Coming up in Waltham Forest - 18 July

Published Thu 18 July 19 by Callum

A guide of top things to do in Waltham Forest over the next seven days!

At last weekend’s Walthamstow Garden Party, a record breaking 35,000 of you showed up to take in and enjoy a huge assortment of art, performance, food and drink from Waltham Forest and beyond.

Now, we take a look at the week ahead and give you the inside tip on some great things to get involved with in your London Borough of Culture 2019.

Café Abyss
The Domestic Godless’ Café Abyss is now open in the Gnome House foyer. Their anarchic travelling kitchen will be providing food and drink to the public as visitors are offered samples of foraged and recycled local produce transformed into weird and wonderful culinary delights. Only for the brave!

- 18 July, 12 - 5pm
- 19 - 20 July, 12 - 4pm and 7 - 8.30pm
- 21 July, 12 -2pm
Tickets: Free during the day, ticketed evening events Friday and Saturday
Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Ln, Walthamstow, London E17 6DS


Living Symphonies
Starting this Saturday, Living Symphonies is a musical composition and installation in Epping Forest that grows in the same way as a forest ecosystem. Created by acclaimed artist duo Jones/Bulley as part of The People’s Forest season, Living Symphonies takes data stimulus from the species of flora and fauna that inhabit the landscape, which will bring to life an ever-changing symphony heard from a network of speakers hidden throughout the woodland itself.

Living Symphonies is part of the Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival.

Date/Time: 20 to 28 July, 11am – 8pm
Tickets: Free, just turn up
Venue: The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH


Arts Award: Mandala and Sun Catcher Making
Take part in the arts and gain a special Arts Award Discover qualification at Leyton Library. Use wire, colourful tissue paper and shiny cellophane to make a dazzling mandala or sun catcher with E17 Craftworks to hang in a window in your home.

Date/Time: 20 July, 2 – 4pm
Tickets: Free, just turn up
Venue: Leyton Library, High Road, Leyton, London E10 5QH


Islamic Arts and Heritage Festival
This weekend, get ready to experience an amazing blend of creativity that will be engaging and captivating at the Islamic Arts and Heritage Festival. Discover historical hidden gems, storytelling, sightseeing bus tours, spoken word, Muslim Human books, film, workshops, comedy and exhibitions including the launch of New Faces New Places - Converts to the Islamic Faith. We go into more detail about these incredible events in this blog post.

Find more info on the full programme and book your space on the available tours here.

Date/Time: 19 – 21 July
Tickets: Free (some events require booking)
Venue: One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SD


Inua Ellams R.A.P Party 
The second Inua Ellams R.A.P Party hosted by Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 (and the 37th in total) takes place next week, after a hugely successful party in May at the Ravenswood Estate. The Leytonstone party at St. John’s Music Hall on July 25 will be an unashamedly nostalgic, fun, no clutter, no fuss evening of hip-hop inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs featuring 10 poets and DJ Sid Mercutio. Want to find out what eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop's past, present and future? Book your tickets now!

Date/Time: July 25, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10, £5 concessions
Venue: St. John’s Music Hall, St John's Church, High Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HH


Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy! Don’t forget you can search for more events over the next week on the website. Keeping checking our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more upcoming events and other things going on around Waltham Forest.