April is the first of 4 months to have a length of 30 days, but that's no excuse for our slightly tardy To Do list for this month. For this, we are sorry, & hope you can find it in your pragmatic hearts to forgive us. Let's move on. We've learnt our lesson. Our flowers and our trees are going to start properly blooming and blossoming again this month. Lap it up, get outdoors - enjoy the nature, and make the most of what E2 has to offer while you're at it.... Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) - Rich Mix - April 10th Following their incredible performance at the Worldwide Awards earlier this year, and the release of critically-acclaimed second album Emakhosin, BCUC are set to play a very special live show this month at Rich Mix. BCUC see their music as a hedonistic trance, but also as a weapon of political and spiritual liberation. Artistic heirs to Philip “Malombo” Tabane and Batsumi, they seek to give a contemporary voice to the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples. Jazz sounds of 1970s and ‘80s productions have been replaced by hip-hop influences and a punk-rock energy. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA STAND UP 4 MENTAL HEALTH - Backyard Comedy Club - April 15th, 7:30pm - 10pm After their first sold out event, the Don't Suffer in Silence team are back at the fabulous Backyard Comedy Club with another massive lineup. Some of the best comedians in the UK will be performing to shine a light on mental health awareness. Never has it been clearer that laughter is good for the mind and for the soul - get down and support. LINE-UP: JUNIOR BOOKER, MAN LIKE HAKS, AURIE STYLA, DEANO MAC, WHITE YARDIE, CHRISTOPHER SAVAGE, NATHAN G BOOKS, DEE KAATE, ICY JONES Plus Trixy the Magician will be entertaining the audience. The evening is hosted by Marcuss Tisson & Jwxtts Backyard Comedy Club - 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL COSMIC SLOP - The Pickle Factory - 21st April - 11pm - 5am After they tested the waters late last year, it's great news that COSMIC SLOP is making a return to Oval Space's cooler little sister The Pickle Factory this month. COSMIC SLOP is a fundraiser run by MAP Charity. Check out the work they do up in Leeds and their ongoing fundraising campaign to safeguard the future of the charity via the website - www.mapcharity.org There's been a great response to what the small team behind MAP and COSMIC SLOP are pushing this year, and LoveBethnalGreen is proud to get behind them this month and ongoing. If you're not familiar, find out more about the Cosmic Slop and MAP Charity via this Resident Advisor article - residentadvisor.net/features/2909 - and this Stamp The Wax documentary - bit.ly/Cosmic-Slop Artwork above is by Johnny Cosmic The Pickle Factory - 13-14 The Oval, London E2 9DU 'THE GREEN' – Tuesday 24 March – Oxford House - 6pm Come and take part in our monthly 'The Green' meeting to see how the re-generation plan is developing. If you are a business owner, come and represent your business at the meeting and share your ideas with us and members of the council. If you’re a resident, come and have your say on the issues that are important to you. This month we'll be discussing work that will be taking place to improve our public realm spaces - not to be missed - come and have your say. To get involved in the meeting and to add an agenda point you feel needs addressing please email: email@example.com The strength of these meetings is in the guest list, so please do share this opportunity far and wide; businesses, residents, organisations – all welcome. Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HGread more
“The Green” will meet next Wednesday 21st March, bringing together businesses, residents, organisations and representatives from the Tower Hamlets Town Centre Team. At this meeting, we’ll be reflecting on points covered last month, looking at the East End Trades Guild "Affordable Workspace Manifesto", and discussing what's missing from the Bethnal Green events calendar in 2018. We are joined this month by John Ryan, CEO at Oxford House, who will update us on the up and coming heritage project including the building works and the community activity programme. He’ll also give us a whistle stop history of Oxford House since 1884. To bring any discussion points to the table this month, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Agenda for "The Green"read more
- John Ryan - Oxford House, guest speaker
- Actions from "The Green" in February
- Market development work summary
- Window decorations and animating our town centres
- East End Trades Guild, Affordable Workspace Manifesto update
- Update on Stars of Bethnal Green // Phytology // Falmouth Photo briefs
- Events in Bethnal Green > where can we take this?
We caught up with Project Officer Amber Plumbly from the aptly named 'Volunteering Matters', to hear about the mutual benefit that their programme 'Positive Futures' can bring to our community. Hi Amber, thanks for stopping by. So tell us about 'Positive Futures'? Hi! It is a Lottery Funded project that works in Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. It aims to match meaningful volunteering opportunities with young people, so that they can develop their skills whilst giving back to their local community. We also have another aspect that allows young people to create and deliver their own social action project, which could be something they are passionate about or a local issue that’s affecting the area. Nice. & what are the overall aims of the project? To create more intergenerational interactions between people, to build relationships and community build, to enable people to make a positive difference within their communities, to allow people to know more about their communities and feel like they can discuss important matters that affect the local area, and to increase the development of life skills for young people, to enhance the organisation by providing diversity and new ideas. Who are the opportunities for? Young people aged 13 – 25 from any occupation, but we are also looking for businesses and organisations that would welcome a young volunteer. What will a young person gain from the programme?read more
- Skills to help them in their future in education and/or employment.
- Develop life skills and feel better prepared for adulthood.
- Leading a positive change with their community.
- Connection with their community.
- Make positive friendship with their peers.
- Increase confidence and self-worth.
- The chance to empower and teach a young person.
- New skills, ideas and experience from the young person.
- Connection with their community.
- Increases diversity.
- Improves reputation and supports the local area.
- Makes a positive difference and build relationships with young people and the community.
Spring's basically peeping her head out from under the duvet - she's not far off, trust us! So when you're not hoarding daffodils, we've got you covered - with some choice bits and pieces to keep busy with in E2 this month. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="345"] If you took this photo of the Big Dog, get in touch & we'll sort you out some cassette tapes from way back. [/caption] The Hot Red Chilli Peppers - Saturday 17th March - York Hall As far as tribute acts go, this lot know what they're doing! Playing all the jams from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ extensive back catalogue of hits and albums featuring Californication, By The Way, Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Suck My Kiss, Under The Bridge … the list goes on and on. All in the iconic surroundings of York Hall. Ding Ding! Event: doors at 8:00pm 5 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ The Doctor’s Orders Presents Tim Westwood – Saturday 17 March – Oval Space Tim Westwood is one of London’s most loved Disc Jockeys, with over 30 years experience in the hip-hop, radio, TV and making your night scene. Westwood is one of the most outrageous charaters on the scene and is already a legend having interviewed everyone, from Biggie to Drake to Kanye. Westwood will be right here in Bethnal Green to deliver a 3 hour set guaranteed to get your knees juicy baby. Oh my gosh! Event: 18+, begins at 10.00pm 29–32 The Oval, London E2 9DT 'The Green' – Wednesday 21 March – Oxford House Come and take part in the monthly Green meeting to see how the re-generation plan is developing. If you are a business owner, come and represent your business at the meeting and share your ideas with us and members of the council. If you're a resident, come and have your say on the issues that are important to you. This month's guest speaker will be John Ryan, who will update on the up and coming heritage project at Oxford House, including the building works and the community activity programme. He’ll also give you a whistle stop history of Oxford House since 1884. All of this in 10 minutes! To get involved in the meeting and to add an agenda point you feel needs addressing please email: email@example.com The strength of these meetings is in the guest list, so please do share this opportunity far and wide; businesses, residents, organisations – all welcome. Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom 6pm start Nerd Nite London – Wednesday 21st March – Backyard Comedy Club Nerd Nite is like a series of TED talks, but with chips and drinks. 3 speakers on the night come and educate you on a topic they know way too much about, whilst you sit back, relax and cram some more detail into that tiny mind of yours. Evidence based entertainment, in a bar. Pharrell would surely approve. 7.30pm-10.30pm, £6-£7.50 Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL By Thufayel Ahmedread more