Looking ahead to upcoming events across the borough
This weekend is jam packed! Take a look below at all the events coming up - there's plenty to fill up your diaries with.
From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September, a spectacular weekend of pop-up films, workshops, markets and movie magic will take over the streets of Leytonstone, the hometown of Alfred Hitchcock, in the form of Leytonstone Loves Film.
Produced by the Barbican in partnership with local residents and organisations, all events, activities and screenings are free and unticketed. Highlights include a dog-friendly opening night showing of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, a screening of Grime Waltham Forest followed by a panel discussion on the Saturday and a family-friendly dress up, sing-a-long screening of Bugsy Malone to see out the weekend.
27-29 September 2019 | Across Leytonstone | Free
The second weekend of Listen Local: The Performances runs from Friday evening until Sunday evening (27-29 September). These performances have been created by community groups, young people, Waltham Forest residents and local artists, in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.
The five performances include Monumental Citizens, a film installation Chingford Mount; The Fountain Stage, South Asian songs performed around the Waltham Forest Town Hall fountain; Intercept, an interactive experience in the Bakers Arms area; Breathing Space, a trail around Langthorne Park to discover bold celebrations of daily triumphs and I’m An Earthling, a community theatre performance on a Routemaster bus.
27-29 September | Borough wide | Free
Join us and hundreds of others on Saturday in Coronation Gardens in Leyton for a community celebration like no other. Carnival Fantastico is a free one-day community celebration of arts and culture for all the family to enjoy including dance, music, spoken word, workshops, a carnival parade and food stalls. Special carnival performances will also be taking place at the Leyton Orient v Port Vale match at 2.45pm and 3.45pm, so if you’re a ticket holder, keep your eyes peeled!
28 September | Coronation Gardens & Leyton Orient | Free
Walthamstow-born tour guide Abdulmaalik Tailor is leading a series of Culinary Walking Tours through Waltham Forest's diverse communities, with this weekend’s tour focusing on Chingford!
Travelling from cafés to bakeries, these tours will introduce your tastebuds to every sensation our borough has to offer. Remember to wear loose clothes, bring a good appetite and don’t be in a hurry to get anywhere else – these tours could last from brunch till dinner. Learn more about Abdulmaalik Tailor and the Culinary Walking Tours series in our Q&A.
28 September | Chingford | £25/£20
BBC Imagine… EastSide Story
Now for something a completely different. EastSide Story, originally commissioned by Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and presented by Raw Academy and Catalyst in Communities, will broadcast on BBC One on Monday 30 September, explored in documentary style as part of the imagine... series. Filmed over several months, imagine… EastSide Story will allow viewers to follow a group of young people involved in the project, as they embark on a performance of a lifetime, telling their story in their own words.
30 September 10.35pm | Your living room, BBC One
Matana Roberts, known for her exploration of African American history through her COIN COIN series of records, is a new arrival in London and will be performing a new composition called ...No Way Was Clear, No Light Unbroken (In The Forest...). In a special commission for The People's Forest, Roberts delves into the rich history of Epping Forest and connects it to the work of writer Ursula K Le Guin. Born 90 years ago this autumn, Le Guin’s stories The Word For World Is Forest and Vaster Than Empires Yet More Slow were profound meditations on colonialism, travel, belonging, and the human intersection with the natural world. The commissioned musical performance will take place in the ancient St Mary’s Church Walthamstow, which was once surrounded by the trees of Epping Forest. More information and tickets (£12/£8) are available here.
4 October | St Mary's Music Hall | £12/£8
Don’t forget you can search for even more events happening over the next week on the website too and keeping checking our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more upcoming events and other exciting things going on in Waltham Forest.
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