Coming up in Waltham Forest - 20 September

Published Friday 20 September 2019 by Callum

Looking ahead to upcoming events across the borough

Over the next week the borough will be filled with incredible performance art, workshops, movie magic, choirs and more! Read on to see what you can get involved in…

Listen Local: The Performances

The first weekend of Listen Local: The Performances starts TODAY. This series of free events taking place across the borough on 20-22 and 27-29 September has 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.

20-22 & 27-29 September | Borough wide | Free
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Leytonstone Loves Film

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
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Arts Award: Design a tote bag

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. On 21 September, Sba Shaikh of Mehraj Textiles will be at Leyton library for a ‘design a tote bag’ workshop.

21 September | Leyton Library, High Road, Leyton, London E10 5QH | Free, just turn up
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Creative Pathways: An insight into the film industry

The fourth Creative Pathways talk on 24 September will explore different aspects of the film industry. Young Producers will be in conversation with a spectrum of industry experts including We Are Parable and Walk With…. This event is aimed at young people wanting to break into the film industry and for those who want to meet likeminded people in film.

24 September | One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SD | Free, booking required
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Black Hair & Heritage: The Salon

The Black Hair and Heritage project celebrates black women, their hair and their identity. Taking place on 26 September at This Time Next Year, The Salon will be an intimate evening of discussion, music, drag, poetry and a zine launch exploring black women, femmes, hair and memory. The event will feature guest speakers Ruth Sutoyé, Sicgmone Kludje, Councillor Vicky te Velde and Sandra Shakespeare and performances from Nawi Collective, Son of a Tutu and Loussin-Torah.

26 September | This Time Next Year, 102 Rookery Court, 80 Ruckholt Rd, Leyton, E10 5FA | Free/Donation
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Choirfest 2019

ChoirFest is a collaboration of choirs from across Waltham Forest, presenting two weeks of live performances from Saturday 21 September to Saturday 5 October. A selection of community choirs will deliver events and performances on the theme of ‘Fellowship’, culminating in a mass performance on Saturday 5 October at Walthamstow Assembly Hall.  This is a unique initiative that is bringing together 11 choirs; a musical theatre group and a Ukulele group!

There will be a range of performances and activities—mostly free—including concerts, open rehearsals, workshops, music readings, tea parties and a comedy play with music. The full line-up can be found at

21 September – 5 October | Borough wide 
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The Big Culture Conversation

Looking even further ahead, returning on 5 October, The Big Culture Conversation will see the themes of ‘what is culture as our identity?’ and ‘How can we use creativity as a catalyst to bond our community?’ discussed with Waltham Forest residents. 2019 has been a momentous year for our borough, where residents have celebrated everything that makes us special through a vast array of arts and culture projects. How do we build on this in 2020?

5 October | Leyton Great Hall | Free, booking required
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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 Facebook, Twitter 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