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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

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

Darren Coffield: Psycho

Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:00am - 6:00pm
Darren Coffield?s Paradox Portraits are a superb product of art and science at its most exciting. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and in themselves, works of art, but they excite the mind with what can be perceived, in social psychology terms as a manipulation of perception.??Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Psychiatrist. Age group: 18 - 100. 229, VICTORIA PARK ROAD, London, Hackney, E9 7HD. Disabled access: no. Contact: Ingrid Z. Email: info@residence-gallery.com Telephone: 02089850321. view website

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

Mr and Mrs Andrews exhibition

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - Sunday, 21 December 2014
Mr and Mrs Andrews refers directly to Gainsborough's 1750 masterpiece in order to excavate layer-by-layer how ten contemporary painters think. . unit 25a, Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road London Hackney Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk. view website

Beauty and the Beast Panto

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - Saturday, 17 January 2015
Get ready for some spectacular festive fun as Theatre Royal Stratford East brings you an enchanting new version of this timeless classic. Price & Times: £26.50/£8.50 (£20/£6.50 concs) . Age group: Any. Theatre Royal, Gerry Raffles Square, Hackney, E15 1BN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Box Office. Email: tickets@stratfordeast.com Telephone: 020 8534 0310. view website

Saturnalia

Thursday, 04 December 2014 - Monday, 05 January 2015 6pm - 11.30pm
Sweet 'Art are teaming up again with the popular bar and gallery venue Juno in the heart of Shoreditch to host their festive show ’Saturnalia’. If you want more pagan than panto this Christmas, less of The Snow Man and more of The Wicker Man then ‘Saturnalia’ is the art exhibition for you. Age group: 18+. Free. Juno, Juno, 136-137 Shoreditch High Street, Hackney, E1 6JE. Disabled access: yes.

Christmas ceilidh

Saturday, 27 December 2014 7pm - 11pm
The Nest Collective brings you the most raucous of christmas re-tox blow-out shakedown ceilidhs from the heart of East London, St. John's at Hackney church. Dance to the sounds of London's most vibrant and upbeat ceilidh band; The Ceilidh Liberation Front. £12.50/MOTD plus other offers on our website: http://thenestcollective.co.uk/shows/events/27-dec-14-christmas-after-party-ceilidh-st-johnathackney-church/. Age group: all. St John's at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Ruthie Woodward. Email: events@thenestcollective.co.u Telephone: 07896292381. view website

West End theatre Christmas course at Sadler's Wells for 6-18 year olds

Saturday, 27 December 2014 - Wednesday, 31 December 2014 1.30pm - 6pm
Learn with top professionals from the West End Theatre in this intensive 5 day course at Sadler's Wells. Classes in singing, drama, musical theatre and street dance - with showcase on the last day! Website: http://atnd.it/17388-0 Price: £150-£200. Sadler's Wells Theatre Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN London Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nuria Garcia. Email: info@ledb.co.uk Telephone: 0208 905 4554.

Ghostsigns walking tour

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11.20am - 1.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington. Age group: All welcome. £12.50. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, London, N16 6YA. Disabled access: yes.

Ghostsigns walking tour

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11.20am - 1.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington, taking in some of London's best ghostsigns (fading advertisements painted on walls). These are used to explore local, craft and advertising history through their unique stories and survival against the odds. . Age group: All ages welcome. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, N16 6YA. Contact: Sam Roberts. Email: sam@ghostsigns.co.uk Telephone: 07989 409 046. view website

Cirque Berserk

Friday, 16 January 2015 - Saturday, 17 January 2015
Direct from four sold-out seasons in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Britain’s favourite contemporary thrill circus embarks at last on a nationwide theatre tour. Combining contemporary “cirque” style skills with off-the-scale thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that will amaze audiences of all ages. Presenting the world’s most dangerous circus act, the legendary Globe of Death, with 3 motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a unique steel cage, seen for the first time live on stage in the UK (“off the scale awesome” – Daily Telegraph). Plus a troupe of over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and death-defying stunt men are joined by award-winning physical comedian Tweedy (“The best Clown I have ever seen” – The Guardian). Disabled access: yes. Age group: All. Hackney Empire, 291, Mare St. London, E8 1EJ. boxoffice@hackneyempire.co.uk http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/3373/shows/cirque-berserk.html Disabled access: yes. view website

Writhe & jerk

Saturday, 17 January 2015 - Monday, 16 February 2015
Writhe & jerk features five artists who each enjoy small battles with painting and why it continues to fascinate. unit 25a, Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road Hackney Contact: corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk. 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

Ghostsigns Walking Tour

Sunday, 01 February 2015 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 ghostsigns (fading advertisements painted on walls). These are used to explore local, craft and advertising history through their unique stories and survival against the odds. . Age group: All ages welcome. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, N16 6YA. Contact: Sam Roberts. Email: sam@ghostsigns.co.uk Telephone: 07989 409 046. view website

Ghostsigns walking tour

Sunday, 01 February 2015 1.20pm - 3.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington. Age group: All welcome. £12.50. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, N16 6YA. Disabled access: yes.

Ghostsigns walking tour

Sunday, 22 February 2015 1.20pm - 3.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington. Age group: All welcome. £12.50. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney N16 6YA. Disabled access: yes.

Ghostsigns Walking Tour

Sunday, 15 March 2015 1.20pm - 3.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington. Age group: All welcome. £12.50. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, London, N16 6YA. Disabled access: yes.

Ghostsigns Walking Tour

Sunday, 19 April 2015 1.20pm - 3.30pm
Whispers of advertising past are the focus of this walking tour through Stoke Newington. Age group: All welcome. £12.50. Stoke Newington Station, Station Approach, Hackney, N16 6YA. Disabled access: yes.

Dugout Soul Club New Year's Eve allnighter

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 - Thursday, 01 January 2015 9pm - 5am
Hackney's longest running soul club hosts its first Allnighter featuring a dance party mix of Northern Soul, RnB, funk and Motown with a guest appearance from soul singer/songwriter Bob Tarlton. . Age group: 21+. Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS. Contact: Jon Dabner. Email: info@mascarabar.co.uk Telephone: 07432 255357. view website