November 14-20: Arts fairs & festivals across the boroughs

Secondhand book fair. Pic: Shaun

Secondhand book fair. Pic: Shaun

November 14-20

Whether you’re in the mood for a reading by the river or a behind the scenes museum tour, chances are you’ll find it in the EastLondonLines boroughs this week.

Here we bring you the best cultural events across Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Croydon this week.

Meet the Curators at Hackney Museum

14 November

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Meet the curators behind Hackney Museum’s Black History Month “Sanofka” exhibition, hosted by Curator and Collections Officer Sue McAlpine. Explore the themes and debates raised in the process of putting the collection together and get the chance to ask your questions. All ages are welcome.


Hoxton Vintage Variety Fair

16 November

1:00pm – late

Hoxton Street, N1 6SH

The weekly Hoxton Market will be taken over by Hoxton Hall for a fundraiser this Saturday to raise money for restoration of their music hall. Pieces from the Hoxton Hall costume department will be on sale alongside the usual market wares.

There will also be a vintage tea dance at 2pm, a Victorian saloon style theatre with live music in the evening and a chance to see the new photography exhibition: “Archive Imagining the East End.”


Goldsmiths Row Book Market

17 November

9:00am - 4:00pm

Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA

At the junction of Hackney Road and Columbia Road flower market you‘ll find the Goldsmiths Row Book Market. The market sellers offer a wealth of second hand and rare titles, particularly in art, design and photography.  The market is the start of the “mile of markets” held in the East End every weekend.

Sydenham Community Library book sale

16 November


Sydenham Community Library, Sydenham Road, SE26 5SE

Grab a classic at bargain price this Saturday at Sydenham Community Library’s book sale. If all the rummaging proves thirsty work, there will also be tea, coffee and cake on offer.


Ni Hao Deptford! At the Deptford lounge

17 November


Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ

Goldsmiths Confucius Institute presents a day of Chinese performance and arts. Have a go at calligraphy, learn a Chinese folk dance or watch Tai Chi experts show you how it’s done. There will also be screenings of cartoons to keep the children entertained while you enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.


Pinocchio with Michael Rosen and Hiccup Theatre

17 November

Performances at 1:00pm & 3:00pm

The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG

Perfect for a family day out, author Michael Rosen and Hiccup Theatre have put together a modern version of the children’s classic Pinocchio, featuring live music, puppetry and physical storytelling.

Readings by the River with Sathnam Sanghera

14 November


Wapping Project glasshouse, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, E1W 3SG

Award winning author of ‘The Boy with the Topknot’ Satham Sanghera will be discussing his works, writing biographies and Indian weddings. The talk is part of the ‘Readings by the River’ series, curated by author Erica Wagner. Other visiting writers include Jeanette Winterson and Lionel Shriver.


Write Idea Festival

15 - 17 November

Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU

East London’s free literary festival is in its fifth year and will be celebrating talent from fiction, poetry, TV and radio writing. Talks include ‘A Greedy Man in a Hungry World’ by restaurant critic Jay Rayner and ‘The Importance of Being Interested’ with comedian Robin Ince.

Write Idea will also be holding a festival fringe for the first time, to celebrate more non-traditional writing such as comics and song writing. Journalist Nat Guest will curate the fringe.


Unsung at Wilton’s Music Hall

18 November


Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB

This Monday, the iconic Wilton’s Music Hall will host a one-off performance of the popular play, Unsung, followed by a Q&A with the director. The show is part of Tower Hamlets Council’s ‘A Season of Bangla Drama’, running 2-24 November.

Christmas Light Switch On

14 November

6:30pm, with events from 3pm

Croydon Town Centre

This evening, EastEnders star Steve McFadden will join the Mayor of Croydon, Yvette Cooper, to turn on the Croydon Christmas lights. The big event will be preceded by a series of street performances in the Centrale Shopping Centre and along North End, including dance from the BRIT school and the London Endurance Steel Orchestra.


Swan Lake @ Fairfield Halls

18 - 19 November


Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, CR9 1DG

The Moscow City Ballet is coming to Croydon for three nights only, with their signature performance of Swan Lake. the company are also showing The Nutcracker on the 20.


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