What’s on this week

'Where Next' Pic: Jo Holdsworth

Brockley Christmas Market

Date: December 8, 12-6 PM

Where: Brockley Station, Coulgate Street, London, SE4 2, United Kingdom

Cost: Free

About: Run by Brockley Cross Action Group, this Christmas market will feature over 72 stalls selling all sorts of Christmas goodies and food. You can also listen to live music, sip mulled wine and help raise money for the local community.

The event is being hosted by the Brockley Cross Action Group, a local charity working to improve the area around Brockley Cross and Brockley Station.

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SFSA Painting Open 2018

Date: December 7-16, 1-8 PM

Where: Second Floor Studios & Arts, CRS Building, Foreshore, Deptford, SE8 3BA

Cost: Free

About: For the third year running, SFSA Painting Open brings artists and buyers together to showcase the work of local painters. The show will feature over 100 artists and a wide range of traditional and experimental painting techniques.

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Jazz in the Afternoon

Date: December 9, 4-7 pm

Where: The Clarendon Hotel, 8-16 Montpelier Row, Blackheath, London, SE3 0RW

Cost: Free

About: Ron Bowater, an acclaimed pianist who has appeared at many of London’s top venues, will be playing a Sunday afternoon Jazz session at Chart Bar. He will also be accompanied by bassist David Silk and vocalist, Jacci Norris to provide an afternoon of Christmassy jazz.

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Sites and Scene Exhibit 

Date: December 6- 15, 10-6 pm

Where: BEARSPACE, 152 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3PQ

Cost: Free

About: The work of five artists, inspired by the surrealist movement of the early twentieth century, have been put on display at BEARSPACE.

The curator, Christ Hawtin, describes the works as “alien, perhaps alienating, yet remain recognisable – not something imaginably esoteric but something one step removed from the homely, familiar sites of both figuration and abstraction.”

The artists to be featured are Bella Easton, John Greenwood, Chris Hawtin, Joseph Stokes, Filippos Tsitsopoulos

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The War on Imagination Book Launch

Urban Maker's Christmas fair Pic: Urban Makers

Date: December 7, 6pm

Where: Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 2PA

Cost: Free

About: Dr Rachel Jane Liebert is launching her book, Psycurity: Colonialism, Paranoia, and the War on Imagination, and inviting psychologists, activists and members of the public to an evening of readings and performances. The aim of the night is to “reflect about our responsibility during times of intensifying white supremacy and breathlessness.”

Liebert’s book looks at white supremacist attacks and considers the psychology of paranoia that hides behind and stabilises it.

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Joshua Alexander & Steven J Fowler: The Animal Drums

Date: December 13, 7pm

Where: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX

Cost: £9.50

About: A collaborative film between poet SJ Fowler and moving image artist Joshua Alexander, The Animal Drums deals with the English attitude to mortality. It also deals with the influence of space and conformity. The film will be introduced by Welsh writer and filmmaker, Ian Sinclair.

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Urban Makers Christmas Market

Date: December 8-9, 11-5 pm

Where: Mile End Park, Haverfield Road off Grove Road, London, E3 5TW

Cost: Free

About: The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End will showcase the work of over 100 different independent designers at the annual Urban Makers Christmas Market.

Visitors will be able to buy hundreds of unique and festive gifts. Italian artist, Naomi Vona, will also be running a workshop demonstrating how to wrap the perfect present!

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Independent ceramics market Pic: Hackney flea market

Caribbean Christmas Fair

Date: December 8, 12-4pm

Where: 8 Palatine Road, Stoke Newington, Hackney, London, N16 8SX

Cost: Free

About: A Christmas fair with a twist- beautiful crafted gifts, festive food and drink and handmade Christmas decorations all with a Caribbean theme. Local traders will be at the fair selling their goods and bands will also play live music.

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Independent Ceramics Market

Date: December 9, 11-6pm

Where: Grow, 98C Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN.

Cost: £1

About: A market showcasing over 90 independent ceramic artists, selling unique and original work. Many of the artists are current students, as well as up-and-coming graduates just getting started in their careers.

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Dirtwire- Swamptronic

Date: December 14, 8pm

Where: Hackney Flea Market, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road London, England, E1 6LA

Cost: Free

About: Dirtwire, a band from the west coast of the United States, are touring in support for their new record “road goes all night.” Even though they’ve toured all over the world, they have decided to stop off in Hackney Wick.

Music critics have found it hard to pinpoint their style- Spaghetti-Step and Electro Twang are just some of the names their music style has been given!

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Croydon Christmas Pic: Pixabay Croydon

Christmas at The Halls

Date: December 8, 10am

Where: Stanley Halls, 12 S Norwood Hill, London, SE25 6AB

Cost: Free

About: The local community in Croydon will be getting together at Stanley Halls to celebrate Christmas. The market will feature thirty stalls selling various crafts, as well as lots of opportunities to buy Christmassy food and drink.

They will also being debuting their Christmas show created by Skewbald Theatre, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker.’ Based on the traditional fairy tale about a shoemaker wanting to repay elves that have been making his shoes, the play will use shadow puppetry to tell the story.

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Wetherspoons Brexit Pub Tour

Date: December 7, 2.30 pm

Where: The Skylark, 34–36 South End, Croydon, London, CR0 1DP

Cost: Free

About: Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin will join pub-goers in Croydon to try and sell Brexit to the people. The chain boss will be visiting over 100 Wetherspoons across the country over the next two months to speak about the benefits of a ‘no deal Brexit.’

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Don't Dis-Ability - Celebrating the Abilities of Those with Disabilities

Date: December 12, 5.54- 9pm

Where: Boxpark Croydon, 99 George St, London, CR0 1LD

Cost: Free

About: Don't Dis-Ability will showcase the talents of people with disabilities, while also raising awareness about the experiences of disabilities. The event will feature live music, dance, comedy, DJ’s and guest speakers.

The event will be opened Cllr Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council, and Cllr Jane Avis.

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