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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

Hackney: A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 - Saturday, 13 September 2014 9.30am - 5.30pm
Photographs by Zed Nelson. Admission free. Hackney Museum, Hackney Technology and Learning Centre, Hackney, E8 1GQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Niti Acharya. Email: niti.acharya@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8356 7302. 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

London Life: photographs by Colin O'Brien

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - Saturday, 06 September 2014 9.30am - 5.30pm
London Life, the stunning new photography exhibition at Hackney Museum captures the city and its people through the lens of Hackney photographer Colin O?Brien. This exhibition shows London through the lens of Colin O'Brien. Until 6 Sept 2014 . Age group: All ages. Hackney Museum, Hackney Technology and Learning Centre, Reading Lane, Hackney, E8 1GQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Niti Acharya. Email: niti.acharya@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8356 7302. view website

The untold Story of Multiculturalism.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 - Saturday, 20 September 2014 14:00 - 16:00
free fun, painting, drawing, storytelling and drama & a pop portrait booth where you become the a tudor, roman etc. Topics :the African Romans who ruled England, the lost Black Tudors, Multi cultural life in the Victorian era. Britain`s 1st war heroes Walter Tull and professional footballer for Tottenham Hotspur. Age group: 10-80. The Marquee, Gillett Square, London N16 8JN, Dalston, N16 8JN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Talltree community Arts Project. Email: enquires@talltree.info Telephone: 020 7642 9010. view website

Language Fails

Saturday, 23 August 2014 - Sunday, 14 September 2014
Language Fails examines painting's intrinsic qualities where written language falls short. . unit 25a, Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road Hackney Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk Telephone: .

Outsider Art Exhibition 2014

Friday, 29 August 2014 - Sunday, 07 September 2014 12pm - 6pm
Free admission . Age group: Open to all. Candid Galleries 3 Torrens Street London Angel, Islington Disabled access: no. Contact: Candid Arts . Email: office@candidarts.com Telephone: 0207 8374 237. view website

Sculpture Shock Ambulatory 2014, Alexander Costello's 'Making Progress'

Thursday, 04 September 2014 - Sunday, 07 September 2014 12.00 pm - Varies
Make your way to the canal banks for Alexander Costello's series of performances 'Making Progress'. Attached to the bow, whilst it winds through the waterways of London, Costello will be making stops at White Building and Springfield Park on Sun 07.09.14. Join him on board! Free Admission. Age group: All ages. Unit 7, Queen's Yard, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN. Contact: Zana Kingwill. Email: projects@rbs.org.uk Telephone: (0) 20 7373 8615. 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.

Scratch That Hackney

Friday, 05 September 2014 - Saturday, 06 September 2014 7.45pm - 1am
Bringing you 8 live acts from spoken word, short film, music, comedy, theatre and more, followed by DJs till late! Join Scratch That Hackney doing what they do best, celebrate new artistic talent and PARTY! Tickets £6. Hackney Attic (above Hackney Picturehouse). Age group: 18+. 270 Mare St, Hackney, E8 1HE. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Amy Costello. Email: scratchthathackney@gmail.com. view website

Lesley Barnes - paintings and assemblages

Friday, 05 September 2014 - Sunday, 07 September 2014 Fri & Sat 10am, Sun 1pm. - Fri 6pm, Sat & Sun 5pm
Artist Lesley Barnes brings together a series of paintings and assemblages that explore themes of memory, relationships and identity. The catalyst for these works are garments that are reminiscent of points in time. Age group: All ages. Gallery, Edwards Lane. Off Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0JJ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Lesley Barnes. Email: lesleybarnes29@hotmail.com Telephone: 07963335582.

Oliva Tweest - Afrobeats Musical

Saturday, 06 September 2014 - Sunday, 07 September 2014 7pm
Following a sold-out debut show in April 2013, the critically acclaimed Afrobeats musical Oliva Tweest, inspired by award-winning Nigerian Pop star D-Banj and his 2012 hit single 'Oliver Twist', is back at London's legendary Hackney Empire on 6 and 7 September. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1EJ. Contact: Ayo . Email: ayodele@wepluggoodmusic.com.

Art of Recovery

Sunday, 07 September 2014 12.00 noon - 5:00 pm
This event is to show how addiction can affect everyone. Music, street food vendors, art and lots of different events going on during the day. Come and see the Art of Recovery at the Round chapel Clapton on 7/09/14 at 12 noon till 5pm . 1d Glenarm road, The Round Chapel Centre for the Performing Arts, Clapton, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, E5 0LY. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Tadgh Crozier. Email: tadgh.crozier@lifeline.org.uk Telephone: 0208 985 3757 x 225. view website

Allens Gardens garden party

Sunday, 07 September 2014 1pm - 5pm
Celebrating the tiny jewel that is Allens Gardens. Join us for an afternoon with an appearance by the unique John Hegley, music, poetry, food, refreshments, comedy, face painting, acrobatics, Doctor Bike, a photo exhibition, and lots more. All welcome, bring your own picnic rug. Dogs must be on a lead. Age group: All. Allens Gardens, Bethune Road, N16 5BD. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Sally Haywill. Email: shaywill@blueyonder.co.uk Telephone: 020 8802 4604.

"Spectre of Abandonment" - Intriguing sculpture and poetry exhibition by Lorraine Clarke.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 - Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:00 - 16:00
Agnes Meadows, Sue Johns and Sarah Reilly will perform poetry they created in response to Lorraine Clarke's artworks. Conversely, Lorraine presents new artworks inspired by poems she selected from each of the poets' anthologies. The show will appeal to the fine art and literature loving public of all ages. . Age group: All. Candid Arts Trust, 3-5 Torrens Street, Islington, EC1V 1NQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nigel Young. Email: nayoung@euroart.co.uk Telephone: 07802502136. view website

Rhythm Junction London

Saturday, 13 September 2014 2pm - 10:30pm
A festival of live vintage music and dance, featuring four fantastic swing and jive bands. As well as over eight hours of live music there will be pop-up food wagons and craft beers from Crate Brewrey. Tickets £30 for the day. . Age group: N/A. The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, Hackney, E5 0LY. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Mike Paul-Smith. Email: rhythmjunctionlondon@gmail.com Telephone: 07855 488 462 . view website

Auditions for "Sleeping Beauty"

Monday, 15 September 2014 8pm - 10pm
Amateur dramatics group The Hackney Players is holding open auditions for our Jan 2015 panto Sleeping Beauty. 8pm, Monday 15 September at Morland Community Hall, Gayhurst Rd, E8. New members very welcome! Follow us on twitter @hackneyplayers or visit www.hackneyplayers.org.uk. Age group: 18+. Morland Community Hall, Gayhurst Road, London Fields, E8 E8. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Philippa Clarkin. Email: philippaclarkin@hotmail.co.uk . view website

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

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: .

From Zeppelin Nights to Bomber's Moon: London Under Fire in Two World Wars

Thursday, 25 September 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
A free event hosted by two outstanding local authors: Jerry White - Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War and Juliet Gardiner - The Blitz: The British Under Attack. Admission is free, but please RSVP to info@hhbt.org.uk or call 02089860029. The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, Hackney, E5 0LY. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Lisa Pressland. Email: info@hhbt.org.uk Telephone: 02089860029. view website

Fire! Orchestra + Soul Jazz Sound System

Friday, 26 September 2014 8.30pm - 10.30pm
An exhilarating one-off performance from the explosive Swedish collective, Fire! Orchestra. Soul Jazz System will open the evening. Tickets: £20 plus booking fee. Online booking: http://bit.ly/1nNpHMj. Phone booking: 020 7638 8891. The Laundry 2-18 Warburton Rd London E8 3FN Contact: Barbican Centre. Email: tickets@barbican.org.uk Telephone: 020 7638 8891.

The Intrigue Emporium autumn show

Sunday, 28 September 2014 11.30am - 5.30pm
After a fabulous launch event in June with 50 outrageously creative designers and makers, we are returning to Shoreditch Town Hall in the Autumn with more of the best & brightest cutting-edge fashion, jewellery and accessories designers, sophisticated homeware, art objects, stationary, paper goods and more. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LT. Contact: Intrigue Emporium. Email: info@intrigue-emporium.com. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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: .

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 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

Hackney Downs Food Assembly - launch party

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:30 - 23:30
Join us at The Hackney Downs Food Assembly launch party and meet our local farmers & producers, taste their products, meet & mingle with your neighbours! Join us at The Russet, 10/9/2014 at 6.30pm for an evening of tasting, mingling and learning!. Age group: All welcome. Free. The Russet, The Russet, Hackney Downs Studios,17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT. Disabled access: yes.

SHOP at Stour Space

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:00 - 17:00
Platforming the work of emerging design. Website: http://atnd.it/12746-0. Price: Free. Stour Space 7 Roach Road E3 2PA Hackney Wick Contact: Stour Space - Coby. Email: info@stourspace.co.uk Telephone: 02089857827. view website