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'Act Up'

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 - Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12.45pm - 2pm
Have you felt dismissed by officials, shop assistants? Are you inhibited or shy when dealing with people? If you are over 50 and been slowly losing the confidence to assert yourself, or you just like a bit of drama, this new class is for you. . Age group: 50+. QUEENSBRIDGE SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE, 30 HOLLY STREET, London, Hackney, E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Naz. Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 7923 0350. Visit website

Comedy

Thursday, 07 July 2016 - Wednesday, 07 September 2016 7pm - 11pm
The Comedy Base, new material weekly (no subject is safe). Free event. Age group: 18+. GREEN LANES, London, Hackney, N16 9DA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Maria Emmanuel. Email: socadancefitness1@yahoo.co.uk Telephone: 07528786300.

Miami Vice

Friday, 08 July 2016 - Saturday, 30 July 2016
The exhibition, Miami Vice, beckons a new pop-culture revolution of pretty pictures and decadence. Unit 25a, Regents Studio, Hackney, 8 Andrews Road, E8 4QN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Early Years workshops - Project Light with artist educator Natalie Zervou

Monday, 11 July 2016 - Monday, 12 September 2016 10am - 12pm
Parasol unit introduces a new series of workshops tailored to Early Years. Project Light is an immersive drop-in workshop, inviting parents and carers of young children to participate in a unique and stimulating installation created by artist Natalie Zervou. Free. Drop-in. Image credit: Natalie Zervou. Age group: Suitable for under 5 year olds & parents/carers. 14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW Contact: Parasol Unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 02074907373. Visit website

Alice in Wonderland

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - Sunday, 31 July 2016 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Join Alice as she journeys down the rabbit hole into a world of strange and uncanny beings. This unique promenade performance will take you deep into Wonderland as Alice meets the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and other iconic characters. Age group: 10 years and over. Abney Park, The South Lodge, Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 0LH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Abney Park Trust. Email: info@abneypark.org Telephone: 020 7275 7557. Visit website

Out of Nowhere - A presentation of Jeremy Moon's work by Neil Clements at PEER and Large Glass

Friday, 15 July 2016 - Saturday, 17 September 2016 12pm - 6pm
Out of Nowhere features the work of British abstract painter Jeremy Moon (b.1934 -1973), amongst the first artists in Britain to interrogate the use of the shaped canvas. Artist Neil Clements draws on his long-standing interest in Moon to select a number of paintings and a wide range of drawings. Age group: All. PEER 97 and 99 Hoxton Street N1 6QL London Disabled access: yes. Contact: PEER. Email: info@peeruk.org Telephone: 020 7739 8080. Visit website

Shoreditch art session

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 6.30pm - 8.30pm
In the spacious setting of the Ustwo offices on Shoreditch High Street, these classes are a great way to unwind after work, and challenge the preconceptions we have of the visual world around us. Only £20 per 2 hour session, and all the materials provided. . Age group: 16+. 62 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ. Contact: Tom Cox. Email: tomcoxart@hotmail.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Summer ceramic open studios

Saturday, 30 July 2016 - Sunday, 31 July 2016 12pm - 6pm
Inspirational handmade works by 12 local ceramic artists and designers. Demonstrations on various techniques and smoke firing event at this two day sale. Free. Age group: Open to all. 18 Glebe RD Studios, Dalston, Hackney, E8 4BD. Disabled access: no. Contact: Maria A Echenique. Email: cheniki@hotmail.com Telephone: 07949985306. Visit website

Sunday family workshop: shifting colour and space with artist educator Alexandra Hughes

Sunday, 31 July 2016 2.30pm - 4pm
This playful and dynamic workshop explores the potential for shaping architectural space and 3D collages in response to Rana Begum's exhibition and her use of geometric shapes and colour. £7 per family. Booking required. Age group: Suitable from age 5 years & parents/carers. 14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art . Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website

Kizomba dance lessons at Amber Bar

Monday, 01 August 2016 6pm - 11pm
Do you want to become a Kizomba pro? Then Monday night Kizomba dance classes are the place for you. Detailed lessons, a fun environment and the sexiest dance on earth you will be sure to be addicted. Category: Dance. Artist: Syed Ali. Prices: £0 - £12. Amber Bar Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street United Kingdom London EC2Y 9AW Contact: Syed Ali. Email: info@kizombaaddiction.com Telephone: 07886471393. Visit website

Dalston Darlings WI: Fascinating Fragrances with Odette Toilette

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 7pm - 10pm
Rethink everything you thought you knew about perfume with Odette Toilette - a scent obsessive hosting events all about the fascinating world of fragrance. We'll be enjoying a tour of the 20th century through perfume, with scents to sample plus social and cultural history, bizarre adverts, fashion, movies & science. . Age group: 20-70. DUKE OF WELLINGTON PUBLIC HOUSE, BALLS POND ROAD, London, Hackney, N1 4BL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Alice Revel. Email: alice@runnnigninheels.com Telephone: . Visit website

Hackney urban geology walk with Josh Bilton and Ruth Siddall

Thursday, 04 August 2016 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Join Josh Bilton and urban geologist Ruth Siddall on a walking tour of Hackney to learn more about the geology of the land and the built environment. Category: Attractions | Walking / Guided Tours Price: £3 Artist / Speaker: Josh Bilton. SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH. Contact: Nathalie Boobis. Email: nathalie@spacestudios.org.uk Telephone: 02085254330. Visit website

Kizomba dance lessons at Amber Bar

Monday, 08 August 2016 6pm - 11pm
Do you want to become a Kizomba pro? Then Monday night Kizomba dance classes is the place for you. Detailed lessons, a fun environment and the sexiest dance on earth you will be sure to be addicted. Prices: £ 0-£10. Amber Bar, 1 Ropemaker St, Citypoint, London, EC2Y 9AW. Contact: Syed Ali. Email: info@kizombaaddiction.com Telephone: 07886471393. Visit website

Rana Begum in-conversation with Oliver Basciano and Hammad Nasar

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 7pm
This talk will be an opportunity to further understand the works of Rana Begum, its relationship with architecture and the urban environment. £8/6 (conc.) booking required. Age group: Adult. 14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 02074907373. Visit website

Audiovisual installation with Rana Begum and Hyetal

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - Sunday, 18 September 2016 10am - 6pm
Artist Rana Begum and musician Hyetal have collaborated to produce a unique composition and installation for Parasol unit during Rana Begum's solo exhibition. The installation creates an immersive and dynamic interplay between the elements of sound, light and colour. Free. In the events room at Parasol unit. 14 Wharf Road London N1 7RW Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 02074907373. Visit website