Avoid the usual Christmas slump with ELL’s top tips

Festive Close Down. Pic: PSoup

Festive Close Down. Pic: PSoup

As the end of the year is fast approaching, not everything will be descending into a fine winter torpor akin to the mighty Eurasian brown bear. To compensate for this light, natural slumber we have compiled a list of events, so that you can enjoy your Christmas activities without the added pressure of knowing whats on. So here’s your two-week guide to every facet of East London life. Have some fun, Merry Christmas.

Big Fish Little Fish at Spiegeltent, Winterville – Tuesday, December 23

Winterville is the base for basically every single Christmas and winter based event that you could ever hope for. This is one for the nippers (0-8) and their parents, who want to make crafts, get introduced to (temporary) tattoos at an early age and dance in side of parachutes.

Strike A Pose: Portraits From A Hackney Photo Studio – Ends January 17

A unique exhibition of the changing faces of Hackney throughout the 1970s. With a range of backgrounds, settings and clothes, there’s going to be something to interest you in the culture of the borough. Be sure to have a look at the opening hours to avoid disappointment.

Hopsterwood Special Session – Tuesday, December 30

Another one to keep the kids entertained in that peculiar limbo week where you’re not really ever sure what’s going on. Well, if you write this into your diary then you have at least one firm plan! There will be a special screening of 64 Zoo Lane with the creator, An Vrombaut, also set to make an appearance. What more could you ask for?

Darren Coffield: Psycho – Ends December 24

You’ve got one last chance to catch ex-Goldsmiths student Darren Coffield’s exhibition before it closes on Christmas Eve. The Residence Gallery is playing host to PSYCHO and you’ll be able to see his “paradox” portraits and see if they are as paradoxical as they are described to be.


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