September 27 – October 3: Celebrating cultural diversity

The Little General (Pinball Machine), 1967–8 by Öyvind Fahlström. Photo: Raven Row.

The Little General (Pinball Machine), 1967–8 by Öyvind Fahlström. Photo: Raven Row.

This week, there is a wide range of new potentially new experiences on offer in East London. From Latin American theatre to psychedelic art, there will definitely be something to entice you over the next seven days.

In it to Swing It: Down For The Count (Tickets £4-£6)

Friday September 27 - Saturday September 28, 8.30pm - 12.30am

Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, Mare St, E8 1HE

Down for the Count is a jazz, swing band that will be performing at Hackney Picturehouse. The band has performed alongside the likes of Elton John, KT Tunstall, Suzi Quatro and Il Divo and has an extensive repertoire. Members will have access to a swing dance workshop an hour before.

Clapton Festival (FREE)

Saturday September 28, 11:00am - 6:00pm

St. John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD

Clapton will host a free music and food festival this Saturday. Based in the gardens of St. John in Hackney and local shops and venues, the festival will feature live music, children's activities and art. The evening will end with DJ sets.

CASA Latin American Theatre Festival 2013 (£5-£16 with various free events available)

Friday September 27  - Sunday October 6

At the Rich Mix, Barbican Centre, The Calthorpe Project, and The Institute of Latin American Studies

CASA Latin America Theatre Festival is returning to London for its sixth year to showcase an outstanding collection of theatre from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador alongside work by upcoming UK-based Latin American theatre-makers.

The ten-day long festival will feature live music events, visual arts exhibitions, debates and workshops.

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Reflections From Damaged Life: An Exhibition On Psychedelia (FREE)

Thursday September 26 - Saturday December 14, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, E1 7lS

Raven Row is hosting a psychedelic arts exhibition this autumn. The exhibition sets out to question the definition of psychedelic art and examine the artistic practices and drug culture that transformed the perception of the artists.

This free display transcends different cultures and attempts to contextualize psychedelic art by looking at its history from the 50s to the present day.

Tricity Vogye's Ukulele Cabaret & Workshop (Tickets £7 or £12 including workshop)

Sunday September 29, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Albany Centre and Theatre, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG

Cabaret siren Tricity Vogue is returning to the Albany this Sunday, ukulele in hand, for an evening of warm and fun entertainment.

For booking, contact

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (£13, £10 conc. [Tues-Sat only])

Tuesday October 1 - Saturday October 19, 7:45pm – 9:30pm

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

Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize winning drama will be performed at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre. The dark and dreamy tale shows a girl's struggle to cope with growing up by relying on science for her sanity.

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Mind, Body and Soul Fair (Tickets £4 adults, FREE under 16s)

Saturday September 28, 1:30pm - 6:30pm

Phoenix Community Centre, 66 Westow Street, Upper Norwood, SE19 3AF

Phoenix Community Centre is hosting a Mind, Body and Soul Fair this Saturday. The event will feature tarot card readings, therapists, psychics and a wide range of stalls.

Each ticket sold will be donated to Demelza Hospice Care for Children. There will also be a workshop on Psychic Development, which will cost £5.

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