What’s on this week?

Customers at The Record Deck UK in Hackney Pic: The Record Deck UK

Catford Christmas Food Market

Date: November 25, 10am - 4pm

Where: Catford Broadway SE6 4SN

Costs: Free

About: Christmas fun for everyone @catfordfoodmarket where there will be street food, hand tied wreaths & bouqets and free kids crafts!  Join Charlotte Gainbury (@Huckelberri1) and Tamara Fraud (@mosaicallsorts) for splatter art, bauble and mosaics making.

The seasonal thrills don’t end there, with carol singing and the Christmas light switch on taking place at 4pm.  

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Artist Open House - Pop Up Event

Date: 24 & 25 November, 11am - 6pm

Where: 10 Walters Way SE23 3LH

Costs: Free

About: A festive open house pop-up showcasing work by local artists and designers of Art, Textiles, Jewellery, Floristry and Poetry.  There will be plenty of beautiful and unique items all available to buy.

The pop-up event is run by Handmade Collective London (@Handmade_LDN), a group of South East London designers, makers & artists who support local businesses and make everything handmade.

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Hear it Live!

Date: 27 November, 3.30pm - 4.15pm

Where: Music Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Costs: Free

About: The afternoon will showcase performances from Violist Jill Valentine and Clarinettist Jernej Albregt playing some true classics by Georg Philipp Telemann, W.A. Mozart and Charles Dancla.

Hear it Live is the perfect chance to broaden your knowledge of instruments too with talks on the musical instrument collection which includes a 1772 Kirckman Harpsichord.

This event runs on the last Tuesday of every month.

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World AIDS Day Red Run

Date: 01 December, 10.50am - Late (after party at People’s Park Tavern)

Where: Victoria Park. St Augustine’s Hall, Cadogan Terrace, London E9 5EG

Costs: £18 to enter the race, free to attend

About: The World AIDS Day Red Run is a 10k or 5k charity run through leafy Victoria Park, East London to support 40 essential HIV charities across the UK.  

The day is full of entertainment as Drag girl band superstars DENIM take centre stage as the Red Run Mistresses of Ceremonies and inspirational coach Madam Storm will send the runners of with her inimitable Power Strut.  Before and during the run, legendary DJs Horse Meat Disco will keep everyone uplifted with plenty of tunes.

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Shifting Times Exhibition

Date: 23 November - 21 December, 6pm 9pm

Where: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, E1 6TD

Costs: Free

About: Shifting Times by UK-based duo, Kai & Sunny, showcases their uniquely distinguishable compositions of acrylic paintings and archival ballpoint pen works.  

The exhibition focuses on two concepts; flowing landscapes and sharp-edged geometrics so there is something for everyone, and will be their 5th solo gallery show to date.

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Write for Rights

Date: 29 November, 6pm - 9pm

Where: Cafe from Crisis LDN, 64 Commercial St, E1 6LT

Costs: Donations Welcome

About: Write for Rights is an annual Amnesty International campaign, there will be seasonal cards provided for you to write messages of support to some of the most incredibly brave people in the world.  

This year the theme is Women Defending Humanity, head on down for a night of letter writing, seasonal solidarity and some beer or wine from the Cafe.  

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Creativity In Our Hands Craft Fair

Date: 24 November, 12pm - 4pm

Where: Stoke Newington High Street N16 7NY

Costs: Free

About: This is an event for those with a creative flair, come down and browse through the inspiring selection of stalls showing creative and decorative items including illustrative art.   

A great opportunity to support your local businesses, designers, artists and craft makers who supply all the stalls.

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Experience the art of tea leaf reading

Date: 27 November, 2pm - 3pm

Where: White Lodge Mansion, Springfield Park, Hackney, E5 9EF

Costs: £20

About: Discover the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) in the stunning Springfield Park and it’s homely cafe before it closes for the park-wide refurbishment.  

You can choose from a range of loose leaf teas which are included in the cost. Just bring your enthusiasm and learn from a master.

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The Record Deck

Date: Until further notice

Where: River Lea, Springfield, Hackney

Costs: Free

About: The UK’s only floating record shop stocks everything from Hank Williams to Chas & Dave’s Christmas Knees Up in a 1,000 strong collection.

The Record Deck owned by Luke Guilford has been in repairs for months and is now back on the water.  Check it out for the edgiest shopping trip of your life.

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Aladdin Panto

Date: 24 November - 06 January, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 7pm

Where: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ

Costs: £10- £42

About: This much-loved panto has been run for a whopping two decades with Susie McKenna and Steve Edis at the helm. The performance is adorned with handpainted backdrops, pop songs, a diverse cast and lots of rude jokes.  

After a couple of years away, the briliant Dame Clive Rowe is confirmed to return for this year’s run and will star alongside telly comedian Temeka Empson of Eastenders and 3 Non Blondes.  

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Companion to a Fall Exhibition

Date: 23 November - 15 December, Wed - Sat, 11am - 5pm

Where: Turf Projects, 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Centre, Croydon, CR0 1UQ

Costs: Free

About: Companion to a Fall is a sculptural installation by London artist Kira Freige which focuses on two topics; complicity and culpability.

How do you choose which thoughts to embody or enact? How does your moral compass affect your progress through life, does it inhibit you? Find out at Turf Projects.  

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Croydon Clocktower Gallery

Date: 20 November - 08 December

Where: The Museum of Croydon, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET

Costs: Free

About: The Clocktower Gallery is Croydon Art Societies 129th annual exhibition of member’s work.

Each year the Croydon art society, founded in 1881, show works by their members for sale, take this chance to get some local art on your wall.

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Christmas Light Switch On

Date: November 29, 7.30pm

Where: Boxpark Croydon, 99 George Street, CR0 1LD

Costs: Free

About: Popular grime duo Krept and Konan will be turning on the Christmas lights at Boxpark Croydon, marking the beginning of the festive season. The night is set to provide for all with street food vendors; Coqfighter, Kubo, Fish and Wings and Tings, turning out in force to serve up treats throughout the evening.

Boxpark Croydon will be providing even more festive cheer throughout the season with Christmas movie screenings, a Made in Croydon craft market, a wreath making workshop, DJ nights and parties.  

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