To do list: 4th – 10th July: Last week was certainly been a devastating one, and we’ve all be left wondering what next. First Brexit, then England’s sore defeat to Iceland to mark a 2nd Brexit out of the Euro cup (a sad joke, at our expense). Worry not, we anticipate that next week will be lighter, brighter and hopefully our line up of activities this week, should help to ease the pain, and restore a sense of faith . From a feisty Wrestling showcase on Friday to an charity led exhibition at Oxford house welcoming refugee’s and asylum seekers, there’s plenty here to see and do too alleviate the pangs of humiliation.
That Unexpected Extravaganza – Friday & Saturday 1st and 2nd // The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre @ York Hall
Prepare yourself for an exclusive wrestling extravaganza; The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre, hailing from Mexico. For two nights only, York hall will be transformed to the spectacular world of Luchas. Featuring some of Mexico’s and Britain’s finest masked wrestlers; ‘Mighty Silver King (aka Ramses in the notable Nacho Libre), and internationally acclaimed wrestling star Juventud Guerraera will be joining forces with the UK’s hero’s of ‘Lucha Britannia’. Providing a hair-raising free-fighting experience, and a little taste of el Méxicana. There will be an assortment of authentic Mexican street food, delicious agave cocktails and tequila shots a plenty. A perfect pick me up to end the calamitous week we’ve just had. Need I say more… Make sure you book before its too late. See you in the Arena.
Tickets: from £20 can be purchased here
The Arena: York Hall 5 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ
PubClub – Monday 4TH July //@ The Star of Bethnal Green
Monday blues? Not to worry, the Star of Bethnal Green has you covered. What better way to start your week off than in a pub known for its vibrant energy, live music and standalone character on the Bethnal Green pub scene. Check into The Star for High Five Mondays: a Margarita and a round of wings and chips for a fiver each. Plus, if you’re really up for setting the tone for the week, book one of their karaoke rooms and sing the memory of those deadlines away.
The Star of Bethnal Green: 359 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6LG
Oxford House Hosts – Tuesday 5th July// Message of Welcome @ Oxford House
Although Refugee Week ended on the 26th June, Oxford House will be hosting Messages of Welcome by Kazzum from Tuesday 5th July; a collection of postcards that feature welcoming messages to refugees and asylum seekers. Produced in creative writing workshops that discuss the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, the postcards will be featured proudly in the Oxford House gallery. In light of current events such as Brexit and British involvement in Syria, this collection comes at a poignant time. Aiming to encourage positive reception of refugees, Messages of Welcome is a project involving young people who, through these cards, extend their arms to the people of the world who are and will become part of the community. Boosting empathy and alleviating social tensions, Kazzum brings this compassionate project to Bethnal Green up until the 10th July, after which the cards will be donated to Refugee Groups.
Oxford House: Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Exhibition Date – Wednesday 6th July // Wolfgang Tillmans @ Maureen Paley
Pop down to Maureen Paley for our exhibition Wednesdays, where German Fine- Art photographer, Wolfgang Tillman’s showcases his 8th solo exhibition. Featuring new and previously unseen work The State we’re in, A (2015) located in the downstairs gallery focuses on the visible and invisible borders that define and sometimes control us. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the notable collection of Pro EU posters that were commissioned at the time of the historically momentous EU Referendum. In the wake of the Brexit, and with England’s break from the EU looming. There couldn’t be a better time to come and see some of the effective methods of Print communication used by the graphic artist and self-proclaimed supporter of the values of the EU.
The EU protects your rights against these enemies of freedom. To leave the EU now, in these dangerous political times, is not patriotic, it’s simply foolish and it would send the wrong message to the enemies of European values
Maureen Paley: 21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT
Thirsty Thursdays – Thursday 7th July // Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers @The Seabright Arms
Eat Your Own Ears presents Scottish band Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers this Thursday at the Sebright Arms. Originally formed in 2007, the band bring their haunting southern melodies to Bethnal Green and it’s not an event to be missed. With a sound that is described as “Mississipi-meets-Maryhill”, the Arms is sure to be brimming with atmosphere and intrigue. Think the Rocky Horror Show – minus the theatrics, keep the melancholy and add some notes of mysterious southern character. In a nutshell, prepare to be moved. Check out the band’s album Luck on iTunes to prep.
The Sebright Arms: 31-35 Coate Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9AG
-By Leah Abraham and Izora Baba