The year has flown by, but to make sure you get off the best start in 2018 we have put together a few activities happening in Bethnal Green that you simply cannot miss.

Coming or going –3rd -31st January – Oxford House Gallery
Whilst Brexit has already happened, there was a key demographic that were not allowed to vote within Brexit, even though it affects them the most. There are over 3 million EU citizens residing in the UK, yet they were not allowed to vote in the referendum despite working and paying their taxes. This project by Stephen Bell and Jon Chater aims to give these EU citizens a voice. Alongside photographs of the citizens in their workplace, there will also be text from a short interview conducted with them, to find out how Brexit has affected them on an emotional level. This exhibition is incredibly interesting as it shares real life stories and shows what Brexit means, and how it has directly affected people beyond the contest in Westminster. The private view will take part on the 5th of January with beers and wine also available.

Private View: 5th January – 6-9pm
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom

Money Smart Kids’ workshop -13th January – V&A Museum of Childhood
The holidays are always rough on the wallet; however this workshop at the V&A Museum of Childhood can help you recover from this money stress. Led by professors from London School of Economics, financial teachers from MyBnk and others, this is an invaluable workshop on how kids learn about money, the challenges that arise and how we can aid their learning from an early age. This interactive workshop promises to be fun as well as incredibly useful for children as well as adults.

Admission: Free, children 8+, 11.00-12.00pm
Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

The Green Meeting – 16th January – Oxford House
The Green will meet again in January to discuss the regeneration programme within Bethnal Green and engage residents in discussions about how Bethnal Green can be improved. During the meeting, some of the exciting plans for 2018 will also be shared. Oxford House is keen to support businesses and residents in the area and the best way to do that is by joining the discussion.

To bring any discussion points to the table this month, please email: bethnal.green@oxfordhouse.org.uk
Admission: Free
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom

Burns Night – 26th January – Oval Space
On Friday the 26th Oval Space will indulge in everything Scottish in honour of Robert Burns – the legendary Scottish poet. The in-house Scottish chef has come up with an amazing 3 course authentic Scottish menu (with vegetarian alternatives). Alongside the menu there will be a whiskey dram as well as whiskey cocktails. Whether you are a fan of poetry, culinary cuisine or even whiskey this promises to be a great way to spend the last Friday of January. As well as the food there will also be entertainment provided on the night courtesy of Ceilidh Tree.

Tickets: £55 (include a starter, main, dessert, whiskey dram and a welcome cocktail.)
29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT

By Thufayel Ahmed