October 10 – October 17: Disobedience or Cinephilia?

Dance Disobedience. Pic: Skateistan

Dance Disobedience. Pic: Skateistan

October is here for good and lots of exciting happenings come with it. Whether you would like to sit down and indulge in international quality film screenings or dance celebrating the multicultural character of the area, East London offers a wide range of choices.

Tower Hamlets

Lindsay Seer’s ‘Entangled2’ exhibition

From October 9 - December 1

42-44 Copperfield Road , London E3 4RR

"In Entangled2 (Theatre II) Lindsay Seers returns to the androgynous themes present in her 2009 work It has to be this Way at Matt's Gallery. Entangled2 presents the Victorian music hall legends Hetty King and Vesta Tilly (both male impersonators) performed by contemporary actors.

Entangled2 mirrors Seers’ ongoing investigation towards the synthesising of classic dichotomies between self/other, male/female, truth/lies. Seers treats the past as a myth made of parts that seem to make a coherent whole, of which every element is true but a lie is created in the collaging of these fragments as a misconstrued totality."

Admission is free but booking is essential.

Call 020 8983 1435 to reserve your place. Places are strictly limited to 2 people per screening. The work will be shown on the quarter of every hour from 11am until 6pm, seven days a week (last screening will be at 5.45pm).

More info here.

Haiku Salut Lamp Show

Saturday October 12 at 8pm

St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

In the band’s London debut, a spectacular show of 20 household lamps will be on stage and programmed to flicker in time to the music.

More info here.

Yeah yeah yeah: The story of modern pop 

The story of modern pop. Pic: Rough Trade East

The story of modern pop. Pic: Rough Trade East

Wednesday October 16 at 7pm

Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL

Book lauch with Bob Stanley and guests.

"Founding member of Saint Etienne, Bob Stanley will launch his book in London by hosting an evening of discussion, music and pop-nostalgia with a panel of guests including Green Gartside (Scritti Politti) and author and journalist Sian Pattenden (Smash Hits, NME, The Face). This unique event will take place at Rough Trade East, giving music fans a chance to hear about the story of modern pop, in London and beyond, from a selection of its informed aficionados and key players. Yeah Yeah Yeah is the first book to look back at the entire era: what we gained, what we lost, and the foundations we laid for future generations. It will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place."

Book your ticket here.

Women’s Environmental Network’s Autumn Gathering

Wednesday October 16, 10.30am - 3pm

Teviot Centre, Wyvis street, Poplar, London, E146QD

A "learning-rich day, packed with talks, workshops, delicious food, and harvest a-plenty. Workshops include growing winter crops and using natural plant-dyes” as well as “free lunch AND a guided tour of four local community gardens."

No booking required.

More info at http://www.wen.org.uk/



John Akomfrah’s Stuart Hall film screening for Black History Month

Pic: Black History Month.

Pic: Black History Month.

Thursday October 10 at 8pm

Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX

More info here.

Harriet Harman visits Goldsmiths

Thursday October 17 at 6pm

More info here.


Dahlia's Wall Hanging for Black History Month

Saturday October 12, 11 am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower , Katharine Street, CR9 1ET :

Create an artistic wall hanging inspired by the museum’s collection.

More info here.



Dance&Disobedience Festival

Saturday October 12

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, London

The festival includes the events below:

- Exhibition for Playful Protagonists: This exhibition will bring the vibrancy and energy of the streets into the belly of the Rich Mix venue; ‘’A collaborative show of emerging artists hosts a mixture of work that is inspired by street culture, urban playfulness, international solidarity and protest, and the unifying power of music. This exhibition will be teeming with images and sounds that reflect a world of ideas and struggles.‘’

- The Market of Mayhem: ‘’The market place is a space of exchange and communication and to reflect this D&D's daytime program hosts spoken word, puppetry and films that will have a consciously motivated message to encourage talking, laughing and sharing. The market brings together stalls from charities and campaign groups who are supporting this event, creators of original merchandise and crafts from artisans and designers.’’

- The Main Event: A night of beats, fusions, battles, drums, funk, hiphop and amazing eye-popping performances including the world's first Beatboxing vs Samba Band slam-jam-break-down collaboration.

Dance and Disobedience Exhibition

Wednesday October 9 - Saturday October 19

Rich Mix’s Lower Café Gallery

‘’Across the world the streets are the playground for the dispossessed spaces that are reclaimed by skaters, protesters, artists and musicians using the walls as a forum for expression rather than seeing them as barriers. Fusing music, dance, visual arts, words and fashion Dance & Disobedience makes it possible for these disparate groups to create a shared narrative and find common ground - a celebration of the connections found in the urban environment.’’

Entry is free for all D&D events but booking is required.

 Dance Disobedience. Pic: Skateistan

Dance Disobedience. Pic: Skateistan

For more information visit the websites: www.dancedisobedience.com & www.womatrust.org

London Film Festival screenings  

The 54th BFI London Film Festival brings lots of festival screenings in East London venues. We chose a few:

Late at night: Voices of ordinary madness (2013) by Xiaolu Guo

Thursday October 10 at 6.30pm

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, London

‘’Xiaolu Guo’s latest film is a documentary about the personal and physical journeys of the people of London’s East End. Herself an immigrant to the area, Guo’s sensitive character studies hint at an affinity with the push and pull of feelings of alienation, a theme she has previously explored as a filmmaker (She a Chinese, LFF 2009) and novelist (A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers). This empathy is also apparent in her playful stylistic approach that layers Warhol-esque news reports, archival material and a soundtrack including Linton Kwesi Johnson and Fela Kuti, to comment on the human cost of capitalism. The resulting film is both a penetrating portrait of a frenetic place that feels deeply authentic, and a powerful piece of protest film." (Words by Jemma Desai)

Ilo Ilo (2013) by Anthony Chen

Sunday October 13 at 1pm

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, London

"Deservedly awarded the Camera d’Or winner for best debut feature at Cannes, Ilo Ilo is a delicate but devastating study of a modern affluent family and its vulnerabilities. Set in Singapore before and during the financial downturn of 1997, working couple, Hwee Leng and Teck, decide they need a live-in maid to do the chores and to take care of their errant young son, Jiale. When gentle Teresa (Terry) arrives from the Philippines, having had to leave her own son in order to earn money for his keep, Jiale immediately starts to cruelly play up. Terry’s arrival exposes the failings in the family that have led to Jiale’s bad behaviour and we quickly come to understand the domineering attitude of Hwee Leng is terrifying Teck into keeping secrets. Played with much humour and pathos, Ilo Ilo’s strength is that it so subtlety builds its emotional punch, you don’t see it coming." (words by Helena de Witt)

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013) by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani 

Sunday October 13 at 8.45pm

Hackney Picturehouse  (Screen 1) 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE

"Following Amer, their acclaimed love letter to Italian giallo, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani return to psychedelic 1970s Euro-horror with another visceral exercise in operatic violence and perverse eroticism. Following the disappearance of his wife, a man enters a web of intrigue as he tries to uncover her whereabouts. Traversing the labyrinthine halls of his apartment building, he encounters inhabitants whose tales of sensuality and sadism play out before him. With an unconventional approach to narrative, Cattet and Forzani have created a sensory experience that’s more dream than traditional film, often forgoing dialogue in favour of instinctual storytelling. From its gloriously evocative title to its visionary execution, this is a gift to fans of exploitation cinema; pitched to perfection and delivering devious surprises with every blood-splattered frame." (words by Michael Blyth)

Silent Souls (2009) by Alexei Fedorchenko

Sunday October 13 at 1pm

Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB

"A lyrical and mysterious road movie that creates its own unsettling atmosphere in an eloquent exploration of culture, tradition, belief and love. A husband who still is deeply in love with his dead wife sets out with a friend to bury her. The characters are Merjan, descendants of a 400-year-old Finnish tribe once native to part of western Russia. They have their own language, but most strikingly different are their rituals of marriage and death and grief. Director Alexei Fedorchenko captures the strange and unsettling atmosphere of this lost world in a fascinating and intriguing piece of poetic cinema."

Feel London

Nike 1948 Store, Arches 477 – 478, Bateman's Row, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HH.

Art-science of fit. Pic: Universal Everything

Art-science of fit. Pic: Universal Everything

This October Nike is inviting the world to Shoreditch to celebrate, explore and interact with the art and science of feeling featuring artist installations, workshops, events, performances and workouts all inspired by the Nike Free Hyperfeel. Brought to London by cutting edge artists and athletes, Feel London celebrates and re-defines the innovations behind the Nike Free Hyperfeel.

ELL picked a discussion and a workshop from the various events:

Interpreting Feeling

Saturday October 12, 1-2pm

A panel discussion hosted by It’s Nice That, with Japanese creative collective Rhizomatiks, UK-based studio Universal Everything and the Nike Innovation Kitchen. Together they will discuss the inspiration behind the Nike Free Hyperfeel and how it feeds into the world of art and science.

Feel of Running

Monday October 14, 9am - 5pm

A day long workshop run by future textile designer Shamees Aden, barefoot runner Kris Rai and the Nike Innovation Kitchen. As inspiration participants will take part in a specially commissioned 'feel' run around East London before creating their own tactile foot casting.

All events are free but booking is required. For more info and a list of the full events go here.

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