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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

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

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

Ceramics in the City selling fair

Friday, 19 September 2014 - Sunday, 21 September 2014 10am - 5pm
A three-day selling fair featuring 50 potters from across the UK, a mix of rising talents and established names. Free entry, ceramics priced from £10 upwards. A special launch evening, open to all, will be held on Thursday 18 September, 6-8.30pm. Demonstrations and children's workshops will run throughout the weekend. . Age group: All ages. Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8EA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nancy Loader. Email: press@geffrye-museum.org.uk Telephone: 020 7739 9893. 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: .

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.

Dugout Soul Club

Friday, 26 September 2014 - Saturday, 27 September 2014 9pm - 3am
DJs Curt Taylor, Rich Walker and Jon Dabner share their love of Deep Soul with a Dance Beat spinning Northern Soul, rhythm and blues, Motown for North London's fastest growing crowd of soulies. Age group: 21+. Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jon Dabner. Email: info@mascarabar.co.uk Telephone: 07432 255357. view website

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

Electric Landladies unplugged

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 8.45pm - 11pm
An evening with the cult dance band the Electric Landladies - unplugged. Grand piano, double bass, accordian and ukulele, mambos, tango and indy blues. Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Bee Gees, Abba and the Rolling Stones reimagined in their journey into an alternate pop reality. Age group: 16+. Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Street, Hackney, N16 8JH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Alison Rayner. Email: info@blowthefuse.com Telephone: 07973 799415. 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

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 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

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: .

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

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