Camberwell Arts Festival 2018
Not many parts of town are quite as artsy as Camberwell, so their annual 8-day cultural feast is always crammed to the brim with a dope selection of free exhibitions, open studios, comedy, poetry, music, talks, walks, supper clubs and markets. This year they’re taking inspo from Camberwell’s coat of arms motto ‘All’s Well’ - that means wellness dear user, in the shape of meditations, yoga classes and therapeutic drawing sessions, but also keep an eye out for the big arts market on Saturday 23rd on Camberwell Green. This is a wholesome, community-run thing bringing people of all backgrounds and ages together and we're all for it.
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This bar, restaurant and music-cum-art space next to the canal has an ethos we're right behind: an experiment in creating a community area with businesses adhering to ethical, sustainable and green business models. Think locally sourced, organic and fair trade produce sourced from organisations that don't avoid their taxes and pay the London living wage. Alongside temporary restaurant residencies and a bar, they put on plenty of community events with live music, day festivals and other stuff all in-keeping with community spirit.
***Closed. Liam. 02/18*** Overwhelmed by the abundance of innovative artwork around Brick Lane and need a little sit down? Head over to the little cutesy cafe Suzzle, where their food and art will continue to blow your cotton socks off. With a small gallery, tempting gluten-free treats and rich coffee on hand, you'll probably have a tough job leaving. Walk by at night and check out the black & white street art piece on their shutter created by Ashes57.
Coming Clean: Life As A Naked House Cleaner
Cumming to a home near you, Ethan Mechare’s play about unconventional sexual desire has been a persistent feature in London’s queer theatre calendar. There’s a lot to love about Coming Clean: it embroils you in a world you might not have encountered before, and it feels voyeuristic because it’s normally set in a random person’s flat. If you’ve ever wondered what life as a naked house cleaner was like - and really, who hasn't - Ethan’s experiences really are the best education you’re likely to get. You know, straight from the horse’s mouth and all that. The show will be in Wood Green on 15th April, a secret location to be confirmed on 22nd April, and Bounds Green on 4th, 5th and 6th May.
Rinse X Tate Exchange
Sunday is fun-day at the Tate Exchange where a feast for the eyes and ears awaits with an all-day programme of live art, music, and discussion. Rinse, a homegrown East London pirate music radio station are the guests of honour, bringing with them breakout artist Jonatan Leandoer 127, whose self-released "Psychopath Ballads" cassette is a raw and haunting mix of vocals, electronics, and acoustic instrumentation. Multidisciplinary artist Athena Padadopoulos will be on site creating installations in real time, in conjunction with the music. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty — visitors are encouraged to participate, discuss, and collaborate.