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Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Geffrye Museum celebrates 400 years of Christmas

Illuminated reindeers in the garden, Father Christmas themed pub-crawls, last-minute present shopping on Amazon – we all have our personal traditions over the festive season. However, the Geffrye Museum will take visitors on a trip back in time this winter to see what Christmas has been like in English middle-class…

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

In a small fishing village a mysterious wanderer takes refuge from a storm in a local tavern. There he tells a series of tales and draws his audience into a fantastical world of mermaids, monsters and strangers from the sea. “Tales from the Deep”, a graphic novel anthology which will…

Intimate performance of Sarah Kane’s “4:48 Psychosis”

Intimate performance of Sarah Kane’s “4:48 Psychosis”

Grace Smith’s production of Sarah Kane’s “4.48 Psychosis” at the Lewisham Fringe Festival took its audience on an emotional rollercoaster as it chronicled a woman’s depression and contemplations of suicide. The play’s title stems from the time, 4:48am, when the depressed Kane would often wake. The subject is particularly challenging…

Emerging artists given chance of 2015 residencies

Emerging artists given chance of 2015 residencies

A Bethnal Green film and photography company has announced the return of its 2015 residency programme London-based artists. Applications are now open for the second round of the FATHOM programme by Four Corners, a gallery that describes itself as “London’s centre for film and photography”. It will include work-in-progress events…

Ali Smith’s “How to be Both” secures Goldsmiths Prize

Ali Smith’s “How to be Both” secures Goldsmiths Prize

Ali Smith has been awarded the Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction for her latest novel How to be Both. Smith was awarded £10,000 prize money for her work, which was placed on a shortlist of six books in October. How to be Both was published in two versions, each switching…

Croydon film company shoots short film “Home”

Croydon film company shoots short film “Home”

Matthew Morgan is already making his name as an actor both on stage and on screen. Having turned his hand to writing and directing, he is looking forward to the production of his second short film “Home”. Spiralhouse Pictures is the film production company that Morgan, 20, from Croydon, founded as…

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Russell Brand opens charity mosaics in Hackney Downs

Comedian Russell Brand revealed how community spirit can transform urban spaces when he unveiled the result of nine month’s hard work by a local charity in Hackney Downs yesterday. A “curious structure” in Hackney Park was transformed into an impressive piece of artwork by The Hackney Mosaic Project, a scheme…

Award-winning film and theatre at Lewisham Fringe

Award-winning film and theatre at Lewisham Fringe

A fortnight of new plays, sketches, comedy, music and film is on offer at The Lewisham Fringe Festival. The festival, which began on Tuesday and will continue until Sunday 16, is held at The London Theatre, Britain’s smallest purpose built theatre, on New Cross Road. Artistic Director, Harry Denford said…

Explore London’s art scene in weekend exhibition trail

Explore London’s art scene in weekend exhibition trail

Follow the contemporary art road this week on a three-day trail around Hackney and North London. ArtRabbit, an online community for the art world, has organised the Art Trail to celebrate the launch of their new, international website. Twenty exhibitions will be shown and some spaces will be holding special…

Dine with the dead at new curiosity museum

Dine with the dead at new curiosity museum

It houses mummified babies, two-headed sheep and mermaids and is opening its doors to the public this week. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in Hackney has received generous public donations to make it the UK’s only curiosity museum. It will open on Friday November 7. The museum is a…