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May 2017

Africa Week Dalston


Africa in the City An interdisciplinary finale to Africa Week Dalston, exploring how Africa is (re)shaping inner city London through creativity, enterprise and storytelling. Including talks, workshops, poetry, spoken word, fashion, film, live music, dance and food... highlights including a fashion exhibition with VR from Yemzi, a talk on how to scale creativity from Urban MBA director Kofi Oppong, and an exhibition on 60 years of British Soundsystem culture from Rockers Hifi. From 4pm till late. www.africaweekdalston.com/

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June 2017

Arts4Dementia Workshops


Arcola are pleased to announce a new 8 week workshop programme for people affected by early stage dementia and their companions/carers! Partnering with Arts4Demenita, these FREE workshops will see participants will work with facilitator and director Ross Crosby (Arcola, National Theatre, Old Vic and Almedia Theatre) using theatre, reminiscence and storytelling techniques to explore mind and well-being. The result will feed into a larger, outdoor participatory project in the summer, led by Arcola, and supported by Hackney Council. The project…

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Come and explore the elements of the Liu Tzu Chue, or the six healing sounds of the Tao. Using chi kung, meditation, sound, talking and listening we can help each other transform the inbalances of grief, anger, anxiety, fear, restlessness and incohesion. Sue McAlpine has been practising and teaching tai chi, chi kung and meditation for 30 years. Like chasing a dragon's tail the practices are paradoxically impossible and elusive but vital for keeping centred in this crazy world of…

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ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW: Musvism- The ‘Black Power’ Soundtrack


Activism comes in many forms, for centuries Pan Africanists across the world have had the assistance of artist-activists to help provide the musical backdrop for resistance to enslavement, colonialism, racism and today’s globalisation. From blues to jazz, reggae to Afrobeat, many artists have used their gifts to offer social commentary and solidarity in opposition to injustice and oppression across the world. Be it Billy Holidays’ “Strange Fruit”, Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”, Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” or John Coltrane’s “Alabama”. However…

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Masterclass: Rewriting Your Play


Led by Lisa Goldman, author of The No Rules Handbook for Writers, this intensive weekend masterclass will give you the skills, confidence and focus to sustain you through your next draft. You

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East Side Stories


Us and Them. Truth and Secrets. Appearance and Reality. How do you cope with growing up when the world is falling down? Arcola Youth Theatre presents three extraordinary and unique stories, written in collaboration with young people and examining young people's relationship with each other and their world.   Terra Nova by Ryan Cameron Calais, performed by the Monday Company Stolen Secrets by Fin Kennedy, performed by the Tuesday Company He, She, They by Emma Dennis-Edwards, performed by the Wednesday Company

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What is home? Is it a place you live? Where your family are? The country, the city, the house, the people? What if you don't have a home? Or you're forced out? Young AYT responds to the idea of home and what it means to different people. The result is two timely and vital stories devised and developed by young people exploring different aspects of home. As conversations swirl about who belongs, who has a right to a home, from…

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July 2017

Arcola at Citadel Festival


Join Arcola Theatre at Citadel Festival, London's brightest new Festival. Combining the city's creativity with a thrilling musical lineup, for one day, Victoria Park becomes a sun-drenched utopia... the ultimate summer Sunday. Arcola Theatre will be onsite to host Kids' Sports & Games including space hopper races, sack races, skipping, pogo stick races, as well as volleyball & swing ball tournaments. Plus, don’t miss our storytelling session on the Pop-Up Stage… Citadel Festival Launched in 2015 with the aim of…

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