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As the 21st annual Leytonstone festival returns, Amie Mulderrig selects the top ten events taking place
LEYTONSTONE festival returns for another year – it’s 21st in fact – with plenty of entertainment on offer over the next 11 days.
From British beer and cheese tasting courtesy of Eat the Rind, to talks on Italian World War II prisoners and Wanstead Flats from Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society, to pop-up supper clubs, to theatre shows, there’s plenty to fill your calendar.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, you can indulge in North Indian arts and culture at the Leytonstone Baithak, indulge in a perma culture workshop, and there’s also a pop-up cinema, a book club event, an ale festival at the Red Lion pub and plenty of live music.
Leytonstone Festival will be held in various locations throughout the area from Thursday, July 10 until Sunday, July 20. Details: leytonstonefestival.org.uk
Fancy a fun afternoon of North Indian arts and culture? Head over to Leytonstone Baithak. The event will include dance, music, poetry recitals, Indian food and free henna painting. There will also be a chance to try Bollywood dancing. Sunday, July 20, 1pm until 3pm
Head to Wanstead Quaker Meeting House for a screening and discussion of award-winning film Chasing Ice. Photographer/filmmaker James Balog depicts the beautiful yet fragile world of Arctic icescapes in the throes of rapid climate change. Friday, July 11, 6.30pm
Tony Benn was once dubbed “the most dangerous man in Britain”. Join local MP John Cryer, Neil Gerrard (former MP for Walthamstow) and Brian Madican to find out why. Wednesday, July 16, from 7.30pm
Transition Leytonstone – E11ECO presents an inspiring evening of song, storytelling and soulful poetry. Thursday, July 17, 7.30pm
There’s so much going on at The Red Lion it’s hard to know where to start. There’s an ale festival, live music events and a craft fair, pop in! From July 10
Leytonstone Pop-up Cinema: How We Used To Live. An ode to post-war London with rare footage from the British Film Institute’s national archive. Wednesday, July 16
The big finale of Leytonstone Festival is hosted by the folks from What’s Cookin’. Expect plenty of live music and a fab Sunday picnic. Sunday, July 20, midday until 8pm
Great Britain Olympians Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan will be giving a fencing demonstration and offering free have a go sessions to all ages from four up to adult. Saturday, July 12, 11am to 2pm
Designed by architect Edward Blore, the tower of St John’s Church, is an east London landmark. Now, following an 11-year restoration programme, it’s open for tours. Thursday, July 17, 7.30pm
Rock This Town: A marathon of music from talented signed and unsigned local bands. So whether you like indie, ska or rock there is something for everyone at this event. Luna Lounge, Church Lane, Sunday, July 12, from 1pm