October, that’s right it is October already. It seems 2017 has flown by; whilst we are no closer to hearing the end of ‘Brexit’ we are very much at the end of 2017. With Black History Month and Halloween both being celebrated in October, it is an extremely significant and fun month. We have put together a list of events happening here in Bethnal Green to make October even better.

Out-Spoken -3rd October – Rich Mix

Outspoken has grown from a small poetry night into the juggernaut it is today in just 5 years. With its own independent publishing house – Out-Spoken press and monthly workshops this has truly been a success. On the 3rd of October, Out-Spoken will be at Rich Mix for an eclectic night of spoken word poetry and live music challenging the establishment amongst many other things.

Suitable for ages 16+
Tickets: click here
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Pop up Opera’s Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel -10th October – V&A Museum of Childhood

A children’s fairy-tale in a children’s museum, is there a more perfect combination? I highly doubt it. The classic fairy-tale is transformed into an opera that is engaging and magical. Hansel and Gretel is perhaps the most operatic fairy tale of them all as it explores themes such as magic, darkness but also innocence. This is one of the reasons Humperdinck’s music is able to create contrasting worlds within the story so easily. This is an in-genius idea and will make for a great family day out. Pop up opera are an innovative touring company who aim to broaden the appeal of opera and this show will certainly do that. The show is also a lot more affordable than normal opera tickets and will make for a great family day out.

Tuesday 10th October 7.30pm
To book tickets: click here
12.00 -14.00, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, United Kingdom

Somali week festival – 20th October – Oxford House

The Somali week festival is sure to be a celebration of arts and all things Somali culture. With creatives in the field of music, poetry, film and photography attending the event, there is sure to be something everyone can enjoy. The Somali week festival always takes place in October as it is a correlative part of Black History Month, so not only will it be fun but it is also an extremely important event particularly in a multicultural town such as ours.

Friday October 20, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (daily repeats until 29th October)
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom

Secretsundaze Halloween Party -28th October – Oval Space

No October list would be complete without a Halloween party on it. Luckily for all of you this does not fall on the actual day of Halloween so you are able to go to more than one Halloween party this year. Oval Space will be taken over by Secretsundaze, and the DJ duo have picked Club Kids to be the theme this year. For those who do not know Club Kids, they were a group of young New York City dance club personalities who were known for their flamboyant behaviour, their outrageous costumes and of course their partying. For anyone struggling with inspiration for costume ideas – simply aim for an air of fabulous. This is sure to be the biggest and most flamboyant Halloween party and you do not want to miss it.

Saturday 28th October 22:00-6.00, 18+ ID required
Tickets: here
29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT

By Thufayel Ahmed
Oxford House volunteer Blogger