January 10-17: Snow, sculptures, and sound effects

London Ice Sculpture Festival. Pic: Dean Ayres

Feeling the winter blues? No need – check out carvings at the Ice Sculpture Festival, learn a craft at the Flourish Fest, or get political at the ever-popular BBC Question Time. With all these cultural and creative opportunities, you are bound to start this year off on the right foot.

Behind the scenes of a West End costume department

Monday, January 14. 8-10:30pm.

Upstairs at The Prince Pub, 59 Kynaston Road, Stoke Newington, N16 OEB

Go behind the scenes and discover how West End stage costumes are produced from scratch. Stoke Newington Women’s Institute will be transporting you on the magical journey of a costume – from its initial idea to finished garment, introducing you to the many artisans and myriad of techniques involved along the way.


Kid, I Wrote Back

Monday, January 14. 7:30pm.

Café/Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

Are you ready? First-timers, and stage-virgins, perform alongside featured acts in just about the only place you can get a lucky-dip of the best poets and writers around. “Kid, I Wrote Back” is a platform for all poets and spoken word artists. It is the brainchild of Chimène Suleyman a writer and poet, and host Dylan Sage, a writer and emcee who has entertained with the likes of The Nextmen and Breaking Bread.


Flourish Fest

Tuesday, January 15. 6:30-9:30pm.

The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

The Flourish Fest will host 12 diverse speakers to show you the innovative, inspiring, enlightening stuff designed to help you and your communities flourish. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Spark+Mettle in their work to help propel young people—overcoming obstacles in their own lives—to greatness.

A few highlights include "Free Lunch Fridays: From Trash to Table," "Where to Wander: 5 Places to get Lost," and "How to Build Just about Anything."


Hans Ulrich Obrist with Peter Clarke

Wednesday, January 16. 6:30-8:30pm.

Iniva, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery continues his Conversation Project with artist and writer Peter Clarke, one of the most accomplished and versatile visual South African artists.


Sappho…in 9 fragments

January 16 to January 27.

White Rabbit Theatre, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH

Sappho…in 9 fragments is a powerful play that invokes a modern twist on a once forgotten legend. It is a politically-charged and inspirational work about Ancient Greece’s first love poet intertwined with a fearlessly romantic modern-day affair. The production’s staging captures the elusive nature of Sappho’s work by literally suspending the actor just out of reach – as the poet’s work has been since 600BC.

BBC Question Time

Thursday, January 10. 10:30pm.

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW

Goldsmiths and GSU will be hosting the prestigious and popular BBC Question Time programme. The panel includes:

Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lord Prescott – Labour Former Deputy Prime Minister

Nadine Dorries – MP for Mid Bedfordshire

John Bird – Founder of the Big Issue

Camilla Cavendish – Times Columnist


Trojan Women

January 15-February 2. 7:45pm.

Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, Brockley, London SE4 2DH

Directed by James Farrell: Troy has fallen. The city has been destroyed and its people slaughtered. The few survivors are prisoners of the Greek Army which is waiting to sail back to Greece. The army is disintegrating in the wake of its victory, but the killing continues. The fate of the prisoners hangs in the balance. Wars don't come to an end when the fighting stops.


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