Summer events: for sunshine or rain!

Photo: Jeremy M Farmer, DIZZEE RASCAL

As the sunshine of last weekend gives way to more showery days, here at East London Lines we have sought out some upcoming summer events which do not require sun.  Hopefully, the better weather will return next week for the start of the major arts event, the Create10 Festival in Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

The upcoming week is an excellent time for residents along the East London Line to experience some local art, and what better excuse to hide inside from the rain than being in an art gallery!

Perienne Christian, an acclaimed local artist, will be exhibiting her work at the cueB gallery in Brockley, starting tomorrow, June 9, and running until June 22.

Christian specialises in drawing and prints, and recently completed a one-year residency at Kensington Palace. If it’s good enough for the Royals then it’s good enough for us!!

The cueB gallery, situated within the Brockley Mess café, aims to show good quality, exciting and stimulating work of local, national and international artists, hoping to reach a wider audience than mainstream galleries.

For more information visit their respective websites at: Perienne Christian or cueB

At Canary Wharf, The 15th annual London Motorexpo is back. Up to 40,000 visitors are expected to attend where they will be able to inspect some top of the range cars, including the latest vehicles from top manufacturers including Alpha Romeo, Jaguar and Bentley, use interactive displays and go on a test drive around London.

The event runs until June 13, open Monday – Saturday10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. Visit the website for more details.

June 19 sees the start of the CREATE10 festival, a six week long event showcasing artists and creative venues from East and South East London. The festival is taking place in the five host boroughs for the 2012 Olympics, including East London Line boroughs Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Here at East London Lines we always knew the area was special, and now it has been confirmed with the information that more than 12,000 artists are living and working in the area, making it Europe’s largest cultural quarter.

The festival plays host to international stars such as Dizzee Rascal, Paloma Faith and Tracey Emin. But it’s not all about art and music; attendees will also be able to enjoy theatre, walks, talks, workshops and dance. Keep your eyes peeled for more on the festival on East London Lines.

This Friday sees the beginning of a month of events at the Rich Mix Cafe and Bar in Bethnal Green, called the ” Afro Cup Festival.” The festival celebrates the South African World Cup, the first ever major sporting event in Africa and also the 50th year of independence for 17 African nations. The pub will be playing all World Cup matches on a 15x10ft screen, and guests will also be able to enjoy a festival bonanza of African music, arts and culture.  All events are free, visit the website for a more detailed line-up of the goings on.

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