assemblages, Ashery's objects and actors acquire meaning through associative transmission and direct expression. 2 Clunbury Street, London N1 6TT Contact: Pierre d'Alancaisez. Email: info@waterside-contemporary.com. view website

(detail) - exhibtion of close-ups of artworks

Saturday, 20 September 2014 - Sunday, 12 October 2014
(detail) features the work of 118 international artists, including Alexis Harding, Dan Hays, Robert Holyhead, Narbi Price, Jamie Shovlin and Emma Talbot, who have each selected a close-up from one of their paintings. These details are printed and displayed together to give both a tantalising glimpse into each artwork. unit 25a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, Hackney, E8 4QN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk. view website

William Hunt: Playing the Goat

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - Saturday, 22 November 2014
New film work, commissioned by PEER, featuring the artist's most ambitious performance to date. Admission free. . Hoxton Street, Hackney, N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Anne Morgan. Email: info@peeruk.org Telephone: 020 7739 8080. view website

Rudy's Rare Records

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - Sunday, 05 October 2014
Starring Lenny Henry, and based on the BBC Radio 4 series, this touching, toe-tapping comedy is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam. Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Disabled access: yes. Contact: Marketing. Email: marketing@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: .

Keara Stewart's 'on the escalator'

Thursday, 02 October 2014 - Saturday, 18 October 2014 6pm - 5pm
Keara lives, works and draws around London. In this series she draws commuters on the underground. To offset the frustration she felt from being manhandled on the tube "I decided to do at least one drawing on my way to work for the next week. But I didn't stop!". Age group: 18+. Proper Old Shop, 173 Dalston Lane, Hackney, E8 1AL. Disabled access: no. Contact: Nick Jenkins. Email: nfo@properold.com Telephone: 020 7998 9190. view website

Art Licks weekend

Friday, 03 October 2014 - Sunday, 05 October 2014 12pm - 6pm
The Art Licks Weekend is a festival showcasing the work of pioneering young artists, curators, and galleries in London. Over 60 art spaces are participating alongside a programme of performances in public spaces across the city. Admission to all venues is free. Please see website for full programme details: http://artlicksweekend.com. Age group: All ages welcome. The Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, London, E2 9DT. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Eva Rowson. Email: eva@artlicks.com Telephone: 07989 335902. view website

Gilded Splinters

Friday, 03 October 2014 - Monday, 03 November 2014
A small exhibition of new woodcuts and engravings by artist Jonathan Ashworth whose work also appears on display at Somerset House this October. Wilton Way Cafe, 63 Wilton Way, Hackney, E8 1BG. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jonathan Ashworth. Email: info@jonathanashworth.com Telephone: 07749685674. view website

Art Licks weekend

Friday, 03 October 2014 - Sunday, 05 October 2014 12pm - 6pm
The Art Licks weekend is a three-day festival to celebrate the work of young artists and provide opportunities for the public to discover innovative art projects in London. Over 70 galleries, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects are open to the public with special events and exhibitions by emerging artists. Various venues - please see http://artlicksweekend.com for more details Disabled access: yes. Contact: Eva Rowson. Email: info@artlicks.com . view website

Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2014

Saturday, 04 October 2014 - Sunday, 26 October 2014 11am - 6pm
ICADF will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in October. Since it launched in 2004, Candid Arts has helped provide a platform for established and emerging artists to showcase their work in one of the largest contemporary art spaces in central London with the opportunity to sell directly to the public. . Age group: 11+. Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London, Angel/Islington, EC1V 1NQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Arts Manager. Email: office@candidarts.com Telephone: 0207 837 4237. view website

Vinyl record market

Saturday, 04 October 2014 11am - 11am
To celebrate the final weekend of Rudy's Rare Records, we will be holding an all-day Vinyl Record Market. Bring along your old records to sell or exchange or just come and chat all that is the 33. Venue: Empire 2. Price: free. Hackney Empire/Empire 2 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Disabled access: yes. Contact: Box Office. Email: box.office@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: 020 8985 2424.

Consortium5 Recorder Quintet

Sunday, 05 October 2014 7pm - 9pm
Taking place in the atmospheric Tudor Great Chamber, Consortium5, on ten different sizes of recorder, play Fantasias, In Nomines and Dances from the period of Sutton House juxtaposed with contemporary works by John Ward, Alfonso Ferrabosco, William Byrd and Luke Styles. . Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High St, Hackney, E9 6JQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Sutton House Music Society. Email: http://www.shms.org.uk/ContactUs.html Telephone: 07505 609757. view website

Famous Times live

Sunday, 05 October 2014 4pm - 8pm
An afternoon of live music at Chats Palace featuring the brilliant The Ramshackle Union Band plus joyful singer song-writer Joe Cang, word shouter Oh Stanfast and much more. Bring the kids for an an afternoon of music, dancing and fun. Adults £5, kids £1, family £10. Age group: 0-90. Chats Palace, Brooksbys Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Maddy Read Clarke. Email: maddyclarke@mac.com . view website

All Voices community choir

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 - Tuesday, 23 December 2014 7.30pm - 9pm
All Voices is open to everyone who wants to do some singing whether you haven't sung since your school days or do it on a regular basis. No need to read music and no audition. We rehearse every Tuesday night in Newington Green. (Fee: £5-7/session). . Age group: Adults. Woodville Road, London, N16 8NA. Contact: Nina Richardson. Email: allvoiceschoir@gmail.com Telephone: 07730 502695. view website

Ghost signs walking tour

Sunday, 12 October 2014 1.20pm - 3.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington, taking in some of London's best ghost signs (painted signs, fading on walls). These are used to explore local, craft and advertising history. Tickets are £12.50 and bookings must be made in advance. Age group: 16+. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, N16 6YA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Sam Roberts. Email: sam@ghostsigns.co.uk Telephone: 07989409046. view website

Photographer unknown

Sunday, 12 October 2014 - Sunday, 21 December 2014 12pm - 5pm
A selection from the 40 year old Chats Palace archive portraying Homerton scenes and characters through the ad hoc documentation of a group of voluntary and often uncredited photographers. Portraits range from casual snaps to more formal studies and in passing offer a glimpse of the area, within our living memory. . Age group: All ages welcome. Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Peter Young. Email: photochats10@yahoo.com Telephone: 07921 816754. view website

Hackney Flashers exposed - photography

Sunday, 12 October 2014 2pm - 5pm
Hackney Flashers exposed: 40th anniversary of a women's photographic collective. During the 1970's Hackney Flashers produced two significant exhibitions: 'Women and Work' and 'Who's Holding the Baby?' In its 40th anniversary year, the feminist photocollective discuss their work in the light of the present and the relevance of collectives today. Age group: All ages. Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Peter Young. Email: photochats10@yahoo.com Telephone: 07921 816754. view website

Holy and Horny

Sunday, 12 October 2014 8pm - 9.15pm
Back by popular demand, this ground breaking play explores one woman's struggle to remain holy despite being as horny as hell! All 20 characters are played by actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton including Sheila, the frustrated Christian and her alter ego Eve, a sexually uninhibited poet. . Age group: 15+. The Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Box Office . Email: boxoffice@arcolatheatre.com Telephone: 020 7503 1646. view website

Klezmer concert

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Benefit concert for disability charity Choice in Hackney, featuring The London Klezmer Quartet playing the exciting celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe in the Old Church, a fantastic arts venue. Tickets £10 bought in advance please from www.hackneyproms.co.uk. Doors open 7pm. Bar and raffle. Age group: all ages. The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney, N16 9ES. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Mary Julian. Email: mary@julians.me.uk Telephone: 0208 986 0288. view website

Afro-Polis / The African Renaissance

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - Sunday, 19 October 2014 9am - 10am
A 360° exploration of the socio-cultural dynamics at the heart of the modern Panafrican way of life, it will encompass an exhibition, a dinning experience, a concept store and will fuse talks, workshops, live performances and much more. To book ticket, go to : http://afropolis.designmynight.com/ For more infos visit: www.afro-polis.com.. Age group: All ages. Dining Room: 16 Hoxton square, London N1 6NT Art: 48 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN Music: 37 East Road, London N1 6AZ Style: 33 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN Disabled access: yes. Contact: Athénaïs. Email: info@afro-polis.com Telephone: 07565883327. view website

Hackney Singers: Brahms Requiem

Saturday, 25 October 2014 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Brahms German Requiem, Beethoven Egmont Overture. Hackney Singers, Forest Philharmonic. Conductor: Dan Ludford-Thomas, Soprano: Helen Meyerhoff, Baritone: Philip Tebb. Tickets Standard £17, Concession £15, Family £34. St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 0PD. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hackey Singers. Email: press@hackneysingers.org.uk. view website

Cut A Shine barn dance

Saturday, 25 October 2014 8pm - 1am
Come and join the Cut A Shine barn dance crew. Learn authentic Appalachian square dance for a proper hoedown. Dance to a live old time stringband of fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin. The dances are deceptively easy to learn and fun to dance. Rave like it's 1865. £8 (£10 door). Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Chats Palace. Email: info@chatspalace.com Telephone: 020 8533 0227. view website

The Really Affordable Art Fair

Friday, 31 October 2014 - Sunday, 02 November 2014
The Really Affordable Art Fair provides a mix of original artwork of different styles and mediums from a collection of independent artists. Free entry to the art fair with all pieces below £500, most being between £30-£200. Age group: Open to all. GingerWhite Space, Unit 11, Bayford Business Centre, Bayford Street, London Fields, E8 3SE. Contact: Ziadul Kabir. Email: ziadul@gingerwhite.co.uk Telephone: 0207 359 3964. view website

Undream'd Shores

Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Sunday, 02 November 2014 7.30
Grand Union Orchestra's 25 well-known musicians and singers are joined by 120 performers from across the whole spectrum of East London's cultural communities. Together they weave stories of migration past and present into a rich tapestry of musical textures, song and vivid visual images, celebrating the creative power of migration. Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Contact: Marketing. Email: marketing@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: . view website

A night at the opera

Friday, 07 November 2014 8pm - 10pm
Favourite arias, duets and ensembles from opera, Gilbert & Sullivan and more, sung by familiar faces from Charles Court Opera productions at the Rosemary Branch and Kings Head. Bar. Tickets £12/£8 via www.debeauvoir.org.uk. Supported by funds donated in memory of David Kingsley. Age group: All ages. St. Peter's Church, Northchurch Terrace, Hackney, N1 4DA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Fiona Darbyshire. Email: info@debeauvoir.org.uk Telephone: . view website

Dolly House

Saturday, 08 November 2014 8.00pm
What does Oliver Samuels, Jamaica's King of Comedy, do when it is time to celebrate his 65th year on this earth? He assembles a fantastic cast and creates another blockbuster - Dolly House. A new hit comedy from the living legend behind Who a Di Don? and Embassy Saga. Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Disabled access: yes. Contact: Marketing. Email: marketing@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: .

African literary evening

Saturday, 08 November 2014 5pm - 8pm
An evening of reading, conversation and inspiration with new generation African Writers. The event will be a mixture of literature, poetry and spoken word, and a panel to discuss issues relevant to Nigerian/Black British writers in the UK. The panel will consist of authors, bloggers, publishers, journalists, playwrights and poets. The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, Hackney, N1 5ET. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Mo Ajijola. Email: mo.ajijola@accomplishpress.com. view website

Mother Goose

Saturday, 22 November 2014 - Sunday, 04 January 2015
Packed with the usual sparkle, spectacle, mayhem, comedy and incredible original music performed by a live band, Hackney Empire's must-see pantomime is officially open for bookings!. Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Contact: Marketing. Email: marketing@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: .

Christmas Past: 400 Years of seasonal traditions in English homes

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - Sunday, 04 January 2015 10am - 5pm
Each year, the museum's period rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, greenery and music, giving a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years. This free exhibition is accompanied by a full programme of events for all ages. . Age group: All ages. Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, Hackney, E2 8EA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nancy Loader. Email: press@geffrye-museum.org.uk Telephone: 020 7739 9893. view website

Hackney Players present "Sleeping Beauty" pantomime

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - Saturday, 24 January 2015
The Hackney Players amateur dramatics group present the pantomime "Sleeping Beauty". 22- 24 Jan 2015. Evening performances 7.30pm and Sat matinee at 3pm. Tickets available by emailing keith.stean@virgin.net. Morland Community Hall, Gayhurst Road, Hackney, E8 3EN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Philippa Clarkin. Email: philippaclarkin@hotmail.co.uk. view website

Fun Palace at Chats Palace

Saturday, 04 October 2014 10am - 5pm
Join us for a FREE day of games, workshops, activities, face painting, discussions and live music all about words and language (spoken, written or sung!). Tell us your story of Chatsworth Road. There will be lots more fun things for the whole family to get involved with. Age group: All. Chats Palace, Brooksbys Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Edel. Email: edel@chatspalace.com Telephone: . view website