Coming up in Waltham Forest - 3 October

Published Thursday 3 October 2019 by Caroline

Whilst the nights may be drawing in, it doesn't mean we're slowing down!

The borough is wild with activity this weekend. There's something for everyone - from free family activities as part of Grandad's Island, to an audio download you can listen to on public transport. Take a look below for more details...

Grandad's Island: From Page to Pavement

Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement is inspired by local award-winning author and illustrator Benji Davies' 2015 book, Grandad’s Island. Presented by Walthamstow based arts development organisation Artillery, the people of Waltham Forest are being invited to co-create a multi art-form story trail, transforming our neighbourhoods into tropical lands.

Free events are taking place across the borough from 4 to 13 October with the finale event in Langthorne Park on Sunday 13 October, 12noon – 6pm featuring dance, a procession, creative workshops, multilingual storytelling and a community feast. Download the programme here. 

4-13 October 2019 | Borough-wide | Free
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Matana Roberts: Forest & Fantasy

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. 

he commissioned musical performance will take place in the ancient St Mary’s Church Walthamstow, which was once surrounded by the trees of Epping Forest

4 October 2019 | St Mary's Music Hall | £12/£8
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The Big Culture Conversation

The Big Culture Conversation aims to encourage our community to talk about what culture is as our identity and how we can use creativity as a catalyst. 2019 has been a momentous year for our borough, where residents have celebrated through the arts everything that makes us special. The Big Culture Conversation will question how do we build on this in 2020?

The event has been designed to encourage a high level of participation, and a range of voices to be heard. been designed to encourage a high level of participation, and a range of voices to be heard. It's free to come along, and refreshments will be provided. Make sure you book your space in advance!

5 October 2019 | Leyton Great Hall | Free
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We're All Bats

The We’re All Bats programme begins this week with the recording hidden sounds workshops. Inspired by bats and the way in which they use sound to find their way around the world and live their lives, this project helps us to try and do the same. Highlights include exploring the borough through music events, walks guided by sound and underwater music at a swimming pool. You will also be able to create sound with synthesizer and instrument making workshops or experience sound differently with an audio massage or the special surround sound programme. Check out the full programme of events here.

Throughout October and November | Borough-wide | Free-£15
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The Soothing Presence of Strangers

As part of Waltham Forest Tours, artist Rhiannon Armstrong has created a free audio art piece The Soothing Presence of Strangers for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 with support from Transport for London,  for people to listen to whilst riding a bus.

Combining autobiographical storytelling about a childhood friendship with a bus driver, interviews with drivers of the W12 bus, and contemplative music created from field recordings, the piece is an audio meditation on loneliness, usefulness, and friendship. The piece is now available to stream here.

Until 31 December | Your commute | Free to download
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Arts Award: Drawing Toy Stories

The Arts Award Activity & Advice Workshops allow children aged 5 and above accompanied by an adult to take part in the arts and gain a special Arts Award Discover qualification. This weekend, they'll also be celebrating the Big Draw Festival at One Hoe Street with artist Sarah Lowe. This will be the last opportunity to come to an advice session before moderations are submitted to Trinity College to get Arts Award certificates! Please note: If you are completing a Discover and are unable to come to this final session please email the team!

5 October | One Hoe Street | Free 
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Don’t forget you can search for even more events happening over the next week on the website too and keeping checking our FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more upcoming events and other exciting things going on in Waltham Forest.

Let us know what you see this week and share your experiences with us using #wfculture19