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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

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

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

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

Photography exhibition launch - Burkina Faso

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - Wednesday, 26 November 2014 7pm - 10pm
Photos of a journey and the construction of a project in Burkina Faso by Lhyza Libertad. The event is free for everyone to attend. Age group: All ages. 490 Kingsland Road, Hackney, E8 4AAE. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Lhyza Libertad. Email: lhyzalibertad@gmail.com . view website

Dugout Soul Club

Friday, 31 October 2014 - Saturday, 01 November 2014 9pm - 3am
Halloween Special: Slapshot Soul DJs will be spinning Northern Soul, Motown, Funk & Philly at Stamford Hill's Mascara Bar until way past the witching hour. "Do something different this Halloween. Don't need no costume to make this scene!" Free entry. Age group: 21+. Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, N16 6XS. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jon Dabner. Email: info@mascarabar.co.uk Telephone: 07432 255357. 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 Machine Aesthetic - art exhibition

Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Sunday, 23 November 2014
A Machine Aesthetic explores the various manifestations, uses and influences of mechanisation within the practice of a diverse range of contemporary artists. Unit 25a, Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road Hackney Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk . 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

So and So On festival

Monday, 03 November 2014 - Sunday, 09 November 2014 6pm - 10pm
3-9 November. Underneath the streets of Dalston, the Ophelia basement venue will host 14 shows from five different countries for a weeklong international theatre festival of one act plays. Tickets http://thesoandsoartsclub.ticketsource.co.uk/ 3 shows are only £15. www.thesoandsoartsclub.net. Twitter: @OnSoandSo . Age group: 18+. Lift 574, 574 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH. Contact: Sarah Berger. Email: sarahjaneberger1@gmail.com Telephone: 07966271619. view website

Sweet 'Art presents Guilty Pleasures

Monday, 03 November 2014 - Sunday, 30 November 2014 6pm - 11.30pm
Quirky art collective Sweet ‘Art are back with their next hotly anticipated show. Sweet ‘Art have again worked their magic in selecting eclectic, interesting and well executed artworks from artists whose work explores the thrill, the fun, the desire, the sinister, the surreal, the absurd, the grotesque, the bizarre, the debauched, the humorous, the childish, the moving and the taboo in the world of Guilty Pleasures! Are you ready to indulge in yours?! . Age group: 18+. Free. Juno, Juno, 134-135 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE. Disabled access: yes.

Michael's Shorts

Thursday, 06 November 2014 6pm - 8.30pm
Thursday 6 November, 6pm-8.30pm, filmpro ltd, E2 8HD. Short experimental and collage films by filmpro Associate Artist Michael Achtman. This is a filmpro lates event, part of First Thursdays scheme. filmpro lates are a new production and curatorial partnership between filmpro ltd and Foteini Galanopoulou. www.filmpro.net/filmprolates. Cremer Street, Hackney, E2 8HD. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Foteini Galanopoulou. Email: projects@filmpro.net Telephone: 020 7613 5856 / 07944513590 (voice/texts). view website

Art education workshop series

Thursday, 06 November 2014 - Thursday, 20 November 2014 6pm - 7.30pm
During November Iniva presents a NEW series of 'art education workshops facilitated by artist and educator Matthew Krishanu. Each session explores artworks found within our Emotional Learning Cards sets, focusing on the form, content and context of an artwork for a wide range of educational and participatory settings. Age group: 18+. Rivington Place, Hackney, EC2A 3BA. Contact: Jenny Starr. Email: jstarr@iniva.org Telephone: 0207 749 1247. view website

Chinese Whispers - Differences and similarities between Dutch and English artists

Thursday, 06 November 2014 - Sunday, 23 November 2014 12pm - 6pm
Chinese Whispers is a collaborative art project between Karin Janssen Project Space in London and Gallery Nasty Alice in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Inviting 49 artists from the UK and the Netherlands, the project aims to research the artistic differences and similarities between Dutch and English artists. 213 Well Street, London, E9 6 QU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Karin Janssen. Email: hello@karinjanssen.com Telephone: +44 20 85 250 294. 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

Hackney Hullabaloo 2

Friday, 14 November 2014 8pm - 12am
All Made Up Improv present their second Hackney Hullabaloo at Chats Palace. An evening of improvised comedy and melodic music from special guests: The Chandeliers. Compered by Stephen Alan Yorke. Psycho Delia playing records from 10pm to late. Tickets: £8 in advance www.wegottickets.com or £10 on the door. Doors: 7pm. Chats Palace, Brooksbys Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Chats Palace. Email: info@chatspalace.com Telephone: 020 8533 0227. view website

Silk Street Sinfonia Concert

Saturday, 15 November 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
The Silk Street Sinfonia is an unconducted ensemble which is formed of some of the most talented young artists from Europe. SSS will present a captivating concert of truly inspirational classical music including works by Holst, Mozart, Bartok and Shostakovich. To book your free ticket please apply to silkstreetsinfonia@gmail.com. . Age group: All ages. Rehearsal Room 3, Milton Court, Silk Street, EC2Y9BH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Romana Kaiser. Email: silkstreetsinfonia@gmail.com Telephone: 07944880869. 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: .

Hackney Proms present Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, 23 November 2014 11.30am - 1.30pm
Hackney Proms is delighted to open the season with a performance of Prokofiev's children's tale Peter and the Wolf. It'll be performed by London Winds - a stunning group of virtuosos who also enjoy active solo careers. Their performances are renowned for their technical brilliance and joie d vivre. Age group: All. Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney, N16 0JR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hackney Proms. Email: info@hackneyproms.co.uk . view website

Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, 23 November 2014 11.30am - 1.30pm
Hackney Proms is delighted to open the season with a performance of Prokofiev's children's tale Peter and the Wolf. It will be performed by London Winds - a stunning group of virtuosos who also enjoy active solo careers. Their performances are renowned for their technical brilliance and joie de vivre. Age group: All ages. Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hackney Proms. Email: pauljulian@hackneyproms.co.uk . 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

Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 7:30pm - 9pm
Immersive theatre performance. Total Insight Theatre presents the life of Olaudah Equiano, from when he was enslaved at the age of eleven to becoming one of our most famous and influential Black Londoners. Full price £10. Concessions £8. Early Bird £5. Poster Image: Charlotte Emerson. Age group: 16+. Sutton House, Homerton High Street, Hackney, E9 6JQ. Disabled access: no. Contact: Total Insight Theatre. Email: totalinsighttheatre@outlook.com. 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

Mvula Mandondo and Prana - Live

Sunday, 30 November 2014 8pm - 11.45pm
PRÂNA - Exclusive launch. The new dazzling music and theatre project by master drummer - percussionist Siemy Di. MVULA MANDONDO. Tanzania village roots meets urban rumba, latin and Caribbean. Saidi Kand with his band redefines World Music. DJ set by Fenomeno Show. Age group: All ages. Rich Mix, 35-37 Bethnal Green Road, Hackney, E1 6LA E1 6LA. Contact: Open The Gate. Email: pr@openthegate.org.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