Coming up in Waltham Forest - 1 August

Published Thu 1 August 19 by Callum

Your guide to events in the borough this weekend...

Following a fascinating sensory journey into Epping Forest with Living Symphonies last week (check out our interview with artists Jones/Bully), we roll into August with a packed weekend of music and culture for you to experience and enjoy!


The legendary Apache Indian headlines Waltham Forest Mela this weekend, alongside a host of incredible artists including Mona Singh, H-Dhami, Roach Killa, Bonafide, Najma Akhtar, Harvey Sahota, Navin Kundra, Sahara and world music collective Lokkhi.

The second stage also sees the return of the ever-popular fashion show, dance from L.E.A.D.E.R.S Academy, spoken word from Shama Rahman, music from local artist Hani King, and a performance of EastSide Story.

Throughout the day there will be a sumptuous selection of food on offer from South Asia and beyond, activities for all the family, kabaddi, a fun fair and much, much more.

Head over to the blog to read our Q&A with Hani King, plus a feature on the origins and rules of Kabaddi, which will be returning to the Mela this year.

Sunday 4 August, 2-9pm | Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, London E10 7BL | Free
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Out in the Forest

Part of The People's Forest season, Out in the Forest will be a magical all-night dance party on the edges of Epping Forest starting on Saturday evening and continuing into the small hours of Sunday. Performances across the evening come from the Radical Faerie Drum Circle, Sgàire Wood, Charity Kase and Jeanocide, followed by music from Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S), Gin (Resis Dance, Nite Dykez), Lewis G. Burton (INFERNO) and Sophie Coletta. 

Saturday 3 August, 9pm - 6am | Magic Spells Brewery, 24 Rigg Approach, Leyton, E10 7QN | £10/£15 + booking fee
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Arts Award: Music-Making for All

Children aged 5 and upwards accompanied by an adult can come along to One Hoe Street this Saturday to take part in this fun music-making workshop with Kenyan musician Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno.

Rapasa is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and contemporary dancer. He plays several indigenous instruments, with his principle instrument being the Nyatiti, an eight-string lyre from the Lüo community in the western part of Kenya. 

Rapasa has developed a deep understanding of music and Nyatiti playing from a traditional and contemporary viewpoint. His debut album “Tipona”, recorded and mastered by Nathan Okite and Jeff Chitouras (Under the Radar), is a spiritual journey through the eyes of a young village boy stepping into manhood.

Those who attend the workshop will be able to get 1-to-1 help on completing the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 Discover booklet from our expert Arts Award advisers. Please drop in and find out more!

Saturday 3 August, 2-4pm | One Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SD | Free
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If you have an event coming up in Waltham Forest that you’d like to promote, you can upload details to our website as part of the My Local Culture programme! 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 things going on in Waltham Forest.