Tower Hamlets Arts Information and Resources - News & resources Arts information and resources announcements from Tower Hamlets Arts & Events Team from the News & resources category en-gb 60 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:10:45 +010 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:10:45 +010 Spitalfields Music Announces Festival Curators & New CEO Spitalfields Music is delighted to announce three new imaginative Artistic Curators – Edmund Finnis, Kate Molleson and Errollyn Wallen – who will work alongside recently appointed Chief Executive, Sarah Gee, to curate the 2020 and 2021 Festivals.

After a break in 2019, Spitalfields Music Festival will return in its former summer incarnation in late June 2020. This allows them to return to their original home of Christ Church, where Spitalfields Music began 43 years ago. Read more at the Spitalfields Music website,6JH3N,I14TQ8,PZSWC,1

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370778
Urban Makers Christmas Market returns for two weekends Now in its 4th successful year, Urban Makers will be returning to the Ecology Pavilion Mile End Park, to host their annual festive makers’ market November 23rd and 24th and December 7th and 8th. They will be welcoming 50 different designers each day selling everything from Christmas gifts and decorations, homewares, jewellery, art, candles and accessories. All sustainable and ethical.

There will be a range of workshops including origami fairy light making, bespoke natural skincare and Christmas embroidery. The full line-up can be found at

Opening times are 11 - 5pm each day with free entry.

Urban Makers Feast will be back with a great selection of festive food and drink.

On November 23rd the Evoke Chamber Choir will be spreading some festive cheer with two sessions of Christmas carols.
Session 1 11.30 – 1pm Session 2 2.30 – 4pm.

The Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, Haverfield Road off Grove Road, London, E3 5TW

The Ecology Pavilion overlooks the reed beds of Mile End Park and is bathed in natural light from floor to ceiling windows.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370757
Tis the season for some great Bangla drama - and we're half-way through! We’re half-way through A Season of Bangla Drama, our annual celebration of British Bengali theatre, but there’s still time to book tickets for a number of remaining productions.

This weekend sees a bit of magic realism with Prerona on 15th November, a tale of the reincarnated literary giant Tagore having a present day encounter with the key women in his life. On Saturday 16th, Heal the World is a youth production highlighting the ecological issues which are at crisis point today and for a more upbeat experience, An East Side Story, presents a high octane dance-off with two titans from the dance world, IMD and Bollyflex which fuses hip hop and Bollywood in four acts. Londoni Kanai on 17th November is a play which celebrates artistic prowess, cultural engagement and genuine love while touching on the dark underbelly of the Me Too movement with corruption and sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

The Unburnable kicks off the last weekend of the festival on 23rd November with a thought-provoking production from SOAS Indian Dance Society which uses mime, dance and music, to get across the hard hitting messages about human rights. On 23rd and 24th Nov, Mohuar Pala - The ballad of a riverine land will transport you to rural Bangladesh for a dazzling fairytale with a modern message of self exploration, spiritual love and the commodification of women in patriarchal society and last but not least, Guhar Jaan tells the fascinating story of a groundbreaking female recording artist at the turn of the century and the challenges she faced including the hidebound decorum of royal patronage!

Theatre productions aside, there’s still time to catch two exhibitions. The first is ‘Tribeni: The Rhythm of Water’ at the Brady Arts Centre which displays forty paintings by Mukta Chakraborty which all draw on the confluence between rivers as a metaphor for human interaction through fine art. The 2nd exhibition at the Kobi Nazrul Centre is called Bengali Britain by Migrant Memories & Post-colonial Imagination and Showcases a series of photographs that trace the history of “Bengali Britain”, from the days of the Empire until present day. It was designed collaboratively by the MMPI team and BritBangla members to address questions of identity.

Musical performances include Raaga is a Human Right, a tribute from Ustad Fida Hussain to his teacher Ustad Barkat Ali Khan (1908 – 19 June 1963), with a presentation in English, with songs in Bangla, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. On 17 November, Tribeni: The Rhythm of Water is a melodic afternoon from Mukto Arts CIC in which to get immersed in the rhythmic connection between eastern and western folk music and to showcase the ‘live blend of Music & Art’. And on 22 November, Hope n Mic is back to present an evening of live acts from singers, poets, wordsmiths and musicians.

For full details, please see the brochure here -

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370750
Festival of Print 2019 Opens Next Week East London Printmakers will once again be exhibiting exciting, new work at its annual show at the Art Pavilion - part of ELP’s Festival of Print 2019. This will run from 22 November to 1 December and provides a fantastic opportunity for some quirky Christmas shopping, to buy a gift for yourself/the house, or just to browse and enjoy the wonderfully varied line up of ink on paper.

There will also be an Open Studio event at the ELP Studios in Copperfield Road, E3 and workshops with demonstrations at both venues. The recently completed 2019 Box Set will be launched and for sale at the exhibition.

The exhibition takes place just before Christmas. Over 90 artists will be showcasing a wide variety of printmaking techniques, including etching, woodcuts, screenprints, collagraphs and more. Unframed prints and artists cards will also be on sale.

There is an opening Night on Thursday 21 November from 6 - 9pm with VIP Guest Alison Wilding in attendance.

For further details, please go to

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370751
Government announces £2m fund for charities tackling loneliness The government has today a £2m grant fund for organisations talking loneliness, to mark one year since publication of a strategy to address the issue.

The fund will aim to support small grassroots organisations such as community cafes, street parties, coffee mornings and walking groups.

Further details, such as the application process and eligibility, will be announced by the government “in due course”.

The funding is in addition to the £11.5m Building Communities Fund, which has been jointly funded with the National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation. This fund has supported 126 projects.

Baroness Barran, minister for civil society and loneliness, said: “Loneliness is one of the biggest public health challenges our country faces and we are committed to tackling it head on.

“This new fund is a fitting way to mark one year since the launch of our landmark strategy and will help grassroots organisations address the issue in their own communities.”

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370660
A Season of Bangla Drama Fringe Programme A Season of Bangla Drama launches this Friday for the 17th year running with a fantastic celebration of British-Bengali theatre across Tower Hamlets but be aware that there is also an extensive and varied fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions to supplement these!

Exhibitions include Tribeni – Rhythm of Water which explores this element as an essential and powerful force of nature and makes links with the fluidity and vigour of fine art in all it’s creative forms. Come along to the Brady Centre and check it out. The second exhibition, Bengali Britain by Migrant Memories & Post-colonial Imagination, displays a collection of photographs/images have been selected by 2nd and 3rd generations British Bengalis who have been involved in the Loughborough University research project, and they capture their family histories and the memories of migration which have been passed on from generation to generation, offering a portrait of the cultural history of the Bengali presence in Britain.

There are a number of talks and debates on a variety of topics including an exploration of ethics and standards in journalism, how intergalactic super-heroism is interpreted across the globe, what Bengali identity and culture means to a group of individuals in Bengali-ish - what’s your story?, and an expose of genocide on the tea estates in 1971. Politician and activist Asaduzzaman Noor discusses his journey with Komola Collective’s Leesa Gazi, and showbiz editor of the Daily Star Rafi Hossein shares stories about the changes in Bangladeshi theatre in recent decades.

Continuing the emphasis on personal heritage, Memory and Belonging in the Diaspora is discussed by Loughborough University research students, and Professor Syed Jamil Ahmed looks at confrontation in the context of nationalist narratives and heterogeneous performatives.

In terms of workshops there is a chance to understand generational Bangladeshi identity with researcher Sudip Chakroborthy, a masterclass by Professor Ahmed on key techniques in theatre making, and a scratch night from page to stage in which newcomers can showcase some of their own ideas.

Music comes to the fore with Raaga is a Human Right singing out, Tribeni – the Rhythm of Water is a live blend of music and art, and you can hear some harmonious classical tabla and sitar music with Mon Ka Sangeet.

Hope and Mic are back with an evening of live acts across many genres, we have another uplifting women only event with Mohila Ongon’s Saree Day and last but not least, get your walking shoes on for a tour of Bengali history in the east end and a focus on both heritage and place-making!

Come along to some or all of what’s on offer. Be engaged, thrilled and/or provoked!

For the full programme, download the brochure below!

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370638
Free safeguarding resources for all charities Voluntary sector experts NCVO believe every charity, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place – for all your beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff.

Building strong safeguarding practices and a safe culture can be complicated though, especially for those organisations taking their first steps in tackling them.

NCVO have published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience and the best expertise from across the voluntary sector:

Access the free safeguarding resources

These resources were produced as part of the Safeguarding Training Fund.

NCVO was named as the lead organisation for the delivery of phase 1 of the Fund, awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370528
Download the Idea Store App - magazines, newspapers, music, movies and concerts for FREE Have you got the Idea Store app? Made just for Idea Store, the app lets you:

• Search the catalogue
• Renew your loans
• Place reservations
• Easily access resources such as Britannica and Theory Test Pro
• Download FREE eBooks and audio books
• Access our FREE music and magazine service
• Find out what’s on in the Idea Stores
• Search for courses
• Find Community Information; local clubs, groups and organisations

All from your smartphone or tablet.

Get the App here


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Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370538
A Season of Bangla Drama brochure now online! This November, tyranny, corruption, terrorism and #MeToo feature alongside some light-hearted musical theatre and drop of magic in the 2019 A Season of Bangla Drama! Back for the 17th year, this month-long festival once again offers residents from all backgrounds the chance to engage with British-Bengali theatre which offers a unique perspective on a host of topical issues.

Immigration, homelessness and the environment all get a nod, along with human rights, women’s rights and equality. Universal messages are conveyed through myriad tales of human frailty and moral weakness.

With funding from Arts Council England and Canary Wharf Group, and with academic partners including Queen Mary University of London and Migrant Memories & the Postcolonial Imagination Project, A Season of Bangla Drama not only champions new and established playwrights in venues across the borough, but also showcases a fantastic fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions to complement the stage productions on offer.

This is a high calibre and holistic extravaganza of theatre and more, and you can download the programme below for full details.

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370542
Heritage Alliance: Inspiring Creativity "Creativity and heritage go hand in hand, and can help engage people through new creative experiences and opportunities to connect with each other."
Hilary McGrady, Director-General, National Trust

The Heritage Alliance have published a new report demonstrating the importance of heritage organisations, buildings and places in underpinning creativity and the creative industries. The Inspiring Creativity, Heritage and the Creative Industries report is written by Hannah Shimko. Read the report here

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370454
Regents 200 - Stonebridge Wharf Heritage Art Project This autumn pupils from Sir William Burrough School in Limehouse will take part in the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Regent’s Canal, which runs through Tower Hamlets from Victoria Park in the north to the Limehouse Basin where it flows into the Thames.

The pupil’s project will explore canals and the role they have played in local history, creating artwork using their own words and images, working alongside artist Darcy Turner and a local historian. Their work will be exhibited at the Arts Pavilion, the council’s flagship gallery space in Mile End Park, from 3 – 9 December.

The children’s work will inform the creation by the artist of a permanent artwork for the Stonebridge Wharf Open Space, which sits alongside Regents Canal at Salmon Lane Lock. The launch of the project will be part of Regents 200, the Canal and River Trust’s celebrations of the waterway’s bicentennial.

The project will be a partnership between the school, Tower Hamlets Council Parks and Open Spaces and the Canal & River Trust.

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370217
New guide for arts work in criminal justice settings The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance has published a new guide for artists and arts organisations interested in working in criminal justice settings, which includes step-by-step guidance and principles of best practice.

For more information and to download the guide

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370182
Self-Made Sector: working with the Creative Industries Report The Partnership for Young London and Roundhouse released a report earlier this month exploring the barriers that are facing young people entering the creative industries – particularly BAME young people and those from low-income households. The report,Self-Made Sector: working in the creative industries, highlights many challenges young people face along this journey from education, to family, and in the industry. Click here to download the report,6EG99,FR725M,PCIZZ,1

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2370061
New Exhibition - Unite & Resist: Protests in the East End 1970-2000 Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives next exhibition will showcase original archives from our collections which illustrate the
prolific activism of the people of Tower Hamlets in the latter decades of the twentieth century. From the Stepney School Strike to the Battle of Brick Lane,the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop Clause 28, the exhibition shines a light on these and other important moments in the borough’s recent history including several lesser known struggles.
This period of rapid change in the East End saw Tower Hamlets residents forming independent collectives and rising up in protest at
various different emerging threats.

The display features banners, badges,garments, posters, photographs,
pamphlets and other archives which provide important evidence of these sometimes short-lived campaigns.
Most of the items on display have been newly acquired or newly
catalogued and have never before been on public display.
Keep an eye out on our website for the full programme of events which we are organising to tie in with the exhibition which runs from Saturday 3 August 2019 - Saturday 15 February 2020

If you are a teacher, lecturer or you convene a group that
would like a workshop or tour of this exhibition during its run, please email us on

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2369933
Baring Foundation - Treasury of arts activities for older people This compilation of activities by Liz Postlethwaite contains 50 activities created specifically with older people in mind, as well as some tips for working with older groups if you haven't before.

• Activities to do one-to-one, in small groups and larger groups
• Covering the visual arts and crafts, dance, performance, music & singing and creative writing
• With many activities dementia-friendly and suitable for care homes
• Ranging from short tasters to workshops that could be done over a longer period.


Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2369408
Participatory Arts: News, Views And Resources, ArtWorks Alliance Working in or supporting participatory arts? Then check out ArtWorks Alliance, the UK wide strategic network for the sector, at Here you'll find over 130 resources – from research to evaluation, case studies to toolkits – in a searchable Knowledge Bank and can sign up to a free monthly e-newsletter for news, views and opportunities. Contact,uk to find out more.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2368980
The Baring Foundation Launches The Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People Our new publication is here!

This compilation of activities by Liz Postlethwaite (Small Things and the Storybox Project) contains 50 activities created specifically with older people in mind, as well as some tips for working with older groups if you haven't before.

• Activities to do one-to-one, in small groups and larger groups
• Covering the visual arts and crafts, dance, performance, music & singing and creative writing
• With many activities dementia-friendly and suitable for care homes
• Ranging from short tasters to workshops that could be done over a longer period.

The Treasury can be downloaded from our website Hard copies are available while stocks last - please email

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2368830