A Flying Visit to a Folly

I finally made it down the Folly for a Flyover on Sunday afternoon. Lured by rumors of tasty bagels and the chance to hire a row boat on the emerald green canal. The Folly is situated under the A12 flyover – they’ve taken a disused space and created something of a buzzing summer event. As well as the cute café with cuter staff, there is a theatre with plenty of film and theatrical events for kids and adults; mainly showing a gay sci-fi film selection, but also workshops and other intriguing events.

The space has been put to good use- the café and cinema are made up of light wooden bricks balancing on one another around scaffolding creating in what can truly be called a ‘pop-up’.

On Sunday, the bagels were delicious, the coffee good (served through strange cylindrical glass filters) and the boats were great fun. £2 gets you half an hour to slowly paddle down the canal in a wobbly boat with heavy oars. The ear splitting drum n bass sounds of a left over canal-side warehouse party merging with the industrial canal sides viewed from a twee little rowing boat was quite surreal for a Sunday in Hackney!

The 6 week long folly is run by Assemble CIC, the people behind the cinema on Clerkenwell Road’s ugly abandoned garage last year. Get down there for one of their viewings or events, or just have a couple of hours to enjoy the scenery (and bagels, it’s all about the bagels for me).

Photography by Keith Allen / Olenka Gibbs


Eastern Culture: Folly for a Flyover

Folly for Flyover Cinema in Hackney Wick

Folly for a Flyover, Hackney Wick Cinema



“Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, the Folly draws influence from the surrounding red-brick buildings of Hackney Wick, posing as an imaginary piece of the area’s past, a building trapped under the motorway.”

This pop-up venue is situated on the banks of the canal in Hackney Wick, to show films, performances and plays for a 6 week run over the summer. The program starts with a different theme each week (fables, structures etc) and includes screenings of super gay sci-fi films such as ‘TRON + live score’, ‘Flash (ahaaaaa) Gordon’, Kubrick’s ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ and short films from Hackney Wicked Festival.

There is also a cafe serving food and drinks and the chance to hire a boat for a paddle adventure down the canal for a mere £2. As well as some planned family activities. Check out the Folly for a Flyover website for more information and full event listings.

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