Category - Cultural Programming

Improv Revealed – 16th March

Note: Register Online Free ticket  –  You need to collect your tickets 30 minutes before the show to guarantee your seats!

Come and join 5 performers as they dissect the art of improvisation in this workshop that is fun, interactive, creative and all improvised based on participant suggestions.
Sprout will present some improvisation and then break down the components show how the creative and collaborative process works. You will experience both the performance and have a look behind the “curtain”.
There will games and scenes all based on audience suggestions!
Cast includes Cameron Blair, Carlotta De Gregori, Jon Cohen, Kasey Iliana Stefsios, Dave Bourn and the Amazing James Wordsworth
FREE- Pay as you feel is worth it
Collect ticket by 7.30pm  (or you may lose your seats!)
Show starts 8pm
Over 18s only

This Isle Has Voices #3 – Ghosts

21st Jan – BOOK TICKETS

It’s 2018 and TIHV is back! Talented writers reading their work, skilled musicians improvising.

We’re thrilled that TIHV3’s writers are:

LISA KELLY (poetry)

https://lisakellypoet.com/poetry/about/

PHILIP HANCOCK (poetry)

http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/philiphancockbiog.shtml

GARETH REES (fiction)

http://www.unofficialbritain.co.uk/

They’ll be reading their hauntingly beautiful poems and spine-tingling short fiction live, with music improvised by the devilishly good Andrei Ionescu and Kester Hynds. Prepare to be spooked.

All procceds will go to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Curated by Chris Rolls and Natalie Katsou

Photography by Yiannis Katsaris

Debate: Conclusion

25th January. Book Tickets

We are back again for another stimulating debate, kicking off 2018 with a discussion surrounding music and “gang culture” where we will be exploring the links if any. We will also be covering the topic of education within the community.

As usual we will be joined with a panel of experts in their field, this time we have the pleasure of guests, Nana (AccessUK), DJ Melody Kane (BBC 1Xtra) and more.

Conclusion is a topical debate and open discussion forum covering questions pertaining to each topic. We have covered questions on gentrification, religion, politics, feminism, gang culture and more.

The event features a panel made up of experts in their field who give their answers based on knowledge and experiences mixed with audience response.

Linocut Workshops with Jane Smith

21st January  & 18th February. Book Your Place

Giving basic outline of how a linocut is done, including cutting the block, rolling the ink, inking the block and taking some impressions and making a limited or unlimited edition series or simple one-offs. You’ll have a chance to try cutting and printing your own images with various types of lino, and Jane have some pre-cut blocks for those who don’t fancy using the cutting tools!

We will make some simple single-colour images, and if there is time we may be able to do two colour ones. Lino, cutting tools, rollers, inks, a burnishing tool and teaspoons (for pressing) and paper will be supplied, although if anyone has their own tools they are welcome to bring them too!

She’ll bring some of my own work to demonstrate the multitude of amazing effects that can be created with Lino. There will be no need for a press and you will be surprised at how much can be achieved with a humble teaspoon. (All Jane’s prints have been taken with a burnishing tool and a teaspoon at her studio desk! You can do a lot without a press.) It is also possible to use all kinds of paper, not just special printmaking paper.

Everyone will be welcome to take their work away, of course!

Sewing for beginners: make a tote bag

10th & 11th Feb. 2-5pm. Book Your Place

Even absolute beginners will gain knowledge, confidence and a brand new bag in this comprehensive back-to-basics 3-hour workshop.

Sewing is an incredibly satisfying and useful pastime but many people who have never sewn before are daunted by the thought of using commercial patterns and sewing machines. This workshop takes the mystery out of the jargon and symbols. You will learn how to use a pattern, prepare the fabric, cut out and transfer marks. You will thread the machine and discover its basic functions. You will put all this into practice by making a simple tote bag and by the end will have the skills and confidence to continue your new hobby in your own time.

Suitable for: absolute beginners; those who haven’t sewn for a while and would like a refresher.

All equipment and materials provided.

If you would prefer to bring your own fabric then you are welcome to. In this case you will need 1m of 152cm (60″) wide fabric. Stiff cottons such as denim, twill, canvas or upholstery material will work best. (If your chosen fabric is 115 cm wide you will need 1.2m).

About Emma Nisse

Emma is by trade a graphic designer but she has been sewing since the age of five and is now a designer and founder of Secondary Modern, an online shop and gallery where she sells her own handmade homeware and stationery. She also undertakes bespoke commissions. Emma’s work reflects her love of 20th century design and decoration and she uses vintage and upcycled materials wherever possible.

www.secondarymodern.co.uk

Bookbinding Workshop: Create a signature notebook

21st January. 10.30 – 1.30. Book Tickets

In this workshop you’ll learn all the basic skills you need to create a gorgeous notebook, complete with hard cover, sturdy bookcloth spine and hand-stitched pages. Amber will take you though each stage of creating your book, from the proper ways to cut and fold paper (believe it or not, there is a best way!) to tips and tricks needed for great stitching. She will also teach you about materials, terminology and tools, so that you can fully explore the world of bookbinding should you wish to build on what you’ve learnt after the class. This notebook is perfect for everyday notes and sketches, and makes a great thoughtful and personal gift!

Amber is a professional illustrator and animator, with a love of all things paper, and sharing her skills!

All materials and tools will be provided, plus light refreshments!


Did you know?

A ‘signature’ is a bookbinder’s name for the sections of folded paper in a book. Our notebook will have just one, but larger books can have many, many more- take a look at the spine of your favourite novel to see!

This Isle Has Voices #3: Ghosts

It’s 2018 and TIHV is back! Talented writers reading their work, skilled musicians improvising.

We’re thrilled that TIHV3’s writers are:

LISA KELLY (poetry)

https://lisakellypoet.com/poetry/about/

PHILIP HANCOCK (poetry)

http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/philiphancockbiog.shtml

GARETH REES (fiction)

http://www.unofficialbritain.co.uk/

They’ll be reading their hauntingly beautiful poems and spine-tingling short fiction live, with music improvised by the devilishly good Andrei Ionescu and Kester Hynds. Prepare to be spooked.

All procceds will go to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Curated by Chris Rolls and Natalie Katsou

Photography by Yiannis Katsaris

London International Documentary Festival 2017

A CONVERSATION IN FILM: THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2017 SPEAKS OUT FROM 23 NOVEMBER –  26 NOVEMBER!

Now in it’s tenth year, the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) presents its strongest and most diverse line up to date, investigating areas of personal and global politics from the 23rd Nov – 26th Nov.

From Romanian migrants who sculpt from damp sand full-size labrador dogs on the pavements of London, to a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ that explores complex ideas of creativity and ritual; from a young woman who explores her sexuality and autonomy through body-performances like something from Grotowski’s Poor Theatre to a portrait of a motorway rest-stop cafe; from an eclectic mix of international shorts to the humanitarian crises of refugees fleeing across the mediterranean as far as Calais, the LIDF presents again an eclectic mix of long and short films from around the globe that is bound to stimulate debate, reflection and action.

As ever themes emerge without asking, a reflection of the concerns of the moment. This year the subject of forced migration and refugees has come to the fore. The LIDF dedicates its Sunday screenings to explore this subject alongside contributors from the UN News and Media, Al Jazeera, Action UK and International Alert.

“This year’s films come from over 45 countries, directed by very established to first-time filmmakers. It’s a provocative and inspiring lineup of films presented in timely strands that are designed to spark debate. Unlike other film festivals, the LIDF doesn’t stop when the film finishes. Our films have been carefully selected, not only on their quality and content – although that is crucial – but also because of the themes they refer to. We want to reach out to a diverse audience  – those interested in the ideas we’re exploring – as well as to those that are passionate about film.”
Patrick Hazard, Festival Director, LIDF

Conclusion – Discuss & Debate

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Conclusion: Debate

It was 7 years ago at the mural of African leaders which surrounded the basement of this African restaurant, then known as Open The Gate in Stoke Newington that accommodated our first vibrant audience, knowledgeable panelists and energetic performers (music and poetry) for heated debates and open discussions.

We have now relaunched and continue to maintain that same energy!

Join us in our second show, with a panel of experts and performances where we’ll be discussing:

  1. Gentrification
  2. Religion
  3. Gang Culture
  4. Current Affairs