It’s All Happening… Bethnal Green Festival

Where: Bethnal Green’s Gallery Cafe
When: Saturday 23rd June.

It’s All Happening… It’s an all day event… It’s at the lovely Gallery cafe on Old Ford Road (which by the way serves up an excellent brownie), AND all profits to charity.

It’s a day of their favourite things (It’s All Happening Music), and these are some of them… Folk music, indie bands, spoken word, poetry, theatre, a craft market, art display and dancing.

Headlining is the Communion signed Alessi’s Ark, along with Soulmates Never Die and Silent Devices, and on the spoken word stage the bill is topped by Ruby Kid. Early Doors Disco, who make their home at the Kings Cross Drink Shop Do will be finishing off the night with their bedtime friendly approach to partying!

Looks like a wonderful line up with an fun day of doing, dancing and having a good time away from the overcrowded Hackney Festival on Saturday taking over Hackney Marshes with soggy pop.

It runs from 1pm to 11pm, and tickets are £8 in advance HERE or £10 on the door.

Join the Facebook event page for more details or do the old fashioned thing and check out their website http://itsallhappeningmusic.blog.com/gigs/, or even follow @iah_music.

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Culture: Films from the Chapel

A simple idea, but a good one…

Each month a crowd turns up at the Gallery Café with a particular film theme in mind. They wait, pensive, having voted for the film they want to watch beforehand on the website. It’s a really nice way of enjoying the film experience before the experience. Building up some excitement!

Previous screenings have included ‘The Towering Inferno’, ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and ‘Coming to America’.

The next ‘Films from the Chapel’ event will be on Tuesday 26 July at The Gallery Cafe Chapel in Bethnal Green, and the theme is ‘The Summer of Love’.

You can vote for the film YOU want to watch here

Eastern Culture: Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood is just by Bethnal Green tube station… the big glass fronted building on the corner. A huge expanse of open space filled at balcony level with childhood memorabilia, toys, activities and lots of children (well, I went during half term… not recommended by the way!). I loved the gay Barbie dolls, creepy plastic babies and magna doodle with metal shavings. You gain a great sense of nostalgia from the old toys, grand toys (I wish I’d owned that puppet theatre!) and tv shows that always seem to produce an eery eyed moulded version of their characters. It’s free to visit and a great afternoon outing (with or without kids!).

Museum of Childhood Entrance

Full size mini theatre in the museum of childhood

Gay Barbies and Kens

Magnuets for big kids

Coffee and Antiquity

Coffee Shop Cambridge Heath
Just by the Hackney crossroads, opposite Metropolis strip club, Hurwundeki cafe / stands out from the greasy spoons of Bethnal Green. The pumpkin carriage in the front promises a playful pit stop for those who like to sit amongst old bric-a-brac and antiques, overpriced organic foods for sale and the odd horned skull to eat home-made cakes and lunch or just have a cup of coffee and a chat. 

The childsized pumpkin coach out the pebbled front with a small table and chairs surrounded by oddities and antiques for sale. I’ve been meaning to go to this place for ages and a coffee stop with a friend to hide from the cold fter visiting the Museum of Childhood (just up the road) was the perfect time.

Not what I expected inside, but more of a shop come cafe with rustic wooden tables and mismatch chairs. But exteriors don’t count for much. I know it’s the cakes that count.

A handmade selection of carrot, lemon, chocolate plus biscuits and a choice of lunchables. All looking delicious. I tried a blueberry muffin and it was ok… quite good washed down with coffee, but not the most amazing muffin. Nice place to sit and listen to the group of french girls gossiping or the records scratching on the turntable.

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