Making it a summer of grime in Dalston

Grimeborn 2010: like Glydeborne, but better-looking. Photo: Arcola. Words: Amy Lacey

The Grimeborn Festival returns to the Arcola Theatre in Dalston throughout this August for the fourth successive yearElsewhere, the Horniman Museum, Lewisham, plays host to Celebrate Africa Live this weekend, whilst back in Dalston the Four Roses summer speakeasy’s music and booze night crashes the Dalston Superstore after a successful event last month at The Britannia, Victoria Park. Next weekend, the LED dance festival comes to Victoria Park, you can WIN TICKETS here:

As a dirtier alternative to the famous Glyndebourne Opera Festival in East Sussex, Grimeborn Festival in East London will see up-and-coming directors, composers and designers show off their talent from the 9th-21st of August. The Arcola Theatre will swap the leafy surroundings of Glyndebourne for the concrete buildings and congestion of Dalston, however it’s in its fourth  year and hasn’t deterred people so far. Curated by the director and actor Andrew Steggall (director of The Soldier’s Tale, the Old Vic) offerings include Burke & Waterfield – SPILT MILK on the 11th and 12th August and Britten – THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA on the 14th. Tickets are £12 and shows start at 8pm.

For something a little different that is sure to make a regular Saturday more vibrant, Celebrate Africa at the Horniman allows you to experience the African culture with a relaxed and friendly workshop (2-3pm, Saturday 14th) that can help you learn and sing some of the traditional call and response songs of Ghana. Tickets are £5, further information is available here and on 020 8699 1872.

And as a possible date for the diary, Dalston Superstore on Kingsland High Street is holding the Four Roses Summer Speakeasy on the 19th of August. Tickets are free, but you need to book  or if they sell out go to and fill in an entry form to win some. Entries close on 27.09.2010.

David Guetta, Leftfield, Goldfrapp and Calvin Harris are just some of the names appearing at LED in Victoria Park on 27 and 28 August. To get day tickets for £40 or £32 for students click here or to try your luck at winning some from Bluewater shopping centre click here, competition closes Monday 23 August.

By Amy Lacey

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