E List May/June 2019 – Art is round every corner

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ISSN 2058-2196

In & Around London’S NEW EAST

May/June 2019 No 67

Art is round every corner

Fellowship is Life


As a professional illustrator many readers will already recognise your work. Where might they have seen it? Over the years I have worked on numerous projects with Laura Kerry and Artillery, the guys behind the E17 Art Trail. I was involved with the original Art Trail branding, and also the design for the Cultivate and Appetite festivals. In terms of personal work I created an illustrated map of Walthamstow (shown above) sold as a postcard. They were hand printed on a letter press by Lester Stratton (at One Creative) who did a beautiful job. It was a lot of work to produce those little postcards. I heard that a few people bought them and framed them for their walls. I have also produced a couple of other locally themed limited edition screen prints of Epping Forest and E17 which people may have seen or bought.

Alongside your regular commercial commissions it must be really nice to work locally. Walthamstow has a great community of creative people; I know quite a few amazing artists and illustrators in the local area. My wife Alyson Cummins is also a designer, working in theatre and stage design and occasionally we collaborate. I generally split my time between working from home in Walthamstow and a desk in a shared studio space in Dalston which allows me to make use of their screen printing facilities. I walk my dog every morning, either in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow marshes or Epping Forest. I find a lot of inspiration from roving around the area with the dog, and this has inspired some of my screen printing projects, but it also feeds into commercial work too. Being out and about means I know a lot of people in the area. Plus having a 16 month old son

means meeting plenty of other parents and feel even more that I’m really part of a community.

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obviously identifiable in my work? Also just taking influence from looking at things as you walk around. That all helps develop a sort of style. I hope its constantly developing, I’m always trying to find new ways to do things, even if it is within my limited style.

Away from Walthamstow who are some of your clients? I have worked on illustrations for various magazines: Wired, Time Out, The Sunday Times Magazine, amongst others and I regularly contribute illustrations to Cyclist magazine. I have also been lucky enough to work on projects with some larger organisations such as the British Library, The Institute of Physics and I even did a project with the Houses of Parliament. Do you have a career highlight to date? I am generally quite proud of the fact that I manage to earn a living doing something I love! It took me a long time to become an illustrator, for many years I was working as a graphic designer, not really doing anything particularly creative with the occasional illustration job on the side. When I eventually made the move into illustration full-time and first got an agent, I consider that a highlight – even though it was right at the start of my career. I felt validated after hoping for so long that I could do this but not necessarily believing I actually could. Since then I’ve managed to work exclusively as an illustrator which I’m very happy about. Your work is instantly recognisable. How was it discovering or creating your own style? As I said, it took a long time for me to arrive at this point, I’m a slow developer! I’m not sure how I got here. I originally studied fine art at university and then drifted through various graphic design jobs for a number of years, so I guess that all had a big influence on my work. It is pretty graphic but hopefully playful and fun. I try and take influence from places outside of illustration such as artists, Picasso is a bit of an influence and lately Jean Dubuffet, but maybe it isn’t 2

Can you tell us little about your relationship with computers. I’d say 99% of the final artwork I create is created on a computer but I usually start a project with hand-drawn sketches and scribbles in my notebook, I think it’s a great way to work, I think a lot of ideas come from the act of drawing, you get the ‘happy accidents’ that can give things a bit more charm. Sometimes when I do something very quickly to get an idea down on paper, when I look back at my drawings, I generally prefer my original sketches, say the way I drew a hand might at the time look weird so I’d draw it again and again but the first one was the best. I try and carry this way of thinking through to the computer artwork stage by working quickly and not worrying too much if things don’t align or aren’t as perfect as I imagined them. Working on a computer the temptation is to correct, undo, delete, try everything every which way possible. That can be the problem with digital artwork, you can literally do anything, so I try and give myself constraints to work within and go with the flow a bit. That way you get the speed and convenience of working digitally but you don’t get bogged down trying all sorts of effects and techniques. A lot of your commissions require the communication of often complex sometimes technical information, needing clear and easily understandable graphics. How do you approach illustrations like these? Yes a lot of work I do is very dry or technical, this is stuff where illustration can be ideal. It can make subject matter seem more friendly and inviting so hopefully encourage people to read an article or information that they might not otherwise. My approach varies, but often it begins with making sure I read the full text and brief thoroughly, then maybe just letting this ruminate in the back of my mind for a bit. I try not to worry about it too much at first.

If there’s time I’ll go for a walk with the dog or work on something else, I often find that an idea will pop into my head whilst I’m not really thinking about it, or I’ll see something, like a leaf while I’m walking around, something completely unrelated, but it might spark the embers of an idea in my mind and my subconscious will connect the dots somehow. The E17 Art Trail is 15 years old this year. What do you see as its significance for the local area? I think it’s been of massive significance in so many ways, it’s such a fantastic event. The fact that anyone can be involved means it’s so varied. It greatly contributes to the sense of community in the area, one big thing it does is that it gets people talking to each other, even if you’re not involved in the artwork, you’ll probably see some of it and engage with it somehow, so it connects people to where they live. I also think it’s put Walthamstow on the map as a place for creative people, (I know it probably always was) but I’m sure many more people have moved here at least partly because of it. That and the Victoria Line. Can we see your work anywhere during this year’s Trail? Yes! I’m exhibiting in the Art Trail for the first time this year. I will be one of the artists in the ‘Inconvenience Store’ exhibition at the E17 Art House on Hoe Street.


launching summer 2019

A R T I ST ST U D I OS A vibrant, creative hub will be launched this summer in the heart of Walthamstow Village. An exciting renovation project will provide a shared studio space for creatives, alongside a bookbinding studio and a multipurpose space that will hold workshops, exhibitions and creative activities for the local community.


WWW.B E U L A H R OA DST U D I OS . COM to find out more and register your interest in renting a studio space

My own principal reasons for making this part of London my home were its situation at the end of the Victoria Line and the M11. My reasons for staying relate mostly to the generosity and warmth of its residents, especially those working in the creative industries and the local artists, who take it upon themselves to make a difference within their own community - as well as inspiring creativity and firing the imaginations of those who live and grow up here. If you ever had any doubts about how we won the bid to be London Borough of Culture, surely the E17 Art Trail and its younger “sibling” the Highams Park Art Trail (see page 15), will convince you that our own corner of London has more artists, makers and creatives than you can shake a stick at, if shaking a stick is your thing. Celebrating its 15th year, the E17 Art Trail is always a chance to meet your neighbours, and explore places and spaces both familiar and new. Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire are the co-directors of Artillery and the driving force behind the E17 Art Trail. Famously shy, they mobilise an army of volunteers, artists, local businesses, community groups and students to create the festival which has become a “Walthamstow phenomenon”. After many unsuccessful attempts to feature them as Local Heroes, we finally cornered them in Abigail Brown’s studio hiding amongst her exquisite animal creations (page 21). Many of us have watched over the changing fortunes of the Granada/EMD cinema in Walthamstow. Waltham Forest Council have now purchased the building and plans are afoot for a three year £17 million restoration with Soho Theatre taking over the management of the venue. On page 13 you can read Richard Ashman’s interview with Soho Theatre’s Executive Director Mark Godfrey to find out what’s in store. Soho Theatre does of course have a particular reputation for hosting top notch comedy, but we don’t need to wait three years or charge up to Edinburgh to thwack our funny bones because Red Imp Comedy will once more be bringing many of the biggest comedy names to Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre for the Edinburgh previews. And, what’s more, our very own resident comedian and Red Impresario (see what I did there?) Susan Murray will be giving us a preview of her own upcoming Edinburgh Show (page 26).













Inside this issue… Walthamstow Pictorial by Adrian Callaghan


The Granada reborn


The Highams Park Art Trail


All that in our little neck of the woods - are we having a laugh? no, I kid you not.

Art Night comes to Walthamstow


Penny Rutterford, Assistant Editor.

Jason Hawkridge and the Art of Capoeira



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This year’s Edinburgh Previews at red Imp Comedy Club 26 Wonder Wings, a poem by other Theresa


E-LICIouS: Including Sean’s Tipple Tips; Madeira Wine


Tom Gaul’s A Spotter’s Guide to Local Streetlife


E-dEN: The Home directory including House doctor – Art in your home


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WALTHAMSTOW PICTORIAL A New Book by Adrian Callaghan

Lady godiva Parade, 5 August 2012. Adrian says: The parade made its way from Coventry as part of the olympics celebrations. I caught it passing Walthamstow Stadium, although I didn’t notice the Psycho image on their banner until afterwards. It’s a nice tribute to one of Leytonstone’s famous sons, Sir Alfred Hitchcock

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Left: Blackhorse & Standard Women’s Morris Dancers, Stoneydown Park Folk Festival, July 2014. right: We Are Walthamstow Protest, 1 September 2012. Adrian says “The EdL decided to march on Walthamstow and this was the day that my exhibition opened as part of the 2012 E17 Art Trail. The EdL’s final destination was a stone’s throw from my exhibition. Needless to see, it was a bit of a riot.”

Adrian Callaghan is a photographer, picture editor and proud long-time resident of East London. Having lived in both Leytonstone and Walthamstow he has recorded life on both sides of the Lea Bridge road. This month you can see highlights from his ongoing photographic blog as part of the E17 Art Trail and in his new book Walthamstow Pictorial.

With Walthamstow Pictorial Adrian documents some of the unique character (and characters) of the area. Over the last 10 years events like the Olympic Games, the EU referendum and gentrification have all changed the face of E17, but to Adrian what remains constant is the unmistakable spirit of its residents – both old and new.

To coincide with Waltham Forest becoming the first London borough of Culture, Adrian has compiled his first volume of the Walthamstow Pictorial taken from his blog on Instagram and will be exhibiting his work across the borough during June’s E17 Art Trail including the Culture Hub at One Hoe Street.

Walthamstow Pictorial can be bought from blurb.co.uk – adrian callaghan photography @Get_Callaghan

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Above: Tour de France old men, 7 July 2014. Adrian says “This is when the Tour de France came to Walthamstow. I don’t really understand why it came to East London and to be honest, I found the crowds of people spectating more interesting. I spotted these gentlemen at The Drum pub in the best seats in the house. I like to call them the Wise Men of Walthamstow Tour.” Below: Cadets, 11 November 2012. Adrian says “I had been documenting The Stow Caledonian Pipe Band and thought it would be good to capture them in action. I headed along to watch them at 2012’s Remembrance Day parade. I saw this cadet and thought he looked brilliant in his outfit, especially with the low autumnal light.”

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Above: Adrian says “Lloyd Park, a pocket of tranquility hidden behind the William Morris Gallery.� Below: The cleared site on Hoe Street awaiting work to begin on The Scene including the Empire Cinema, 19 February 2013.

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A WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT VENUE FOR WALTHAMSTOW, LONDON AND BEYOND… Waltham Forest Council’s purchase of the granada/EMD cinema during its 2019 London Borough of Culture year secures a legacy at Walthamstow’s most cherished venue. An estimated £17m three-year restoration will see Soho Theatre managing the building. Richard Ashman meets their Executive director, Mark Godfrey.

Tell me about Soho Theatre and what you do? From our roots as a small but influential fringe theatre we built our West End venue nearly twenty years ago. Soho operate as a charity and social enterprise and are now one of London’s busiest theatres showing award-winning theatre, comedy and cabaret. We have three performance spaces, a buzzing bar and annual audiences of over 180,000. Our work includes the Edinburgh Festival fringe and identifying and nurturing new talent plus working with big names. We also run education, participation and talent development for people of all ages.

You live locally, as does your Creative Director David Luff. What other connections does Soho Theatre have with the borough? We supported the Council on the previous planning issues around the Granada and with the Council’s support have worked within schools and colleges, with a local ‘Soho Young Company’ of performers, and in community projects across the borough’s parks. With the Council owning the Granada, what will your role be? We will operate it under a long-term agreement with them and deliver a year-round programme, making special discounts and priority

booking available to local residents. Education and community participation programmes will be provided and we’ll work with local schools and other groups. Although live entertainment featured regularly in the past, the building was predominantly a cinema? It will primarily present the finest comedy from the UK and internationally. A whole range of other performance will be presented, including theatre, panto, music, community events, circus or screenings. It would be a brilliant space to see a big film too, or share an experience such as the opening ceremony of the Olympics. We would be very open to theelist.co.uk 13

What else will people be able to do there? Take part in workshops, talks or take a heritage tour. Eat or drink. Families and young people will be welcome. People may want to use the foyer area during the day to meet for a coffee, chat with friends or get some work done. Will any lost features be restored? For example the large parapet outside and amazing decorative details in the foyer? The Council’s architects and heritage advisers will look carefully at this. Soho work with the Theatre’s Trust who will be knowledgeable and supportive and we would welcome thoughts from anyone who has any further information or background on the building. Many campaigned to save the building, particularly local people. A feeling of ‘emotional ownership’ prevails. How will Soho reflect the local connection? This is really important. We want the building to become a ‘local theatre with a national profile’. We won’t get full access to it for at least three years but we’re keen to talk to local groups and residents as we start planning and to work with other cultural organisations and groups without replicating anything. If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, memories or suggestions we’re keen to hear them – please email Laura@sohotheatre.com in the first instance. Much of the Granada is currently unused. It originally had 2,700 seats but once restored will seat 1,000 people. What’s the rationale behind that? In architectural and heritage terms, that capacity means the auditorium will be able to offer good seats to all, and provide the accessible facilities a 21st century audience requires. A 1,000-seat venue dedicated to comedy will sit between the intimate spaces at Soho Theatre and the bigger arenas and be a unique addition to London’s cultural landscape. What might a typical day there look like in the future? It could include parents and children popping in to the foyer in the morning and staying for a daytime comedy show. There could be afternoon creative writing workshops led by people from Waltham Forest. Early evening an event of local work in the studio and young people coming to the regular Soho

Young Company. Audiences having an early drink and bite to eat. A crowd of 1,000 to see the main comedy show. Maybe late-night cabaret and music. The Granada has an incredible history and many famous names performed there. Alfred Hitchcock probably visited too. How will visitors get to know about this? We will work with local people, heritage bodies and museums to capture it and keep the stories and legacy alive in an immediate and accessible way. As well as archives and digital information, there could be guided tours for local schools and visitors. We’ll do our best reflecting the rich heritage of the borough and past performers at the Granada such as the Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington and Johnny Cash. How far do you expect visitors will travel? Alongside local people, we hope that it will attract people from all over London and beyond. It will host some of the biggest international comedy stars and Walthamstow’s transport links are excellent.

Lee, Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Guilty Feminist, Shappi Khorsandi, Frank Skinner, Romesh Ranganathan, Shazia Mirza, Sarah Pascoe, Harry Hill, Bridget Christie, Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Nina Conti, David Baddiel and many, many more. Finally, we keep referring to it as the Granada, it’s original name. Is that what it’ll be called in the future? Not sure at this stage. We like the reference to the Granada but also think it will be important to include ‘Walthamstow’ in the title as that will help locate it and signpost the nearest tube for visitors beyond the borough. Thank you, Mark. This is the ninetieth year of the Granada, where the curtain looks set to rise to an incredible future.

What about restoring the building’s unique Christie theatre organ for concerts? That’s something for the specialists working with the Council on the development of the building to answer but we would be delighted if this is possible. 2019 is Waltham Forest’s tenure as the first London Borough of Culture. What will Soho Theatre do to build on this accolade? It was a brilliant achievement for the Council, and everyone who supported them, to win this. We hope the Granada will a big part of that legacy, not just as a physical venue but building on the whole spirit of inclusivity and engagement that has been so successful to date with LBoC.

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hearing from others interested in putting on special interest screenings or any other areas for the programme to consider.

The council envisages that restoring the whole building will have a transformative effect on the borough. Yes, it will be one of the largest capacity public buildings in Waltham Forest. As well as becoming an open-to-all hub for local people and artists, it will bring big name comedy performers attracting audiences, press and profile. We will directly create jobs at the venue and audiences will give a boost to the local evening economy. What sort of acts and names can we expect to see at the Granada in the future? The comedy will borrow and cherry pick from Soho’s programme. Too early to say right now but recently we’ve worked with Hannah Gadsby, Stewart

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Comedian and Soho Theatre Trustee Shappi Khorsandi

Going Wild About Art in Highams Park The makers behind the Highams Park Art Trail met while yarnbombing their neighbourhood. They understand the power of creativity to connect with others and build community. Penny Rutterford met one of the organisers, Claire Rain from House of Stitch, to discuss their plans. Over recent months sculptor Marshall Lambert has been transformng locally felled trees to create a series of twelve wood carvings representing local wildlife across green spaces in Highams Park for his project “Wild About Highams Park”. School groups have joined him along the way to watch these creations emerge as he carves by chainsaw. These will be on display during the Highams Park Art Trail taking place from 10–19 May. There will also be the chance to watch him at work creating the final piece. The proximity of the forest is very much at the heart of this year’s Art Trail. Its finish cooincides with the traditional Spring festival beside Highams Park lake on 19

May. A maypole with a moveable base is being created especially for this year and will then be available for loan to schools. Co-producers of the festival, Claire Rain (House of Stitch), Martha Kilner (Crafty Kilner), Kerry Phillips (Nad & Nora Crochet Creations), Jade Holt (Lila-Rose Clothes) are keen that the Highams Park Art Trail is a springboard for artistic and creative endeavour throughout the year. The Highams Park Art Trail provides a focus for people to come together and it contributes toward creating a sense of place and pride in where they live and to revive the feeling of a sociable and vibrant High Street. Finding spaces in Highams Park to display or sell work by local artists and

Top: Artwork by Claudia Bentley Right: Sun Print by Carole Nunes

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makers is an ongoing challenge and so the private spaces and studios of the Highams Park Art Trail are hugely significant in showcasing the creativity of residents. Undoubtedly, Highams Park boasts two iconic buildings: Highams Park Signal Box; and the derelict Regal Cinema. Bringing these buildings into use by residents for leisure activities has potential to make a massive impact on creating a focus for leisure activities and places to meet. Work has already started on the refurbishment of the cinema and in time for this year’s Arts Trail,

God’s Own Junkyard will be providing some neon artwork on the site to quite literally illuminate what this space can become. The team acknowledge that the Highams Park Art Trail might be in its infancy compared to the scale of the neighbouring, more established E17 Art Trail, but the generosity of residents and artists to give up their time and volunteer to create the festival is something that they are especially proud of and they can already see the exponential growth of makers and artists who are making Highams Park their home.

Left: The Favourite by Robert Cheetham. Right: Blackbird by Jenny L’Estrange.

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Watch out for posters and Trail Guides around Highams Park for the full programme of events, workshops and exhibitions. Listings can also be found on the HP Arts and Culture Facebook page.

Highams Park Art Trail 10–19 May For listings

HP Arts and Culture

Artistry Youth Dance presents Stories of the Stow. Photo © Carole Edrich www.webwandering.com

ART NIGHT The fourth edition of Art Night – London’s most popular free contemporary art festival – will take place on the night of Saturday 22 June 2019, beginning at 5pm in King’s Cross and 7pm in Walthamstow, and running through the night. Considering the ideas around Hope, Love and The Future, over 40 artistic projects and site-specific interventions will be presented in June’s Art Night Open programme. Venues in Walthamstow and King’s Cross will be activated with exhibitions and events ranging from multimedia installations, film screenings and live performances, through to karaoke, a gong sound bath, a laughter yoga workshop and the art world’s first ever football cup. Celebrating local artists and organisations throughout both festival locations, the Art Night Open programme will transform venues and public spaces including: a Polish deli, a fish-mongers, and a late

night internet cafe along Walthamstow Market, as well as King’s Cross landmarks Granary Square and Gasholder Park. Art Night’s mission to widen contemporary art audiences - connecting local venues with artists of all career stages. Various site-specific works will take over parts of Walthamstow Market – Europe’s longest market – with performance, immersive installations and karaoke. Artist Byzantia Harlow will embed herself within the community ahead of the festival to develop her second re-iteration of Grey Market (2016), working for the market stallholders and high-street shops in exchange for daily conversations,

anecdotes and memories of the market. These stories and interactions will be interwoven with fictitious narrative to inform a script for a live work performed on the evening of Art Night. Presented by Pervilion, Human Microphone, a participatory karaoke project by Dorothy Feaver & Stella Scott, will invite visitors to sustain a night devoted to one track: ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17, at Walthamstow’s The Chequers pub. Walthamstow-based artist Charlie Coffey will work closely with independent fishmongers, N&A Fish Shop. The artist will develop a new site-specific work, referencing the everyday rituals in the store, turning it into a lullaby to the Continues over… market at night. theelist.co.uk 17

Further Art Night Open projects events in Walthamstow will include: — Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre will host the very first OOF Cup, an art world five-a-side football tournament presented by the team behind the world’s first art and football magazine, OOF. Teams from Lisson Gallery, The Art Newspaper, Victoria Miro, Christie’s and a host of other art world names will battle it out for the honour of being crowned winners of the inaugural OOF Cup. Each match will be played with a ‘One World’ football, designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger. — Hervisions, a Waltham Forest-based femme and LGBTQI+ focused curating and commissioning agency, will be showcasing a selection of new media works exploring ‘hope through love in the digital age’ presented in several internet cafes and phone/computer repair shops dotted around Walthamstow. — Rambling through treasures salvaged from local waste tips, charity shops, and cupboards under the stairs at the Quaker Meeting House, artists Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins will activate hoards of Walthamstow clutter to conjure humorous interconnected stories using speech, music and action.

— The Garden Room in the Vestry House Museum will host Forcing Tastes, an experimental short film by Walthamstow-based artist Nisha Duggal, that animates the work and words of William Morris for the digital age. — Nearby at Vestry Road Playground, athlete and artist Beth Kettel will debut a new performance activating community space in the heart of Walthamstow, commissioned and produced by Forma. Drawing from collaborations with local clubs – including an all voice choir and local basketball team – Kettel will reimagine the Multi Use Games Area as an arena for meaning and trouble making. Local venues and organisations including the drawing shed, Wood Street Walls and others will host further Art Night Open events, with more details to be announced closer to the festival dates.


Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and his ‘One World’ football which will be used in the very first OOF Cup, an art world five-a-side football tournament. Photo © John Nguyen/PA Wire.



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Art Night

The Art of Capoeira Artist Jason Hawkridge is combining the art of life drawing with the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira for this year’s E17 Art Trail and London’s Culture Mile. Jason gave Penny Rutterford an insight into his project. There is something mindful about life drawing. Most commonly artists come to a studio to study and capture the form of the model who poses for them. At this year’s E17 Art Trail Jason Hawkridge, in a partnership with Olorum Capoeira, will bring the spectacle and movement of Capeoira performance to the life drawing class in a series of open workshops.

Jason has been teaching life drawing classes, “Make your Mark,” in Walthamstow for three years, and he always welcomes absolute beginners as well as more experienced artists. Some of his students’ work will be on display during the E17 Art Trail. He says “Art is for everyone. I believe everyone can draw. The process is the important thing not the end result. It’s about looking, I say that at every class. Building confidence in

my groups is so important. I don’t want anyone to feel overshadowed by the talent of someone else who may have been drawing for years. I had that myself in the past so I understand it. But some of the people who come to my classes don’t realise how good they are.” When asked about his plans to combine his love of Capoeira with life drawing, Jason’s enthusiasm is infectious. For

those who might not know about Capoeira, it is an ancient non-contact martial art, blending self defence, dance, music and song. Jason says: “I attend Capoeira classes with my son and, as an artist, am inspired by the fluidity and movement of the human form and the challenge of capturing that in my drawings. Dance and drawing are both visual languages and I hope people on the E17 Art Trail will enjoy having the opportunity theelist.co.uk 19

to translate them from one medium to the other. I have rehearsed these sessions and was blown away by the energy created.” During the workshops Capoeira dancers will ‘play’ and hold poses where workshop participants of all ages will be supported to interpret what they see into their drawings. Jason’s partner organisation for the E17 Art Trail workshops is Olorum Capoeira which was founded in 2008 by Mestre Velho José who, for most of his childhood, lived in Brazil where he trained with his father, Mestre Deputado. Jason also

shares his love and practice of Capoerira with his own son and the intergenerational aspect of his practice was important to him, “I’m just drawn to the movement of Capoeira and my son’s become quite good at it. Watching him is beautiful, watching your kids progress in any kind of sport or activity is great. Mestre’s Dad is also coming over from Brazil. I feel so honoured.” Jason is quick to point out that although Capoeira is a martial art it is in some ways closer to dance. “It can be peaceful and mindful. One thing I love is the group harmony after they’ve

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played, it’s not like karate or jiu jitsu. It’s folklore, it’s tradition. Capoeira is such a good wholesome energising sport.” Whilst we get first “dibs” on this exciting collaboration on the E17 Art Trail, Jason will be taking the project to this year’s Culture Mile where he and members of the Capoeira group will be delivering the workshops round and about the Barbican. The Culture Mile is a partnership between the City of London Corporation, the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. The opportunity to see his idea

take shape within our own borough and then beyond is an opportunity not lost on Jason, “It’s unbelievable to be working with the Barbican and it’s in one of my favourite buildings in the world.” Jason will be hosting his Capoeira and Drawing workshops at St Michael and All Angels Church. For more information see the E17 Art Trail printed guide or online

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Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire

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Laura Kerry and Morag McGuire, directors of Artillery, are the driving force behind the E17 Art Trail. Penny Rutterford tracked them down to find out what inspires them. Photo by Paul Tucker. This year will be the 15th E17 Art Trail. Can you tell me what originally inspired you to set it up and how you started working together? Laura: I was developing an idea for an artist network. There was a Walthamstow Festival which was a one day music festival, and they wanted to see a visual art angle and it evolved from there. Eventually it became the 16 day festival it is now.

Morag and I originally met at an Arts Management Diploma course many years before the Art Trail was conceived. Morag: I visited the E17 Art Trail as a resident and I realised there were lots of opportunities for showcasing even more of the informal creative talent that’s here and for more people to share in that. It was also very apparent how it could be a catalyst to start

conversations and how that has an immediate impact on how people feel about where they live. And so part of what we have championed is making sure that people who don’t describe themselves as practicing artists feel very welcome to be sharing their work and for all residents to feel that this festival is an invitation to everybody. Laura: Morag was particularly skilled in supporting statutory

services and voluntary organisations and helping them feel involved. They have since become some of our star venues, curating really exciting artist work. We trusted that people would rise to the challenge and get more ambitious every year. We also saw ways to encourage even further participation, for example working with Walk Yourself Fit and other sports campaigns to collaborate on walking tours so people could enjoy an art as well as a walking offer. Morag started making links with organisations that hadn’t been connected before in that way. We both felt it was important for the E17 Art Trail to be an open access festival. If you can see other people doing it, you can start to imagine that you can do it too. You have every type of artist involved - from nationally and internationally renowned artists to hobbyists in their own home - how do you bring those together? Laura: We don’t! We just trust them. Morag: We encourage people who are participating to find out who is exhibiting near them, to strike up conversations between each other and to be able to make recommendations to visitors and audiences. I think that sets a tone to say we are all collaborating to make this successful, this isn’t a competition for sales. Laura: There are two things artists tell us. One is that they want an opportunity to show what they do locally and to make a connection in their neighbourhood or in their home or studio surroundings. The other is they find it really useful because we have a really generous audience who has grown up with the E17 Art Trail. They probably don’t realise that’s what they are doing but they are supporting artists with developing their ideas. So how they respond to work informs what an artist might make next. theelist.co.uk 21

creation salvaged out of a skip, where people have invested so much time and energy and might have worked as a whole family to make it happen, it’s worth it. I don’t think we need recognition but I do see that our approach is what other people have adopted - other producers working on festivals and arts projects. They’ve taken our model and applied it. it’s very exciting that we are London Borough of Culture this year, do you think that the E17 Art Trail has played a part in creating an environment that helped win us the bid? Morag: I was having a conversation with teachers and artists recently and they both recognised that there is this general creative environment here, that it happens on our streets rather than it feeling like something that you have to discover in a museum. One of our participants said that the E17 Art Trail has been the catalyst for this community of creativity to be growing here. She had initiated something in her neighbourhood which resulted in art on the facade of her block of flats, garages being taken over as installation spaces and communal spaces becoming a festival area. What helped was that there was a housing officer who said yes, and she ‘got it’ because she’d seen the E17 Art Trail.

Some people may argue that funding for the arts is a low priority when budgets are being cut - how do you respond to that? Laura: I understand that, especially when there are cuts in services like mental health, community development and youth workers. In the past we’ve worked alongside youth workers, or connected with housing officers to deliver projects. The E17 Art Trail has opened doors to and demystified some of these services and places and showed what they do. Morag: Our collaborations complement a lot of other organisations’ stated outcomes and aims. When people participate together in projects like the E17 Art Trail we find that they meet their neighbours on terms which are not about a shared complaint, it is about something that is either surprising or delightful or a talking point in their neighbourhood. It gives people a chance to get to know each other on a different basis, on positive terms. We hear how many friendships have grown up over the years of the E17 Art Trail and how people have come to build relationships with neighbours that they barely knew, and how that’s built trust, reliance and some resilience when they are coping with the more challenging aspects of everyday life.

Laura: When you ask if funding should be given to the arts, the amounts may sound huge when you don’t have a lot of money, but it is a really small proportion of local authority and government budgets. And we know from experience that it has the potential to make profound differences to people’s lives. And long may that continue!

E17 Art Trail 1-16 June This year’s Art Trail features 400 exhibitions with events in 205 locations around Walthamstow. No fewer than 8,500 artists and residents are exhibiting and performing during the festival. Pick up a printed Art Trail guide from local cafes, shops, community spaces and businesses, One Hoe Street or online


This year Artillery are also delivering a mass participation project called “Page to Pavement” inspired by local award winning author and illustrator Benji Davies’ book “grandad’s island” with a finale in October. It will take place across the borough and people can respond with whatever art form they wish and take part under their own steam and it will be mapped. Artillery are inviting participation in eight specific neighbourhoods across the borough. There’ll also be the opportunity before the october finale to create “Grandad’s Island” at the Walthamstow Garden Party on 13 and 14 July. Watch this space! 22 To advertise your business contact ads@theelist.co.uk

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Can you share some of your “Wow” moments from the E17 Art Trail and other work that you do, is there anything you feel most proud of? Morag: There are those show stopping moments when what’s written in a listing we see translated in the exhibition space on the E17 Art Trail and it be of the magnitude that would work in any gallery space. And then there’s heart warming moments, one year I bumped into two children who were poring over the Trail Guide. I asked them where they’d been and what they’d seen and they described an exhibit on their school perimeter fence. The older child said “I made the Art Trail”. This sense of shared ownership is very powerful. That sense of the audience and the artists owning the E17 Art Trail seems very important to you, but you both seem to keep a low profile, has that been a conscious decision? Laura: When we began it was probably a bit foolish of me to say we’ll do the boring stuff while you get on and do what you do, so yeah! I’ve been looking at 400 lines of data that are going into the festival this year, it’s a responsibility. But when I start to go around the Art Trail and these lines of data become underwater worlds in front rooms, or knitted artist laboratories or some mad

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Nat Harrison and Carmel King

A HIVE of Creativity Hive Collective inspires local startups and businesses to learn, develop and flourish with its inclusive, supportive network - the creative brainchild of Nat Harrison and Carmel King. Freelance writer Nicola Greenbrook meets the team.

Waltham Forest is a distinctly innovative borough. Startups and independents are on the rise, with one in ten Walthamstow residents now self-employed, and behind the scenes is an army of freelancers. Yet, going it alone can be isolating. It can impact efficiency and erode confidence, and it is easy to believe everyone else is thriving. Hive Collective is on a mission to change that. A creative business network based in Walthamstow, founders Nat Harrison, Carmel King and Emma Hammond knew firsthand the challenges that lone businesses face. So they launched Hive to connect likeminded people in the neighbourhood and engender real action. Nat lives with her partner and two children and runs Ayama Coaching which provides career, maternity and business coaching to help clients achieve their goals. Emma left in 2018 due to other commitments. Carmel is a portrait, reportage and lifestyle photographer based in Leyton studio Host, and lives with 24 To advertise your business contact ads@theelist.co.uk

her partner and three children. She is working on an ongoing LBWF-funded project ‘Makers & Manufacturers’ documenting industry and craft in the borough. Off the back of this she has been commissioned to create a visual audit of the ‘making and mending economy’ in Southwark. Hive formed organically after Nat met Carmel via coaching, leading to a skills swap and regular meets. They envisioned a space where business owners and freelancers could converge, build strong bonds and share the challenges of working alone. A place to encourage - not compete - and become more successful together. In 2017 Hive Collective was born. It provides learning and networking opportunities underpinned by one key mission - to be mutually beneficial to all - and success is actively encouraged through collaboration. Carmel and Nat deliver sell-out quarterly events with guest speakers including Trifle’s Emma Morley, author and journalist Annie Ridout, Soapsmith’s Sam Jameson and Victoria Cozens from Perky Blenders.

They run workshops and a group coaching programme, The Next Level, to help people overcome professional hurdles. Through Forge, a business programme in the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone, they run Networking Events and Nat is delivering business coaching. Hive’s Facebook group is, essentially, a team of great colleagues; somewhere to seek help and recommendations for website creation, branding, social media and more. I attended the Digital Presence event in February at The Magistrates and was struck by how welcoming and inclusive it felt. Rocking up to a networking event can be terrifying; you assume everyone in the room is hugely successful and already in a tight-knit group. Hive was different; there was an audible buzz of excitement and any nervousness soon vanished with the help of wine and friendly people eager to chat in a judgement-free atmosphere. The panel and audience spoke candidly and knowledgeably and I left with a head full of ideas and insight from those who had been there and done it. As a result I am now working with exciting new clients. Carmel and Nat are busy planning for Hive’s future. This includes a June event and enhancing their Facebook page with new content, enabling it to be a conduit for post-event networking. They will run twelve Forge events and welcome eight local businesses to The Next Level Programme in 2019/20. Partners include Dinghy Insurance and Perky Blenders and they are always on the hunt for new collaborators. They believe in the power of collective psychology; that communities which support and empower each other will thrive. Hive turns two in June, and shows no sign of stopping in its mission to galvanise businesses and freelancers in our neighbourhood.

hivecollectivelondon.com HiveCollectiveLondon @LDNHive Nicola Greenbrook is a freelance writer and HR Specialist based in Walthamstow. nicolagreenbrook.co.uk

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Around this time of year, every year a host of comic greats both known, and yet to be known, enter one by one, a small dark intimate room in Walthamstow at the behest of red Imp’s Susan Murray with the sole purpose of making us laugh til we’re sore. I know it is like choosing between your children but who’s show are you most excited to see this year and why? Paul F Taylor – his jokes are so inventive and leftfield, he makes me laugh like a child. The show I’m most scared of is my own; How Not To Die In A Plane Crash. On with Paul Foot July 16th EEEK Before we sign-off I have a particularly happy memory of one of your evenings when the sadly departed Jeremy Hardy chatted to the audience for two and a half hours. The Rose & Crown Theatre is such an intimate space and he was such a relaxed and candid performer – a lovely man. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement. Such a brilliantly funny man with a rare generosity of spirit. Comedy has lost too many in the last year; Sean Hughes, Jeremy Hardy and now Ian Cognito who was Walthamstow born and bred. Very sad times for our close nit, oddball comedy community. Sorry we didn’t have a picture of Susan Murray so here’s Phil Nichols, who can be seen on Monday 8 July.

Another year, another incredible line up of Edinburgh previews upstairs at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. But I must say surely you’ve excelled yourself this year Ms Murray. To be honest I’m just relieved. Last year hardly any of my regulars were doing Edinburgh and you can’t force people to go can you? So I’m making hay whilst the sun shines and extended it from 2 weeks to 3. Plus it’s handy that most of the acts know the gig and like it How do you get such big names to keep coming to little ol’ E17? BLACKMAIL: I’ve known all of my acts for the best part of two decades and I have the photos of bad hairstyles to prove it. Truth? Sigh, ok then. They love the club, the people, the atmosphere. The demographic is very “old school”, like gigs were in the 90s (wasn’t that the BEST decade ever?) Sometimes the gigs are electric and everyone including the acts goes away with a warm glow and a door stamp that won’t wash off. Chant “ONE OF US. ONE OF US”! I see some much loved Red Imp regulars, like Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Stephen K Amos, but who’s new to the Previews this year? Stewart Lee cocked up his diary so we’ve replaced him with Omid Djalili and Stew is now doing three nights in September. Our exciting preview newbies (but very experienced acts) are Matt Forde, Josie Long, Mark Watson and Hal Cruttenden. Oh and there is one early preview in June with John Robins who won the Edinburgh Award in 2017. Any hidden comedy gems this year? Ooh yes Phil Nichol is bound to blow the roof off, also Sarah Kendal’s R4 series both won awards so I can’t wait to see her. Laura Lexx is excellent as is Jen Brister who did Live at the Apollo last year. 26 To advertise your business contact ads@theelist.co.uk

Once the dust settles on this year’s Previews can you give us any hints as to the rest of the year with Red Imp? NO. Oh alright. In September Stewart Lee and Andy Parsons. Can’t say about the autumn yet, it depends what terrible old photos of comedians I can dig out… 3 June

John robins & Larry dean

1 July

Josie Long & Helen Bauer

2 July

omid djalili & Mandy Muden

3 July

omid djalili (2 hour show)

4 July

Jo Caulfield & daliso Chaponda

5 July

Lucy Porter & Simon Munnery

6 July

Stephen k Amos (tbc ) & Paul F Taylor

8 July

Bridget Christie & Phil Nichol

9 July

Ed Byrne & Laura Lexx

10 July

Matt Forde & Jen Brister

11 July

Suzi ruffell & Simon Evans

12 July

reg d Hunter & Sarah kendal

13 July

reg d Hunter & Yuriko kotani.

15 July

Paul Sinha & Mitch Benn

16 July

Paul Foot & Susan Murray

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Josh Widdicombe & Jake Lambert

18 July

Mark Watson & Hal Cruttenden

This is the line-up as we go to print and may change. See website for updates.

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Wonder Wings by Other Theresa Feel the flicker of the thought That sets alight a bright idea A spark that starts a wild fire; Illuminates the atmosphere Begins a blaze That gathers pace That builds up heat, With every breath That gains momentum, Clearing space for life, As it announces death. Welcome what, when, where and how, Who ponder on effect and cause The question mark; the furrowed brow In search of undiscovered laws Of chemistry, astronomy The Tree of Life, a panacea Consciousness and Cancer cures And what’s beyond the known frontier. The Soul behind the naked eye The voices of a violin The Northern Lights; a dazzling sky The scent of newborn baby skin Fireworks, a rocket launch, a Raphael, a waterfall A magic act, an acrobat - A poem on a cafe wall. In awe, the wow precedes the why And wonder makes the flow begin Side by side with smile or sigh The world expands to let it in. Inspired by the following quote by Ada Lovelace, ‘the first woman computer programmer’ and daughter of poet Lord Byron: Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds… may then, with the fair white wings of imagination, hope to soar further into the unexplored… Imagination …teaches us to live, in the tone of the eternal.” To be performed at the launch of Walthamstow Art Trail at One Hoe Street. Full version can be found in audio format on Soundcloud (Other Theresa).

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Sean’s Tipple Tips Have you ever had a glass of Madeira Wine? The answer is probably no! Sean Pines takes a look at an almost forgotten fortified wine that he thinks shouldn’t just be for the reserve of those ‘in the know’.

When you say the name Madeira in this country, often the first thing that will come to mind is either cake, holiday destination, or that it is used in cooking. It is not often thought of as a wine to be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or with food. Madeira is a fortified wine (a wine that has spirit added) from the eponymous Portuguese island. It is a wine that has incredible longevity, ageing well not just for decades but even spanning centuries. How can it survive so long? This is due to an ageing process that was developed after a serendipitous discovery. Historically the wine was sent on long sea journeys and the wine was heated up when crossing the tropics. It was when an unsold shipment was returned, and having done the journey twice, they discovered how much better the wine tasted. As a result, an ageing method of heating the wine known as ‘Estufagem’ was born. This not only changes the favour, but also results in oxidation which means that further exposure to air is not such a problem. An opened bottle

can last for months before going ‘off’ - not that that would be a worry in my house! There are 4 styles of Madeira named after the grape varieties used but also an indication of the style of dryness/sweetness of the wine. In order of dry to sweet they are Sercial with its almond notes and dry finish, the smokiness of the Verdelho, the depth and raison notes of the Bual and the full rich caramel and coffee sweetness of the Malmsey. Age classifications are important. Wines labelled Reserve will have a minimum of 5 years ageing, Special Reserve 10 years and Extra Reserve 15 years. A Colheita or Harvest wine is from a single year. Wines called Finest are 3 years and are best used for cooking. When it comes to producers look out for Blandy’s, Henriques & Henriques and Barbeito. So if you are looking for something different and ‘new’ take a look at this beautiful ‘ancient’ wine.

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Penny Fielding offers creative solutions to everyday niggles you may have with your home. one could say that the paintings and pictures that we own are the final flourish of our home style. or, it could be that you have a picture you love so much you design the whole room around it. Either way, art is a big component of our habitat. Here are some tips on how to buy art that will be lasting and bring you interest for a long time to come.

If you fall in love with a painting and want to buy it, ask if you can have it for an approval period. The right picture can bring a whole room to life so seeing it in your own environment will help you make a final decision (and get your partners input). I used to do this for customers in my gallery and it helped buyers feel more confident about making the purchase. Try hanging the piece in a few different places; some paintings need distance and some are intimate. Our modern brains and eyes are exposed to a deluge of images that are designed to have an instant impact. A good piece of art will have a presence of its own, and this may not be instantly apparent. A good picture gets better and better over time. What niggles you about your home? Email penfielding@gmail.com with your thoughts. To book a session with the House Doctor please email: penfielding@gmail.com or call 07725 645 359.

With the upcoming fabulous E17 Art Trail on your doorstep, there will be an amazing range of art available from which to choose. You will be able to meet artists and talk to them about their work before you buy. You don’t need to “ know” about art to buy it. Use your best intuition and like everything, learn for the next time. The wonderful thing about art is that the most unexpected thing can work. When you hang art in your home it has nothing to do with taste and everything to do with how you put it together. It’s a very unique process.



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Fitness & Sport Wednesdays NEW This Mum Runs Walthamstow Wednesdays Hollow Ponds, Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP Free weekly women’s group run. We are a community of women on a mission to be happier and healthier. We run at the speed of chat to do something that is Just. For. Us. 7.308.30pm. FREE. thismumruns.co.uk Sundays NEW This Mum Runs Walthamstow Sundays Lloyd Park/William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP As above. 8-9am. FREE. thismumruns.co.uk Wednesdays Buggy Exercise Classes Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road/Marsh Lane, Leyton E10 7BL and Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP An hour of safe post-natal exercise from a qualified coach. Please bring a mat! Booking is essential as I must screen you before you participate. Jubilee Park from 11.15am and Lloyd Park from 2.10pm. £9, discount for block bookings. Melissa Gaul 07793 394531 melissa-movement-massage.com

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Tuesdays NEW Sazzercise Leyton Youth Centre, Crawley Road E10 6PY Sazzercise will improve your cardiovascular health, burn fat, as well as develop overall muscle strength, endurance, core stability and flexibility. We cover traditional aerobics as well as body conditioning and a bit of dance. 7-8pm, £8, 5 for £30 or 10 for £50. sazzercise.co.uk

Yoga, Meditation & Tai Chi Fridays NEW Dru Yoga St Peter & Paul Church, Vestry Hall, The Green Walk E4 7AZ Mixed ability yoga class incorporating postures, sequences, breath work and meditation with deep relaxation. 9.3010.45am. £12, book 6 get 1 FREE. eyespyyoga.co.uk Wednesdays Slow Flow Yoga in Chingford Mount St Edmund’s Centre, 216 Chingford Mount Road E4 8JL Slow-paced all-levels asana practice with focus on breathing and body awareness. Mats, blocks and straps are provided, but feel free to bring your own. 7.30-8.30pm. £7, £20 for three sessions, first session FREE. kate@findtheom.com

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Monday Monday Night Vinyasa Flow The Birds, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA We are a friendly group of growing yogis, eager to stretch and strengthen the body. All levels welcome from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. Tricks and treats for all. Booking required. 7.30-8.30pm. First two classes for £12, a 4 class pass for £40, or 6 class pass for £50. kuasayoga@gmail.com kuasayoga.com Thursdays NEW Baby Massage and Yoga Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Personal trainer and Pilates instructor, Chloe, teaches great postnatal strengthening techniques and babies have massage and yoga. Get your tummy muscles checked out. 6 classes per week. Cake and chats with other mums. 11-11.45am. £10. Chloe Redmond 020 8503 7794 thehealthworks.co.uk Saturdays Beginners Yoga in Chingford Mount Murray’s Studio, 1 Salisbury Road, Chingford E4 6TA Slow pace yoga with a focus on deep breathing and tension release. Mats are provided. 12.30-1.30pm. £7. First class FREE. kate@findtheom.com findtheom.com

Sundays NEW Gentle Yoga for Tension Release & Relaxation Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Suitable for beginners. We focus on gentle breathwork to calm the mind, combined with slow movement and simple yoga poses to release tension from the body. Restoring balance to mind and body. 10.30-11.30am. £7. yogaannie.org/schedule Wednesdays Iyengar Yoga Class St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road E17 6AR Iyengar Yoga is suitable for everyone. Learn at your own pace in a supportive environment. It increases suppleness, strength, stamina; it improves posture and concentration and promotes well being. Suitable for beginners. 7-8pm. £9 pay as you go, £45 for 6 classes or £70 for 10. Nicholette 07962 424 460 nicholetteyoga@gmail.com Mondays Yogi J Yoga Community Class Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House, 1A Jewel Road E17 4QU An open level class with options for beginners and those with a developed practice. Focus is on body, breath and mind. James is an experienced 500hr+ Yoga Alliance qualified teacher. Bring a mat or contact James to buy one. 6.45-7.45pm. £9 or 6 for £45. jjcassidy123@aol.com theyogij.com

Tuesdays NEW Yoga for Seniors Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR We use gentle movement aligned with the breath, and focus on improving joint mobility, posture, balance and muscle strength, making use of props and chairs to ensure all yoga postures are accessible. Beginners welcome, but please consult with your doctor first. 10.30-11.15am. £4. yogaannie.org/schedule Tuesdays gentle Yoga Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Rd) E17 4RX Hayley is teaching a gentle yoga class suitable for elders or people with arthritis and other chronic complaints. Only 4 people per class so you get lots of individual attention specifically for your condition. 9.30-10.30am. £13. 020 8503 7794 thehealthworks.co.uk Wednesdays Tai Chi for Health and Balance Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road E11 1AY Learn Tai Chi in a fun, comfortable environment. Suitable for all, beginners and all fitness levels welcome. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. 12.30-1.30pm. £8. Gemma 07916 334670 facebook.com/mdaforestgateleytonstone

Tuesdays Todos Yoga Host of Leyton, 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP Vinyasa yoga class. Special membership discount available. Email for more info or to book a place. 6.457.45am. £10. Haydeevf@gmail.com Tuesdays NEW Postnatal Pilates with Baby Quaker Meeting House Walthamstow, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Regain your core strength, ease the aches and pains of new motherhood, work towards getting back your pre pregnancy physique while having fun making some mum friends. 4 per class so lots of individual attention. 9.4510.45am. £12. Chloe Redmond 07903 629636 thebodypeople.co.uk 7 May, 4 June etc Waltham Forest reiki Project Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Reiki sessions on the first Tuesday of the month. Reiki is a form of therapy/ healing that works with the life force energy that flows through all living things. There are 1-2-1 spots by donation. All welcome. 7-9pm. Narinder 07958 367927 walthamforestreikiproject.weebly.com

Fridays Weekly Friday Yoga Slowdown Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN This weekly Friday Slowdown class aims to bring some yin to the yang of your busy week and create balance within your body and mind. Starting with a Vinyasa flow and ending with Yin postures. Mats included. 6.45-7.45pm. £10, or £8 for 5. 07415 206297 zoeroweyoga.co.uk Tuesdays Post-Natal Yoga CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB New mum and baby yoga class. Heal, strengthen and nurture yourself. Bring your little one and be part of a community of new parents. 1-2pm. £8. lorenarodrigo.com Wednesdays Pilates Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Rd) E17 4RX “Pilates enables you to improve your quality of life, and my classes are designed to get you moving properly, while being fun and challenging; for body and mind”. 10-11am or 11.15am-12.15pm. £12, block of 6 classes for £66. 07587 638152 thehealthworks.co.uk

Mondays gentle Pilates with Marjan Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Rd) E17 4RX As above except Beginners 4-5 pm and Intermediate/Advanced 5-6pm. Tuesdays Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU Come join this lovely welcoming yoga class that’s been running for over 6 years. A great venue and beginners welcome. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. 8-9.15pm. £60 for 6 weeks or £12 each. helenyoga.co.uk

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This month in town

May/June The E17 Art Trail 2019 runs from 1-16 June with 400+ events, exhibitions and open studios. We flag up just a handful in this issue but visit e17arttrail. co.uk for the full list, downloadable Trail Guide and lots of other information.

Exhibitions & weekly events Arts, Crafts & Film 10-19 May NEW Highams Park Art Trail Various venues around Highams Park A week long festival of arts and culture in Highams Park. There will be artworks exhibited in local shops and cafes as well as open studios. There’ll also be live music, pop up food events, yarn bombing, spoken word events and craft activities for all. Plus the culmination of the Wild About Highams Park wood carving demonstrations and sculpture. facebook.com/HPArtsandCulture 3-25 May NEW Forest of the Future Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Four local artists imagine the future for Waltham Forest based on local history, trend analysis and technology forecasts. See paintings, screenprints, illustrations, digital artwork and tell us - which is your favourite future? PV 2 May, 6.308.30pm. Tues-Sat, 9am-5.30pm. FREE. srgbennett.com/#/forest-of-the-future Events marked

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1-31 May NEW Artist in residence: Shelly Berry Norah Zeale Studio, 86 Markhouse Road E17 8BG Local artist Shelly Berry uses a range of media, expressing her reactions to her external - and internal - environment. Wed-Sat 10am-6pm. FREE. norahzeale.com Until 12 May NEW Sally Taylor: Portraits Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ Sally Taylor brings her incredible eye for detail in her oil portraits of local people; characterised by a vitality, presence and affection. Why not commission a portrait of your own? The exhibition can be seen in its entirety from the street from dawn to midnight, 7 days a week. wvwg.co.uk 7-14 May NEW African-Caribbean Proverbs One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe St E17 4PH A free art exhibition of African Caribbean proverbs and other artworks by local residents old and young. TuesSun 10am-5pm. FREE. wftwinningassociation.org

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DANCE/FITNESS Sat/Sun 1-16 June NEW Design Circus: 21st Century Serious Play Basement of 9 St Mary Road E17 8RG Fun and interactive. You will love it. Or hate it. You will be surprised. And possibly delighted. Open Saturdays 126pm, Sundays 12-4pm. FREE. brilliantandamazing.com ridiculousandstupid.com

2-26 May NEW Works from Work by Zlatan Hadžifejzović The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG A series of artworks produced by the artist at his place of employment which he is covertly transforming into his atelier. PV 2 May, 6.30-8.30pm. Thurs by appt, Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. stonespace.gallery

1-16 June NEW Inspired! A Mixed Ability Open Call The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Artists of all abilities celebrate their world and its wonders. Work in all media exploring nature, science and imagination. From the personal to the universal - the world is ours. Sat-Sun 10am-2pm, Tues-Fri 9.30am-6pm. FREE. themill-coppermill.org

Until 9 June Beauty & Incident William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Lola Lely, Laura Anderson and Harriet Warden come together to seek ways in which the designs and processes synonymous with William Morris can find artistic form and relevance in a contemporary and culturally diverse setting. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk

Sundays 2, 9, 16 June NEW 5:1 48a Pembroke Road E17 9PB Open house with artists Linda Green, Ali Reader, Sue Royle, Joy & Saskia Huning. Enjoy inspiring, diverse paintings, mixed-media, textiles and ceramics with a panorama of the London skyline. PV Friday May 31, 7-9pm. NB exhibition first & second floors with stairs. 12-6pm. FREE.

30 May-23 June NEW Paintings by Alex Urie The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Urie’s paintings deal with intermediate, residual spaces. He approaches a stretched canvas as a dumping ground for obsolete, itinerant forms, and uses staining and timed action to address ongoing concerns with surface and ground. Thurs by appt, Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. stonespace.gallery 7 May-2 June NEW Art Exhibition by John Arthur Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Idiosyncratic paintings by local artist John Arthur who will be playing some of his songs on Weds 8 May 6-8pm. Exhibition on 7am-6pm. FREE. john-arthur.co.uk Sat/Sun 1-9 June NEW Utiful Makers Workshop 28 Thorpe Road E17 4LA A collective of artists, designers and makers showing and selling concrete vessels, riso prints and denim apparel. Learn to make them yourself when you drop in. Sat-Sun 12-4pm. FREE. utifulmakers.com Events marked

1-16 June exc Mon NEW We Are Here: Portraits of ‘Windrush’ Citizens XL Hair Design, 76 St Mary Rd E17 9RE Photography exhibition by Image17 showcasing the first of a series of newly commissioned portraits of some of the Windrush generation that made Waltham Forest their home. Tues-Sun 8.30am-6pm. FREE. image17.co.uk 1-16 June exc Weds NEW Lucy Harrison: Self Build Bodega 50, 442 Hoe Street Film and photography project by artist Lucy Harrison, exploring self built sheds, shacks and shelters, in gardens and on allotments across Waltham Forest. Check the website for events and updates. Mon-Sun 8am-4pm, Closed Wed. FREE. lucy-harrison.co.uk Fri-Sun 1-16 June NEW Blood & Mud 69 Wellesley Road E17 8QY Wonder the tropical habitat in clay. Purple Pots and fellow ceramicists explore life, death and diseases of the tropics in an English cottage garden. Includes Meet The Makers event Sat 8 June 3-6pm. Fri-Sun 11am-7pm. FREE. purplepots.co.uk

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1-16 June NEW Awe, Yes! // Wonderful Prints Buhler & Co, 8 Chingford Road E17 4PJ New limited edition prints by the artists of E17 printmakers’ gallery Look Up - exploring the wonder of print; celebrating moments that continue to inspire and influence their creative practices. Open Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm, Mon-Wed 8am-5pm, ThursFri 8am-10:30pm. FREE. lookupprints.com 3-16 June NEW Wonder Wild In the clearing and nearby Low Hall nature conservation area behind St James Park E17 8AN If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be amazed by the wonder of wild urban spaces. Join Curious Wilds to see what children have created at Forest School. Also, join the open making session on 5 June from 4-5.30pm. Daily, daylight hours. FREE. curiouswilds.co.uk Sat/Sun 1-9 June NEW Experimental Ceramics by Amanda Doidge 54 Church Hill E17 9RY New and exciting ceramic art, emerging from Amanda’s collaboration with Neuroscientists - and a philosopher of neuroplasticity - from Kings College London. Does the brain sculpt identity like an artist sculpts clay? 1-7pm. FREE. amandadoidge.co.uk Sun 2-16 June NEW Corsham and Wanstead Studio Artists 14 Chaucer Road E17 4BE An exhibition of art-work from exstudents of Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, Wilts, and members of Art Group Wanstead in Anna Bisset’s tranquil garden studio. Painting, sculpture, photography, print-making. 11-5pm. FREE. annabisset.co.uk 4-16 June NEW Our Stories – An Artistic Endeavour Whitefield School, Macdonald Road E17 4AZ Our exhibition of pupils’ art reflects on establishing closer relationships with SEND schools in Waltham Forest. Daily, 10am-10pm. FREE. whitefield.org.uk



8-16 June NEW Affectual Infrastructures by Flow Architecture One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe Street E17 4SD Nine activists are involved in an experiment of bottom-up sensing and data collection. The results inform a spatial installation that materialises the layered experiences exploring local emerging environmental issues. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. FREE. flowarchitecture.co.uk Fri-Sun 1-16 June NEW Danny Neon, Creative Vandalism & McTodd 183b High Street/Erskine Road E17 6SQ Three exhibitions in one venue. A wellbehaved heterosexual dullard of no intrinsic worth, an independent multimedia production company, and horrible puppets of horrible people who do horrible things. Fri-Sun 11am-6pm. FREE. dannyneon.com Sat/Sun 8-16 June NEW Upper Walthamstow Open Studios 15 Upper Walthamstow Road E17 3QG Diverse contemporary art by six established artists to please the eye, heart and mind. Sharon Drew’s paintings, Mark Sowden’s photography and sculpture by Daryl Brown, Owen Bullett, Garry Doherty and Samuel Zealey. NB Access is via narrow uneven side entrance. Sat-Sun 12-6pm. FREE. sharondrew.com 10-16 June NEW Nutcracker! And Beyond The Blue Gate Gallery, Roger Ascham Primary School, Wigton Road E17 5HU After an awesome whole-school production of Nutcracker! choreographed by superstar ex-pupil Sir Matthew Bourne and New Adventures pupils share the wonder of a journey from class to packed Assembly Hall! Daylight hours. FREE. rapsch.co.uk 1-16 June NEW B Positive Whipps Cross Hospital, Junction 10 Link Bridge E11 1NR Young people from Acorn Ward Schoolroom present artworks inspired by the wonderful world of blood. Expect cells, germs, blood vessels, fascinating facts, and wonder that our bodies do such amazing work. 24 hours. FREE. hhtswalthamforest.com 15-16 June NEW Open Studios Barbican Arts Trusts 114 Blackhorse Lane Studios E17 6AA Arti sts reveal their private worlds at our friendly, open studios weekender. Private View 6-9pm 14 June. Exhibition on 1-6pm. FREE. barbicanartsgrouptrust.co.uk

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Until 26 May Haiki Adventure: The Craft of games William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP A showcase of original Japanese prints alongside interactive game displays and an overview of the development process, allowing visitors to experience a modern adaptation of an ancient craft. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk Until 25 May The Joke’s on us! Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Ln E17 7HA A participatory exhibition centring on the Government Art Collection’s Joke Stack by Peter Liversidge. Take away any of the twelve jokes, written by British comedians, and leave your own joke on the walls! Tues-Sun 9.30am-6pm. FREE. themille17.org Until 26 May Cultural revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP This exhibition displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda collected in China during the 1970s. This is a touring exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk



Music & Theatre

Markets Saturdays NEW Leyton Jubilee Park Market KukooLaLa, The Cottage, 3 Marsh Lane E10 7BL A new weekly market boasting a range of affordable stalls including hot food, local produce, handmade goods and pre-loved items from local makers plus music, entertainment for kids, bouncy castle. Parking available and affordable table hire if you have great products to sell, get in touch. 11am-4pm. FREE. thecreativesideoflondon.com Saturdays E17 Village Market Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Local market with great food and coffee - street food and for home. Regular and guest stalls, run by locals with local producers. New stalls including non-food always welcome. 10.30am-3.30pm. Kostas Anagnostou 07984 964198 e17villagemarket@gmail.com

22 June-January 2020 NEW Swarm: Artists respond to the Pollinator Crisis Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH New work from artists Anna Alcock, Hannah Ford, Miyuki Kasahara, Alke Schmidt and Sandie Sutton, responding to the alarming global decline of pollinators. Featuring painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and installation. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk

Thursdays Lloyd Park Volunteer gardening Meet in the William Morris Garden, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the park looking beautiful, improve your health and well-being, meet new people and gain new skills. 10am-1pm. FREE. Ellie 020 8496 2822 ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk

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Weds 26-Sat 29 June NEW Shakespeare’s richard ii Open-Air Greek Theatre, Woodbury Rd E17 9RZ Shakespeare’s gripping and poetical masterpiece of the decline and fall of a flamboyant and recklessly overindulgent king with an unwavering conviction in his divine right to rule. Performed in Walthamstow’s stunning open-air theatre. Bring cushions, rugs and come early for wine/refreshments and picnics. Gates 6.45pm for 7.3010.30pm performance. On the door only, £9, £7 conc, £3 students with ID, WGS with lanyard FREE. Plus Saturday matinee 3pm. greektheatreplayers.co.uk

Until 29 June Motive / Motif: Artists Commemorate the Suffragettes Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH To mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, Vestry House presents an exhibition of embroidered handkerchiefs designed by 20 contemporary artists. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk

22 June-22 September NEW Exhibition: Madge gill William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP This landmark exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Gill’s work to date, bringing together drawings, largescale embroideries, textiles and archival objects, many of which have never been exhibited before. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk



Wednesdays Chingford green gym Ridgeway Park, The Ridgeway, Old Church Road Chingford E4 6XU Get physically active and meet new people through conservation of the natural environment, creating new habitats, planting new trees and plants and looking after local green spaces. All tools and refreshments provided. 9.45am-1pm. FREE. Gareth 07731 450839 tcv.org.uk


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Various days NEW Songs & Smiles Venues include Albany Nursing Home, 11-12 Albany Road E10 7EL; Aspray House, 481 Lea Bridge Road E10 7EB; Barchester Westgate House Care Home, 178 Romford Road E7 9HY; Parkview House Care Home, 212 Chingford Mount Road E4 8JR; St Ives Lodge Care Home, 25-29 The Drive E4 7AJ Inter-generational music, fun and friendship for 0-4 year olds, their grown-ups and care home residents. We sing, move, play, chat and have lots of fun. Numbers limited, please email to book in adv. FREE. Check website for days and times . songs@thetogetherproject.co.uk thetogetherproject.co.uk

Sundays Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum 10 South Access Road E17 8AX Housed in and around a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station the museum is devoted to the technology, transport and industrial history of Walthamstow and the Lea Valley. Exhibits include steam engines and an original 1968 Victoria Line tube car. Refreshments available. 11am4pm. FREE. e17pumphouse.org.uk

Wednesdays Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Lloyd Park, Community Bowls Pavilion, Forest Road E17 4PP A friendly daytime group for the over 50s meeting weekly to explore the nature and cultural heritage of Lloyd Park. Currently working on a ‘Listening Project, Memories of Lloyd Park’. 10am-12pm. FREE. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 v.peet@tcv.org.uk

Weekly Classes for Adults 5 & 19 May, 2 & 16 June NEW get Drawing at The Mill The Mill Community Centre, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Fortnightly drawing sessions. Two hours of still life drawing for all abilities. Take guidance from art teacher David or do your own thing. Basic materials provided. 11am-1pm. £4. David Hughes 020 8521 3211 themill-coppermill.org

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Weekly Events & Classes for the Under 18s Mondays until 8 July NEW 11-16s Songwriter’s Circle for Children Waltham Forest Music Service at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Develop creativity, learn new ways to generate ideas, write memorable lyrics and melodies, understand chord sequences and song structure. 4.305.30pm. £15 for 10 week course, £7.50 for low income families. WF Music Service 020 8496 1584 walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Tuesdays until 8 July NEW 11-16s Beats and Bass Music Production Course Waltham Forest Music Service at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Learn to produce Grime, Hip hop, House and Afrobeat. 4.30-5.30pm. £15 for 10 week course, £7.50 for low income families. WF Music Service 020 8496 1584 beatsandbass.eventbrite.co.uk Wednesdays NEW TinyTalk Baby Signing Classes The Salvation Army, 434 Forest Road/Ruby Road E17 4PY Teach your baby to communicate before they can speak! Give them a headstart with their language learning. Baby signing reduces frustration and tantrums. Most of all it’s brilliant fun! Classes also in Leytonstone. 1.302.30pm. £7. tinytalk.co.uk/rosev Tuesdays (term time only) Girls’ Friendly Society St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane/High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH GFS Leytonstone is a fun supportive place for girls (5-11) to develop skills to reach their potential. Informed by issues facing girls today, activities are designed to develop confidence and resilience and be fun! 5.30-7pm. £3. 07540 413 992 jemma@girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk Sessions daily until September The Tiger Who Came to Tea & The Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street Stratford E15 4QZ For ages 0-8 yrs, older children welcome. An immersive exhibition of the world of Judith Kerr’s creatures. Have tea with a tiger and explore the world of Mog. Sessions last approx 40mins. Session times vary and space is limited so please book online in advance. £8 inc day pass; under ones £1.50, carers FREE. 020 8536 5555 bookings@discover.org.uk discover.org.uk/tiger-and-mog Events marked

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Fridays (term time only) NEW The Chillout Zone The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A safe space for local young people aged 11-16 to hang out, make friends, play games, do activities and have fun. Consent form must be completed by parent/carer. 3-6pm. FREE. Chantelle Michaux 07535 326157 wfaen.org.uk

Red Imp presents Zoe Lyons Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA The funniest woman in the UK returns to E17 for an extended set. Star of Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and News Quiz. Dave Ward supports. 8.30-10.30pm. £12. contact@redimpcomedy.com redimpcomedy.com

Fridays (term time only) NEW Bongalong in the Park Community Room, behind the cafe in Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Fun, creative music sessions for children under 5 and their carers, with singing, dancing, instruments and a story. Just drop in. 1.30-2.15pm. £6.50, two siblings under 5 £11, siblings under 6 months FREE. Fiona 07811 460282 bongalong.co.uk

Pub Quiz Fundraiser to Support Migrants in E17 Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Roll-up roll-up all trivia fans! Gather a team together of your nearest, dearest and cleverest, and join us for a one-off quiz night with all proceeds going directly to supporting migrants in E17. 7-11pm. £5. William Archer wfma.org.uk

Fridays (term time only) Shoto Cubs Karate Class Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road E17 5AA A small class for 4-6 year olds to learn Shotokan Karate techniques, improve co-ordination and balance, learn to work with others and enhance concentration. 5-5.45pm. £6, paid half-termly. Liz 0777 6437937 karate-london.co.uk shotokarate.east@gmail.com Thursdays until 23 May NEW Kids’ Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Two new series of five sessions with David, Jane and Mo - have fun and learn - exploring themes using drawing and painting materials, and clay, collage and print techniques. Can be messy! For ages 6+, under 8s must be accompanied. 4-5pm. £2. Places limited, please book ahead. themill-coppermill.org

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Friday 3 May Soul in the Stow The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD On the first Friday of the month, a night for eating and dancing. Soul Food (approx £9.95) from 6-8.30pm and soul music dancing until closing time 12.30am. Entry FREE until 11pm. info@thewilliammorris.co.uk Horsemeat Sandwich: We Faith + Lung Fluid Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU MC Vis The Spoon presents: a bap full of experimental-noisy-alt-poppost-punk-metal: We Faith from Walthamstow - a little bit Sonic Youth, a little bit instrumental. Plus Lung Fluid, a three piece punk/metal band. Message Vis to play! 8pm-midnight. FREE. spoon@soundeventsolutions.co.uk facebook.com/horsemeatsandwich

Saturday 4 May Calendar of Events Wednesday 1 May Lloyd Park Under 5s Nature Explorers: Pond Dipping Lloyd Park Community Room, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP We’ll begin with a simple craft followed by a ramble in the park before going back inside for stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Carole Cerasi St Michael and All Angels, Northcote Road E17 6PQ Music in the Village presents Carole Cerasi; the sublime and virtuosic harpsichordist plays music by François Couperin, Scarlatti, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Johann Sebastian Bach. All tickets on door. 7.30-9pm, £13.50, £7 conc. petermccarthy-violone.co.uk/201718-dates

Chingford May Day Fayre Chingford Plains E4 7QH Escape to the woods, far from the madding crowd, celebrate May Day the International Day of the Worker, and celebrate the invention of the modern bicycle by Walthamstow-born and raised John Kemp Starley, which helped democratise travel for the working classes. Join thousands as we form a procession on bicycles through the urban woodland converging on Chingford Plain from 4pm. 4-9.30pm, finale starts 8pm. FREE, just turn up. wfculture19.co.uk/MayDayFAQs



Jokeshop! Joke-telling with E17 Comedians The Mill Community Centre, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Have a laugh with E17’s famous comedians Susan Murray and Maureen Younger as they ‘workshop’ your joke skills. Part of the Borough of Culture exhibition The Jokes On Us! Suitable for all the family. 11am-1pm. FREE. themille17.org Pillars Pongathon Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate E17 9HQ Pillars Brewery annual beer pong tournament. First prize is a keg of lager! Two people per team. Book tickets in advance via Eventbrite or in our taproom. 2.30-8pm. £10. pillarsbrewery.com Des & Ken’s Old-ass Reggae Records #2 Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Come wind and grind to some dusty old Jamaican records. Trojan, Studio One, lovers’ rock, roots, rock steady, ska, dancehall, dub, all strictly on vinyl! Great Caribbean food by The Groves Kitchen. FREE. facebook.com/SinbinE11

Sunday 5 May Lloyd Park Dawn Chorus Walk Meet by William Morris Gallery gates, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Our annual dawn chorus walk and talk with local birder Tim Harris. We’ll identify bird song as we stroll round the park. Followed by a free light breakfast. 5-7.30am. FREE but donations welcome. Planting Day: Stow Village Veg Plots Village Veg Plots, 1 Beulah Road E17 9LG We’ll be planting the community veg plots on Beulah Road - come along and lend a hand! Suitable for green-fingered kids - we’ll provide all the seedlings and tools. 10.30am-12.30pm. FREE. darryl@walthamstowvillage.net facebook.com/VillageVegE17 Stow-a-thon Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A free, 24 hour live music festival, now in its sixth year. 100s of local performers put on a show for all the community. From punk to ceilidh and everything in between. Midday Sunday to midday Monday. FREE.

Stones Throw Market St John’s Church, Leytonstone High Road/ Church Lane E11 1HH A designer/maker and vintage/retro market with jewellery, ceramics, prints and vintage finds. Tea and cake. 11am-4pm. FREE entry.

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Bank Holiday Monday 6 May May Fair Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Come and enjoy the legendary May Fair featuring Walthamstow’s premier Dog Show - in recognition of our ‘pound-a-bowl’ heritage fruit and veg is this year’s theme for the Best Dressed Dog category. Plus X7 Heaven Dancers, skate jam, basketball, food and drink, inflatables and plenty of food stalls. 12-4pm. friendsoflloydpark.org.uk/events facebook.com/FOLPE17A Orford House Open Day Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Visit the historic Orford House and try your hand at bowls and snooker, drink in our members bar and enjoy a BBQ in our gardens. Even better - join the club! Open to all 18+. 1-5pm. FREE. facebook.com/OrfordHouse From Fields and The Forest to Royals and The Railway Chingford Railway Station, Station Road E4 6AL Guided walk exploring Chingford’s history via old field names, its connections with the Forest and how Ivor Novello, Lawrence of Arabia and the Forgotten Father of English Sport fit into its history. Booking in advance only please. 2-4pm. £12, £9 conc. bit.ly/E4WalkMoncrieff

Thursday 9 May Creative Kids: Oh So Natural! William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP William Morris loved using natural dyes in his prints. Experiment with different vegetables and make your own! A creative session for under 5’s. 10-11am, repeated 1-2.30pm. FREE, but booking essential. wmgallery.org.uk

Friday 10 May Damn Good Curry Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ Need some spicy vegan goodness? Look no further - delicious and inventive Indian curries served up with Mother’s ice cold cocktails to match. 6-9pm. FREE entry, dish prices vary. mothersruin.net Natacha Atlas St Mary’s Music Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RL Captivating and hypnotic AngloEgyptian singer Natacha Atlas entwines tribal beats with bluesey Afro-funk. Her collaborations include Transglobal Underground and Nitin Sawhney, with her last album, Myriad Road, her first foray into jazz. 6.30-10.30pm. £15. musichalls.org Events marked





Dial M for Music Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP Monthly music club hosted by the Persecuted and featuring the best local musical talent. Vintage items, visuals and a free raffle. Warm welcome and groovy vibes! 7.45-11pm. FREE, with collection for the bands. bradwry@yahoo.co.uk thehitchcockhotel.com Sonic Rebellion: Rock & Metal Club Night Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Your favourite hard rock and heavy metal club night present Devoted Defiance, Shattered Chains and Grimpulse live. Heavy metal-speed metal-deathcore. And the best metal anthems in the moshpit! 8-11pm. FREE. facebook.com/pg/sonicrebellionsinbin

Saturday 11 May E17 Designers Spring Popup with E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Partnering with E17 Village Market: best of local shopping, artists, makers, tea and cake inside from Suzie Cakes, street food outside! LoveLatouche Faces will be on hand for face painting. 10.30am-3.30pm. FREE entry. e17designers.co.uk Vintage Market Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD Back for its third year Highams Park’s library transforms into a bustling Brocante! Antiques, mid century gems, cool bric a brac and crafts. Plus live music, street food and refreshments. Free family activities for all. 11am-4pm. FREE. instagram.com/highamsparkvintage Marshland Medicine: Guided Herb Walk Walthamstow Marshes, meet at Coppermill Car Park E17 7HG A ramble-excursion to Walthamstow Marshes with community herbalist Rasheeqa. We will explore the abundance of medicinal plants growing in this wild spot, learning about folklore and history, therapeutic uses and responsible harvesting practices. 11am1pm. £10, £5 conc. hedgeherbs.org.uk Stanisław Wyspianski and the Polish Arts & Crafts Movement William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Art historian Julia Griffin introduces the Polish Młoda Polska (Young Poland) movement and the work of its foremost representative, the artist, designer and writer Stanisław Wyspianski 1869-1907. 2.30-3.30pm. FREE, no need to book. wmgallery.org.uk

Our Hurricane Story One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe Street E17 4PH The event will be an evening of entertainment, highlighting the effects of a hurricane on island life with poetry by Jane Grell and Pam Clarke. Light refreshments provided. 6-9pm. FREE. wftwinningassociation.org Closet Vinyl The Northcote Arms Pub, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL A night of music, dancing, singing and fun. Have a go at DJing on our decks or just come for a boogie. Pizza, cocktails and hands in the air. 8pm-12.30am. FREE. closetvinyl.com

Sunday 12 May Walthamstow Folk presents The Frank Burkitt Band Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA The Frank Burkitt Band have made incredible progress in the last 4 years, releasing their debut album Fools & Kings in 2015 and becoming a festival favourite throughout New Zealand. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk

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Family Day: Motive/Motif Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Fun activities for families to make and do together, inspired by its collections, exhibitions and the history of Waltham Forest. Activities for children with access needs are available. 1.30-4pm. FREE but suggested donation £3

Shams’ Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ The Queen of butter chicken returns with two evenings of Pakistani street food. Veggie and meat options and takeaway also available. 6-9.30pm while stocks last. FREE entry, dish prices vary. Repeated 18 May. shamskitchen.co.uk

Tuesday 14 May Storytelling Club Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Come to a storyround. Bring a story, poem or ballad or come to listen. 7.309.30pm. £5, £4 conc. stowtellers@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 15 May The Real Dad’s Army – The Home Guard St John’s Church Hall, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Mike Brown will address the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society on what actually occurred locally during WW2. His talk will follow the short AGM of the Society. Doors 7.15pm for refreshments, 7.45-9.45pm. £2, L&LHS members FREE. leytonhistorysociety.org.uk

Thursday 16 May Los Otros at The Vic The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH All your favourite jazz standards with a bit of Latin and swing. Be prepared for surprises - guest vocalists, upbeat dance rhythms and music for mellow moods. 9-11.30pm. FREE. losotros.co.uk Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Road, Highams Park E4 9PB Highams Park Live presents an acoustic evening of live music performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters, poets and storytellers. Performers are booked in advance. 7.30-11pm. FREE. highamsparklive@btconnect.com highamsparklive.co.uk Plugged: Live Music & Visuals Leyton Technical, 265b High Road, Leyton E10 5QN An open jam social for music makers, VJs and audiences to come together. If you want to take part, arrive early with your laptop/synth/instrument of choice. Powered by Ableton Link. All welcome. 8-11.30pm. FREE. 020 8558 4759 leytontechnical.com

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Saturday 18 May Leyton Jubilee Park Market KukooLaLa , The Cottage, 3 Marsh Lane E10 7BL A new weekly market boasting a range of affordable stalls including hot food, local produce, handmade goods and pre-loved items from local makers plus music, entertainment for kids, bouncy castle. Parking available and affordable table hire if you have great products to sell, get in touch. 11am-4pm. FREE. thecreativesideoflondon.com Family Day: Hey Clay Special Made in London William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP Build a London landmark from clay and discover the link between Brangwyn’s etching ‘The Demolition of the Post Office’ and Vestry House Museum. 1-4pm. FREE, just drop in. wmgallery.org.uk Stow Film Lounge presents Quadrophenia (1979, cert 18) Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Set to The Who’s seminal rock opera, this is still one of the most definitive films of its time, vividly capturing the violent clashes between rival youth cults of Mods and Rockers in 1960s Britain. Phil Daniels stars as a sharp-suited, pill-popping, scooterriding Mod. Doors 6.45pm, film 7pm. Popcorn, ice-cream and Mirth bar. Tickets £8.50/£6.50 conc. stowfilmlounge.com

Sunday 19 May Spring Festival: Highams Park The Highams Park, Tamworth Avenue, Highams Park IG8 9RF Friends of Highams Park present music, entertainment, food, craft and the Highams Park Great British Bake off! Plus brass band, Essex dog display team and the Park’s very own maypole. 11am-4pm. tinyurl.com/HP-SpringFest2019 Disco Rani: Genderfluid Bollywood Bhangra R’n’B Mujra Party Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Fabulous monthly party for Asian LGBTQ, lovers and allies. We’re treating you to FREE entry before midnight! And your host Asifa Lahore is giving the first 25 people free drinks too. FREE entry until midnight, then £10.

DANCE/FITNESS Walthamstow Toy Library: May Fair Walthamstow Toy Library, 46 Ravenswood Rd (behind Comely Bank Surgery) E17 9LY Fun-filled family day with live music, bar, veggie and meat BBQ, kids’ lunch boxes, cake stall, bouncy castle and ball pool, Walthamstow Fire Brigade, face painting, games and stalls. The annual fundraiser for the Toy Library. 11am3pm. Adults £1, kids FREE. walthamstowtoylibrary.org Walthamstow Folk presents The Robb Johnson Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Widely regarded as one of the best songwriters this country has ever produced. Robb’s songs range from the political to the deeply personal, all delivered with skill, warmth and an infectious sense of fun. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk Waltham Forest Cello Fest Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road E17 8AX This month’s lunchtime cello recital in the museum’s Victoria Line Carriage.1.15-2.15pm. £11.25. Sorry, carriage venue not wheelchair accessible e17pumphouse.org.uk brikcius.com/walthamforestcellofest

Thursday 23 May Stow Film Lounge presents Free Solo (2018, cert 12A) Wild Card Brewery, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ An edge-of-your-seat thriller and a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of a solo free-climber as he prepares to climb the face of the 3,200 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park - without a rope. Doors 7.15pm, film 8pm. Tickets £8.50/£6.50 conc. Wild Card bar, popcorn, ice-cream and pizza to order. stowfilmlounge.com

Friday 24 May The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe Street E17 4SD Exhibition and demonstrations of Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangements. Demonstration 2.303.30pm. 12-5pm. FREE, but for the demo book a place at oharaikebana. eventbrite.co.uk. oharaenglandchapter.co.uk Teotima St John’s Music Hall, St John’s Church, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH London-based soul/jazz ensemble Teotima launch their second LP, playing a fruity concoction of West African, Brazilian and Cuban grooves, with captivating jazz harmony, engaging interactive improvisation and songwriting with a deep narrative pull. 6.30-10.30pm. £9. musichalls.org



Saturday 25 May The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe Street E17 4SD As May 24, except 10am-5pm. Chelsea Fringe: Guided Walks Around Walthamstow Community Gardens West Walk starts Cleveland Park Avenue (High St end), East Walk starts Wood St Station Two free guided walks around Walthamstow’s pocket parks, gardened roadsides, planters and communal spaces. Both walks finish at St Mary’s Church. More info on website. Part of Chelsea Flower Show’s Fringe festival. 11am-12.30pm. FREE. chelseafringe.com/events

Sunday 26 May Engine Running Day Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Rd E17 8AX On the last Sunday of each month the Marshall and Loughborough steam engines are run on compressed air. The engines will run at 12pm and 2pm. Some of our petrol-driven stationary engines will also be in operation. Refreshments available in the canteen. 11am-4pm. FREE. e17pumphouse.org.uk Hoe St Market The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Rd E17 4RQ Find unique art, gifts, jewellery, homeware, ceramics, plants, cakes and more plus streetfood and a cheap bar. Free parking. 12-4pm. FREE. market@katebod.co.uk Follow @hoestmarket on social media St Barnabas Sunday Concerts presents: Musicians Without Borders St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Thinking Outside The Box: Exploring the double lives of composers with split personalities! Music by Borodin, Liszt, Ives and more. Gorgeous melodies and fascinating stories. With Gillian Keith soprano, Tom Randle, tenor, Frantisek Brikcius, cello and George Ireland, piano. 4-5pm. FREE, but £5-10 donation welcome in support of charity Mental Health UK. stbarnabassundayconcerts.weebly.com Beating the Bounds Meet on the tow path outside the Princess of Wales, 146 Lea Bridge Road E5 9RB A family event. Join Save Lea Marshes to take part in an ancient tradition that celebrates our open spaces and marks parish boundaries. There will be willow decorating, music, a little bit of local history and children are welcome to come in fancy dress. 1.30-4pm. FREE. saveleamarshes.org.uk

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Jazz Sunday Lunch The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD A wonderfully mellow afternoon of jazz with a delicious 3 course meal which includes a vegan soup, followed by Jerk chicken or vegan sweet potato curry. Free parking. 1-3pm. £12.95. Please mention E List when booking info@thewilliammorris.co.uk

Bank Holiday Monday 27 May Orford House Open Day Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR As May 6.

Tuesday 28 May Lloyd Park Nature Trail and Pond Dipping Lloyd Park Island, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Discover what creatures live in Lloyd Park with a mini beast hunt including the chance to pond dip. With trail and crafts. Drop in and join us. 10am-1pm. FREE, but donations welcome.

Wednesday 29 May #watevah The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly club night, playing #watevah we like - new pop, gentle, noise, dub. 7.30-11.15pm. FREE. facebook.com/clubwatevah

Thursday 30 May E17 Art Trail Preview Events Various venues around Walthamstow Many of this year’s exhibitions mark the opening of the Trail with special preview evenings around town. Check the Art Trail Guide, website and social media for details of participating venues. e17arttrail.co.uk/previews


Saturday 1 June Big Lunch 2019: 10 year anniversary! On your street, at a park, it’s up to you! The Big Lunch is about millions of people getting together to share food. Join 6 million other people for the 10th year anniversary and share a meal or cuppa with your neighbours. 1-11pm. Get a free Big Lunch Pack at edenprojectcommunities.com. thebiglunch.com Wanstead Vintage Fashion & Brocante Fair Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane E11 2HD Two halls filled with genuine, affordable vintage fashions and accessories. Also furniture, homewares, collectables and brocante items. 11am-5pm. £2.50, £1.50 conc inc NUS, under 14s FREE. lovevintage.co.uk Beryl Swain Exhibition Opening Event 1B Window Gallery, Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Supported by VC London, an all-female motorbike collective. Watch 30+ women arrive on motorbikes, listen to talks from Kirstin Sibley, exhibition curator, and Gemma Harrison, founder of VC London. 11.30am-12.30pm. FREE. vclondon.co.uk Eden Revisited – Helen Alveranga Retrospective 7 Samantha Close E17 8EU A private collection of the late Helen Alveranga’s oil paintings depicting the wonder and awe of nature. A showcase of remarkable hyperrealism works honouring the artist’s memory. The wonder of nature prevails. Continues tomorrow. 11am-5.30pm. FREE. alveranga.co.uk

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters St Mary’s Music Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RL Exciting new project from Grammynominated artist Bruce Molsky which sees the legendary US fiddle player and singer joining forces with two talented young artists from the American roots scene, Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch. 6.30-10.30pm. £10. musichalls.org

Electronic17 at the Hare and Hounds The Hare & Hounds, 278 Lea Bridge Road E10 7LD Joining your local electronic music community this month is Timothy J. Fairplay (Crimes of the future / The Asphodells) alongside Kat Richmond and crew. 8pm-12.30am. FREE. facebook.com/electronic17

Friday 31 May

Drawing Workshop with Kirsten Schmidt One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe St E17 4SD Contribute to Kirsten Schmidt’s ‘Fellowship is Life’ print to be shown in the William Morris Gallery’s Discovery Lounge later this year by taking part in this free drop-in workshop. 11am1.30pm. FREE. kirstenschmidt.com

Lost In The 80’s The Deaton Theatre, Forest School E17 3PY The 3D’s, a one hit wonder girl group from the 80s are ready to hit the charts again! An original musical by Angela Broome and Marcus Scroop performed by The Secret Musical Society. 7.3010pm. £10. Repeated June 1. thesecretmuscial.com ticketsource.co.uk/lostinthe80s

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Gardeners’ Archaeology Event One Hoe Street, 1 Hoe St. E17 4PH Bring your objects found in gardens or allotments to find clues about their history. 2-4pm. FREE. lucy-harrison.co.uk/projects/self-build Walthamstow Folk presents Will Kaufman on Woody Guthrie and Old Man Trump Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Will Kaufman is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on folk legend Woody Guthrie. It tells the story of Guthrie’s battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the US president. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 3 June Taking Back The Streets Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS An African parade and drumming workshop to celebrate our local community. Just turn up, grab a drum, a bell or a shaker and join the party. 4-6pm. FREE, no need to book. Red Imp Previews presents John Robins Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Winner of the Edinburgh Award 2017 and star of Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News and his very own hilarious Radio X FM show brings his new Edinburgh show to E17. 8.3010.30pm. £10. redimpcomedy.com

Tuesday 4 June Artists Around the Corner: Documentary (60mins) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Do you know the story of the E17 Art Trail and how this idea came about? E17 Room brings you a documentary with 10 of the first participants from 2005, who opened their homes or exhibited in iconic places. Film showings at 10am, 1pm, 3pm. £2, under 16s FREE. ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/2836 facebook.com/e17room

Wednesday 5 June Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Eid & Summer Lloyd Park Community Room, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP We’ll begin with a simple craft followed by a ramble in the park before going back inside for stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Red Imp presents Milton Jones Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA One liner genus making his E17 debut. SOLD OUT. Join mailing list for first dibs. redimpcomedy.com


Friday 7 June Damn Good Curry Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ See May 10. Quartet by Ronald Harwood Forest Community Theatre, Guildford Road E17 4EA A funny and poignant play exploring themes of art and age, about three retired opera singers living together in a home whose equilibrium is disrupted when diva Jean, ex-wife of Reggie, moves in. Tea provided. 8-10.15pm. £9, £6 conc. Continues until Sunday. wegottickets.com/walthamdrama

Saturday 8 June Linear Park Plot Lines: Launch Linear Park, Grove Green Rd E11 4EN Launch event for Linear Park Plot Lines, a Making Places project for Waltham Forest by Matter Architecture and Lucy Harrison. Come and find out more over tea and cake. 2.30-4.30pm. FREE. linearparkplotlines.org.uk Abigail Brown: Artist’s Open Studio Studio 18, Switchboard Studios, Unit 50, Uplands B, Blackhorse Rd E17 5QJ Abigail Brown creates animal artworks in textiles, papier mâché and wood. Visit her at work in her colourful plantfilled studio to buy or commission an animal of your own. Continues tomorrow. 12-6pm. FREE. abigail-brown.co.uk The Wonder of Diversity Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Rd E17 9LN Group Exhibition showcasing the wealth of talent and diversity from our creative borough! Artists exhibiting a range of media, including ceramics, painting and sculpture, plus workshops by local artists. 10am-3pm. FREE. wfchub.org

Sunday 9 June Baby Gospel Family Concert CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Road IG1 4XA An uplifting family concert of soul, motown and gospel with professional gospel singers. 11-11.45am. Adults £12, up to 3 kids free per adult. babybroadway.co.uk Finding London 6 Falmer Road E17 3BJ Based around found objects from the River Thames spanning nearly 2,000 years of London’s history, Finding London immerses visitors in diverse perspectives on the capital’s past and present. Repeated Saturday 15 June. 10am-4pm. FREE. both@liquify.net

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Sunday Jive in the Red Lion Pub Ballroom 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Rock’n’roll, swing, rockabilly, blues, country, R’n’B. 3-7pm. FREE. facebook.com/sunday.jive.18

Tell – Stories & Tales of Walthamstow Hewing Wittare, 93 Fleeming Road E17 5ET Hewing Wittare presents Tell, a hub for local storytelling with E17 artists Emily Vanns and Georgie White. Plus lino printing and story sharing workshop. 10am-2pm. FREE. 07843 447905

Walthamstow Folk presents Clarke Buehling Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Buehling is one of the world’s leading authorities on 19th century banjo. A legend who very rarely tours the UK. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Tuesday 11 June Talk: Feeding Babies Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Ln E17 6DS After 15 years research into how our babies are fed: what have we learnt? A La Leche League hosted talk by Swansea University Associate Professor Amy Brown, followed by a Q&A. Refreshments and book sale. 12-2pm. £6, kids FREE. ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/2594 Storytelling Club Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Come to a storyround. Bring a story, poem or ballad or come to listen. 7.309.30pm. £5, £4 conc. stowtellers@yahoo.co.uk

Friday 14 June Speak Easy at The Gin Palace Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ An evening of spoken word and open mic hosted by BK13 aka Bobby. Performers sign up at 7.30pm. Dutch courage available. 8-10.30pm. mothersruin.net

Saturday 15 June Brilliant Bees Meet by the stables building next to the tennis courts, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join Lloyd Park’s Community Gardener to celebrate the brilliance of bees. 11am-1pm. FREE, donations welcome. walthamforest.gov.uk/content/lloyd-park Bilingual Group Workshop and Play Session The Limes Community and Children’s Centre, 6 Somers Road E17 6RX Workshop with tips for parents raising their children with several languages (sorry, no creche!). Or just join us for the play session and share experiences with other parents over coffee while the children play. 3.30-5.30pm. FREE. wfbilingual.org.uk

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Walthamstow Folk presents Elizabeth LaPrelle & Sandy Newlin Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Best known as one half of super hot folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, tonight LaPrelle performs with her mother Sandy Newlin. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Wednesday 19 June Religion and Radicalism on Wanstead Flats St John’s Church Hall, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Mark Gorman and Peter Williams give an illustrated talk about the different religious and political groups who’ve used Wanstead Flats as a place for protest and illegal gatherings. Refreshments from 7.15pm. 7.459.45pm. £2, FREE to L&LHS members. leytonhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Thursday 20 June A Son et Lumière for the Summer Solstice St Michael and All Angels Church, Northcote Road (corner Palmerston Road) E17 6PQ Enjoy some peace and meditation by soaking up the atmosphere of this wonderful building, lit by over 900 candles, and listen to the recorded sounds of 18th century plainchant. 8.30-9.30pm. FREE, but donations welcome to the church repair fund.

Friday 21 June Electronic 17: A Guy Called Gerald Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH UK acid house legend A Guy Called Gerald comes to Maud for a special set. Joined by Kat Richmond, Samantha Blackburn and Future Unit from Electronic17. 8pm-1am. £14. facebook.com/electronic17

Saturday 22 June Church Hill Summer Fair Church Hill Nursery School, 47 Woodbury Road E17 9SB Games, bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, cakes, crafts, face painting, henna tattoos and Walthamstow School for Girls’ Steel Band. Fun for all the family and the best summer fair food in all of E17. 11am-2pm. Adults £1, children FREE but games tickets £1 per strip. churchhillchildren.org

DANCE/FITNESS Pop Up Vintage Fairs London Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Over 50 stalls selling original vintage fashion, menswear, jewellery, accessories, homewares, small furniture, posters, collectables and more. Plus live music, tea room and licensed bar. Entry payable on the door only. 12-5pm. £2, NUS £1. popupvintagefairs.co.uk Art Night Various venues. See feature on page 17. An allnight festival of art in extraordinary spaces. London’s largest, free contemporary art festival.Each year, Art Night focuses on a different area of London, working with its distinct identity, culture and architecture. This year is Waltham Forest’s turn. See website for schedule and map. FREE, all night long. Visit 2019.artnight.london Summer Concert: Brahms, Britten and Schumann Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ A delicious concert including Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Britten’s Flower Songs and Schumann’s Dichterlieder London Forest Choir conducted by Jonathan Rathbone with soloists Leo Nicholson, piano and Janet Croxwell, soprano. 7-11pm. £12 in adv, £14 on the door, £6/£7 conc, £3 for children. londonforestchoir.org Ariahindream: Glow Launch Party Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Launch party for Ariahindream’s new single Glow, music she describes as indietronica, rooted in alternative R&B with experimental and ambient influences. Support bands to be confirmed. 7.30-11.30pm. £5, tickets via Eventbrite. eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday 23 June Waltham Forest Cello Fest Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road E17 8AX This month’s lunchtime cello recital in the museum’s Victoria Line Carriage.1.15-2.15pm. £11.25. Sorry, carriage venue not wheelchair accessible e17pumphouse.org.uk brikcius.com/walthamforestcellofest Lloyd Park Seasonal Sunday: Summer Meet at the stables building next to Tennis Courts, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join us as a family to explore Lloyd Park in different seasons with a walk and fun, nature-inspired activities for all generations to enjoy together. 11am2pm. FREE but donations welcome. walthamforest.gov.uk/content/lloyd-park



Family Day: Art Night Special Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Hands-on craft activities to celebrate Art Night. Activities for children with access needs available. 1.30-4pm. FREE. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk

Wednesday 26 June Shakespeare’s Richard II Open-Air Greek Theatre, Woodbury Rd E17 9RZ Shakespeare’s gripping and poetical masterpiece of the decline and fall of a flamboyant and recklessly overindulgent king with an unwavering conviction in his divine right to rule. Performed in Walthamstow’s stunning open-air theatre. Bring cushions, rugs and come early for wine/refreshments and picnics. Gates 6.45pm for 7.3010.30pm performance. On the door only, £9, £7 conc, £3 students with ID, WGS with lanyard FREE. Plus Saturday matinee 3pm. greektheatreplayers.co.uk

Thursday 27 June Shakespeare’s Richard II Open-Air Greek Theatre, Woodbury Rd E17 9RZ As June 26 Las Migas St Mary’s Music Hall, Church Hill E17 9RL With their powerful vocals, dancing violin lines, sensual choreography and upbeat guitar rhythms, Spanish quartet Las Migas create a fascinating blend of flamenco and Mediterranean music with echoes of gypsy and Latin American sounds. 6.30-10.30pm. £10. musichalls.org

Friday 28 June Shakespeare’s Richard II Open-Air Greek Theatre, Woodbury Rd E17 9RZ As June 26 From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam Meet at William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Guided walk exploring E17’s fascinating history. Stories include the Dickens’ plagiarist, the hidden Greek theatre and what Pepys thought of Walthamstow wine. 2-4pm. £12, £9 conc. Book in advance only please. joanna@westminsterwalks.london bit.ly/E17MoncrieffWalk Shams’ Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Hot and delicious Pakistani street food from wonderful Shams. Veggie and meat options and takeaway also available. 6-9.30pm while stocks last. FREE entry, dish prices vary. shamskitchen.co.uk Dial M for Music Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP Monthly music club. As May 10.

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You Should Be Dancing! Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ dolores rocket’s sell-out nights for people who cut their dancing teeth in the 70s/80s now in its 3rd year! Expect soul, reggae, funk, pop and disco from the 60s to mid-90s. Younger friends welcome too! 8pmmidnight. £6.60 in adv, £8 on the door. doloresrocket.com/ysbd.html

Saturday 29 June Shams’ kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ As June 28. Eclectic Shock: Experimental New Music Night The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH A diverse array of original new music featuring Simon and The Spears and friends. 8-11.30pm. FREE.

Sunday 30 June Think globally Create Locally Celebration Day OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent E4 7UH Music, storytelling and art workshops and performances from Africa and Latin America plus plant sale, market stall and tours of Organiclea. 12-3pm. FREE, no need to book. mbillaarts.co.uk

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Engine running Day Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Rd E17 8AX See 26 May. kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) Pulse Rehearsal Studios, Unit K, Blackhorse Mews, Blackhorse Lane E17 6SL Since 1995 Makoto Kawabata has been the leader of Japanese psychedelic outfit Acid Mothers Temple. Catch an intimate and experimental solo set here. Support from Charlotte Keeffe. 7-10pm. £7.50. tinyurl.com/MakotoE17

Looking forward to JuLY Saturday 6 July Haydn – The Creation Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN South West Essex Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra perform Haydn’s exuberant celebration of the wonder of creation. With conductor Andrew Sackett and soloists. 7.30-9pm. £16, £14 in adv, £5 under 18s. southwestessexchoir.org.uk

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COME AND ENJOY OUR WONDERFUL COMMUNITY INITIATIVE THE 2019 WALTHAMSTOW VILLAGE FESTIVAL Street food & drink • Live music • Craft stalls • Bouncy castles • Ice cream and more

6-14 July

13 & 14 July

Leytonstone Arts Trail Various venues around Leytonstone Leytonstone Arts Trail is an annual festival of visual arts run by artists, for their work and the community. Participants display their work in a variety of venues such as their homes, studios, workshops, cafes, shops, galleries or outdoors. Check website for updates and to sign up for more details. leytonstoneartstrail.org

Walthamstow garden Party Behind the William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 5JW Waltham Forest’s famous, FREE two day community get together returns; full of music, dance, arts and crafts, circus and food and drink. Check website for updates and to sign up for more details. FREE, no ticket required. walthamstowgardenparty.com

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