Day 7 – Friday, 16 March
Creating Art Inspired by the Garden
Taking the garden as inspiration we will explore artists who have been inspired by gardens such as Monet, Matisse and Maria Sybilla Merian. There will be demonstrations and practical exercises inspired by these artists, we will work in the garden using creativity, abstraction and poetry as inspiration. From this we will be creating abstract drawings and paintings inspired by the senses through smell and tactile interactions with plants. Materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials if they want to use something special. This course will be taught by local artist and teacher, Joanna McCormick. Places are limited, so please go to www.nxgtrust.org and click on the Eventbrite button on the right-hand side of the home page.
FREE, but you need to book
New Cross Bumps, Babies & Tots
A group for new and expectant parents with babies up to 2 years of age. Come along for a cuppa and a chat while your babies play with lots of fun toys and bring lunch to share and eat together. You can find some support with breastfeeding or sling use. Donations gratefully received: £1 for first baby and 50p for subsequent children; 30p for tea, coffee and biscuits.
FREE, but donations welcome
Moving Hearts: a Clay Workshop
Current debates about migration often focus on the divide between those with and those without a right to belong. It is easy to forget the hearts we have in common. Moving Hearts invites you to help make 1000 clay hearts in free workshops held across London between 25 February and 18 March. Workshops are facilitated by Australian artist, Penny Ryan, and no prior experience in art or clay is needed. Each workshop allows participants to share their own thinking about how we are connected to people caught up in the immigration crisis. A procession of fired hearts will happen on Saturday March 24 to become part of an installation at the Migration Museum in Lambeth. Moving Hearts is a collaborative art and research project led by Professor Anna Reading, King’s College.
To ensure a place book via Eventbrite, although some are reserved for those who come along on the day on a first come-first served basis.
Tastes of London: A Scented Tasting Supper
Some 270 nationalities, speaking 300 different languages, are represented in this glorious melting pot of a city. This evening celebrates a handpicked sample of the culinary traditions of Londoners across the years who moved here and made London what it is today – a melange of cultures and cuisines, a fabulous global mash up of wonderful worldwide food and drink. Drinks are not included in the ticket price, but you are invited to BYO (Bring Your Own).
7:00-10:30pm £25 (£15)
(Doors open at 8:00pm)
Argentine Tango – Beginners Class and Social Dancing
Forget what you’ve seen on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’: come and discover the beautiful, improvised, close embrace style of the real Argentine tango as it is danced in Buenos Aires. Claire Loewe of Tango South London (tangosouthlondon.co.uk) and Simon Haddock of Tango178 (facebook.com/tango178) lead a one hour ‘taster class’ for complete beginners where you can find out just how addictive this dance can be. This is followed by a ‘milonga’ (social dancing to authentic tango music from the 1930s to 1950s). No need to bring a partner. Please wear leather-soled shoes if possible (heels are helpful for women).
7:00-11:00pm £10 full event; £5 Social dance only
Cinetopia: Mystery Film Night with Quiz and Meal
The return of the popular mystery film and quiz night for a one-off festival special. Team up with friends, enjoy the film and have a great meal. Cinetopia combine the magic of the movies with the warm conviviality of the pub quiz and add a touch of mystery. Each Cinetopia event includes a general knowledge quiz based around the theme of the film being shown plus hot food and a bar. To add extra frisson to the experience the audience do not know what the film is until they turn up. In other words, always expect the unexpected. Over 18s only.
The We Do Good Disco team is delighted to return to the Festival this year with another fun night out playing games, dancing and identifying pop songs. Disco Bingo is the retro love child of Bingo and Name That Tune. Form a team, listen hard, and if you are lucky and/or skilled, you might win a top prize. Want to dress up? Feel free! We will be! There will be a bar and there will definitely be dancing.
8:00-10:30pm £7 (£3)
The Commie Faggots and The Four Fathers
The Commie Faggots and The Four Fathers return to The Telegraph for a night of marvellous music, mayhem and singalong fun. Frustrated by Brexit? Furious with Boris? Singing about it makes you feel so much better! Both political protest bands have had a busy year, appearing together in front of a lorry at The Arms Fair Blockade and a Housing Benefit Gig at The Birds Nest. The Faggots bring anarchic, cross-dressing comedy and cabaret to the political party. The Fathers vent their spleen through punky, folky reggae and rock.