This weekend, East London not only sees temperatures of up to 30oC, but some amazing events all the way along the East London Line. So, if the football or the tennis are not for you and you didn’t get a ticket for Glastonbury, then art, comedy and exercise are all on offer this week, with a wide range of events for everyone.
Lewisham residents should make their way to the town centre on the high street Saturday to see the T-Mobile and Laban Big Dance team who will be teaching a routine to ‘Walking On Sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves to whoever wants to take part. Be there 11.30am – 3pm and brings your dancing shoes.
Next stop: Tower Hamlets, and CREATE10 is still going strong, and will be celebrating the Olympics until July 1 at Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria Park and Wilton’s Music Hall.
As the sun sets on Wheeler’s Bike Week in the Hamlets, there will be a ride at Green Bridge, Mile End at 10am, free for anyone who wants to take part. It is 20 miles in total, with a nice cup of tea waiting in Battersea Park and a Picnic at the climax in Richmond Park.
On Friday and Saturday, art exhibition “We nicked it, it’s ours” comes to Hackney in Studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch Street. It is created by eight artists who met studying at Kent University, and show their resourcefulness in finding art in family photos, the human body and the use of clay. This is suitable for all ages, and is a chance to see some contemporary art up close.
Events that are still on in Hackney include: Hackney Comedy Bin showcasing 15 stand-up comics; King’s Cross Award for New Playwriting in the UK and Canada’s Under 30 National Playwriting Award winner “Mother of Him” is on at The Courtyard Theatre; and a Women’s archive inspired exhibition being shown at The Women’s Library called “Out of the archives”.
Spitalfields’ Festival runs until the 26th June. An astounding collection of events are offered from classical to modern pop, all passionately performed by artists and musicians both local and international. See our review of Melvyn Tan’s piano recital.
Ethical Just Got Fabulous on Saturday at The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5L. It brings together ethically produced fashion and lifestyle brands that are “on-trend” and “fabulous. Go see.
Croydon Clocktower will be hosting Chris Wood on Saturday. Wood was voted BBC Radio 2’s folk singer/songwriter and guitarist of last year. He is described as “an uncompromising writer who weaves the traditions of story telling with his own contemporary parables.” Tickets cost £10 and starts at 8pm.
Fairfield Halls are holding another great night out on Friday. The Croydon Comedy Club is going to be previewing acts going to the Edinburgh Festival on August 4. Stephen Carlin and Sara Pascoe will be taking to the stage to test out some jokes on the people of Croydon. Tickets cost £9.