Friday, 25 October 2019

FIREWORKS NIGHT- A Giant Leap, Sunday 3rd November, 7PM in Victoria Park

WARNING: Strobe and flashing lights will be used as part of the display.

Stand by for another night of sky-filling fireworks in Victoria Park on Sunday 3 November. Organised by the council’s arts, parks and events team, this year’s display has the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as its theme.

Residents can expect an astronomical explosion of space-inspired fun, with music tracks, soundscapes, spoken word storytelling and special effects created by Walk the Plank walktheplank.co.uk – a leading pyrotechnical and outdoor theatre company.

This year, the display is being supported by AEG Presents, producers of the All Points East event in Victoria Park, who are committed to supporting culture in the Tower Hamlets community.


Plan your visit:
  • The event is free of charge and no booking is required
  • The display is scheduled to start at 7pm with food & refreshments available to purchase from 5.30pm
  • There is no funfair or other amusements on site
  • The event is located on the eastern side of Victoria Park, off Grove Road
  • Please note not all park gates will be available for entry and exit please refer to the event map


Further information is available on the council's website




Sunday, 11 August 2019

Summer of Art: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY (13-20 Aug, Art Pavilion)


This summer sees a multi-faceted series of events in our Art Pavilion with exhibitions, story days, workshops, performances and concerts including:
  • Space Maps and Mile End Park VR Planet Treasure Trail 
  • Take part in the Cosmonaut Rituals Interactive Experience “From Russia with Love” 
  • International Music Night with high calibre guest bands from around the Globe 
  • And much much more! 
This great mix of events caters for all tastes and ages. Full schedule below.

For further info about any of events, or to book, contact  katja@artcatcher.co.uk / 07799411587

PEGASUS WORKSHOP
Tuesday 13 August 2019, 1.30-2.30pm 
By Frank Creber and Arteast of Bromley by Bow Centre
The workshop will be open to all who would like to take part in making a model flying horse and also try their hand at making a backdrop that tells some of the Pegasus story.  This is a fun and exciting family-friendly workshop for all ages and abilities. Children must be accompanied by a carer.
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 


THE SOL-AR SYSTEM
Wed 14 – Tue 20 August 2019, 11am-6pm
Explore the solar system in miniature! A walking tour from the Art Pavilion (where you start at the sun) to Victoria park, taking in a 1:3,000,000,000 scale model of our solar system, using a smartphone, see the planets in AR as you follow a map guiding you to the outer reaches of the solar system.
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 

BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY: OPENING NIGHT 
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST 2018, 6.30-9.30PM 
Live Music and Art Auction with pieces by Tower Hamlet artists of all ages in support of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres. Join us in raising money for charity and to celebrate the work and life of Jill Fullbrook (who sadly passed away in May). Jill's unique, inspirational and dedicated approach to teaching art in Tower Hamlets and at the Brady Centre spanned over 15 years and will not be forgotten by the community that knew her.
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Free | Drinks donations box 

Idea Store’s STORYTIME 
Friday 16 August 2019, 2.45-4pm
Prepare for Liftoff in this special exhibition Story Time. Rhymes, stories and fun for Under 5s inspired by Summer Reading Challenge theme of “Space Chase”. 
Find out more about the daily Story Time at Idea Stores and Libraries and the Summer Reading Challenge. 
Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. 
CHILDREN   |  Free 

SMIFFY’S SPACE ADVENTURE 
Friday 16 August 2019, 4-5pm Theatre performance and workshop for kids 5-11 years
Smiffy wants to soar into Outer Space… but how will he get there? Will his big sister help him? Or will YOU help him?
Come and join Minnie and Smiffy for an hour of fun! Help Smiffy explore the Solar System and learn new tricks. We present a silly kids show by silly grown-ups for silly kids followed by a chance for the audience to defy gravity by juggling Space Balls, spinning Flying Saucers or balancing alien bits. Let the countdown begin... Blast off! 
CHILDREN  |  Donations box 


FOLDING FUN! 
Saturday 17 August 2019 
Two workshops: 10.30-12.30 and 14.30-16.30 
With David Ko. Origami, the art of paper folding, has captured our hearts all over the world. Come to transform your imagination into paper animals, birds, flowers, and trees etc, in this workshop. Let the folding fun begin. All ages are welcome. Younger artists may need the assistance of a parent or adult.
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box



FLIGHT OF FANCY 
Saturday 17 August 2019 
Two workshops: 10.30-12.30 and 14.30-16.30
Marbling workshop with Ginnie Hawke. 
Marbling is the technique of floating special inks on water and taking a print. 
Free flow of the breeze and movement of bubble marbling
And a flight of fancy as a cutout butterfly
Flying free / flying high / flying on the breeze 
Into the sky...
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 


FLOAT (followed by MEET THE ARTISTS hour) 
Saturday 17 August 2019, 5-6.30pm This piece by Julia Vita explores the fluid nature of air, and the relationship of humans as solid creatures within it. Are we like the leaves on a tree, faintly anchored and fluttering in the breeze, or can we truly become part of the invisible but present substance that surrounds us and gives us life? 
Accompanied by acoustic guitarist Tuomo Karjalainen. 
After the performance, you have the opportunity to meet some of the artists who created the 3D works on show and chat with them about the individual ideas and creative processes. Refreshments.
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 


INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NIGHT 
Saturday 17 August 2019, 7-9.30pm
A high calibre musical treat with guest performers from Europe and the Middle East 


Juli Szatmari, Hungary
Juli Szatmari is a well-established and known Hungarian singer-songwriter performing her own songs on a guitar. Inspired by bossa nova, jazz, blues, rock and pop, she combines these elements in her music. Telling stories of her own life, but also writing about current political and socio-critical issues you can await a funny but serious, feather-light but deep concert. www.youtube.com 

sandmoon, Libanon
sandmoon is an indie-pop formation originating from Beirut, initiated by singer-songwriter Sandra Arslanian. sandmoon has been playing local circuit and festivals since its inception and has had shows in Europe as an acoustic duo/trio (Stockholm, Paris, Brussels, London, Germany) In 2018, sandmoon released a mini-EP “Beirut-Berlin sessions” and a single, “Shiny Star”, produced and mixed by renowned producer Victor van Vugtr (Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey…) www.youtube.com 
ADULTS / YOUNG PEOPLE  |  £6 on the door 

PLANETS 
Sunday 18 August 2019 
Two sessions: 11-11.30am and 12-12.30am
Planets is a silent, guided voyage carried out to the music of Oxygen by Jean-Michel Jarre, developed to get to know ourselves and others better. The participatory experience will gently lead us to explore our personal universe and experiment intuitively with finding our place within a wider group. 
The session will run for approx. 30 mins, facilitated by Yvonne Overton. 
14 YEARS +   |  Donations box 

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE 
Sunday 18 August 2019, 2-5pm
Re-enacting Cosmonauts’ pre lift off rituals: an interactive experience (rotating / drop-in) by Helen Porter.
People have been going into space for more than 50 years, using more than technology.
To prepare for the unknown and unusual experience, astronauts and cosmonauts have pre-launch rituals, which will be observed at the Art Pavillion. 
A haircut, planting a tree, a special song and laying flowers on Yuri Gagarin's grave are just some of the cosmonaut rituals we invite you to come and partake in, interpreted in our own arty and individual style. 
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 

SPACE GUITAR 
Sunday 18 August 2019, 5.30-6.30pm
Concert with Tuomo Karjalainen, Finland. Tuomo describes his uniquely developed playing style as "cinematic dream guitar", combining influences from artists such as the Cocteau Twins, Vangelis, Mozart, just to name a few. For this event, Tuomo plays a dedicated set (between 30-45mins) exploring the use of space in music through his solo acoustic guitar performance. To get a taste of Tuomo’s style, visit instagram.com/tuomo.karjalainen or youtube.com/user/tk3141/videos 
ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE  |  Donations box 

Idea Store’s PRIME TIME
Monday 19 August 2019, 10.45-noon
Have an enjoyable and interesting time at the Between the Earth and the Sky exhibition. Meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee with biscuits and chat about the pieces in the exhibition. Open to all and find out more about Prime Time in the Idea Stores and Libraries.
OVER 50s  |  Free 

PASSPORT FOR A CITIZEN OF THE PLANET 
Tuesday 20 August 2019 In this creative workshop by Carolyn Gowdy, participants are shown how to make a zine, a small passport-sized booklet. You are then invited to make your own personal Passport for a Citizen of the Planet by filling this zine with words and images. Your passport could help you make new friends and build the bridge to peace and understanding in the world. Adventure awaits. Imagination will take you anywhere and everywhere. 
Participants will be encouraged to share their completed passports with one another and to exchange introductions.
Materials will be provided. No previous experience necessary. You are welcome to take your passport home at the end of the session.
All ages from 5 to 100 years, children should be accompanied by a carer. 
ALL AGES / FAMILIES  |  Donations box 


Monday, 5 August 2019

Summer Activities 2019



Tower Hamlets has a huge range of activities taking place across the borough this summer, many of which take place in our Park.

The activities are detailed in this 80-page booklet from the council


Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mile End Park Community Fair & Dog Show: This Sunday 14th July 11-4PM


This Sunday's Dog Show and Community Fair is just a few days away and is going to be jam-packed with something for everyone. It takes place just off Grove Road between the Texaco Garage and the Brittania Fish Bar.

Activities Galore
Face Painting | The Ice Run Adventure | The Horizontal Bungee | Go Karts |
Coconut Shy | Bouncy Castle | Inflatable Mid Dragon Slide
Climbing Wall | Inflatable 5-a-side Football Pitch | Jewellery Making | Rollapaluza


Stalls 
  Animal Wardens' Advice Stall | Friends of Mile End Park | Arts and Crafts 



Refreshments 
Smoothie Bikes | Ice Cream Van | Onion Bhajis & Samosas | Free Fruit 


And of Course The Dog Show which this year is being looked after by The Tower Hamlets' Animal Warden Service. There will be TEN categories including:
    1. Most Fabulous Fella
    2. Loveliest Lady
    3. Most Endearing Rescue Dog
    4. Most Courageous Golden Oldie (7 and over)
    5. Best Puppy (under 12 months)
    6. Best Trick
    7. Look-a-like (Dog most like their owner)
    8. Dog and Bone race (dog on lead)*
Prize rosettes for the top four in each category with each winner receiving a gift donated by Hounds of Bow. Each category winner will be entered into the Best in Show competition at the end to win a trophy.

*Still working on this one, but it is likely to be a "treat and spoon" race with a statutory sit halfway. No eating the treat until the end!







Fendi getting her fur done ahead of the Show


Friday, 12 April 2019

Our AGM is this Monday 15th April 7PM at the Eco Pavilion (7 for 7.15PM)


This coming Monday 15th April is our AGM at the Eco Pavilion (which is just off Grove Road between the Brittania Fish Bar and the Grove/Roman Road junction).

The past year has been a busy year for the Friends with lots of activities including: litter-picking, planting thousands of bluebells, snowdrops and wild-flower seeds, our Annual Community Fair and Dog Show, closer links with Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park and the Friends of Meath Gardens and of course keeping an eye on the Park. At the AGM there is a chance to hear about these topics and our future plans.

The committee is keen to get more people involved in running the Friends. Nothing too onerous - the committee usually meet for an hour or so about 3 times a year in one of our houses. If you are interested and want to find out more, then please just pop along on Monday. We don't bite!

The Park Management will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Free nibbles, soft drinks and wine will be available to help proceedings. 

AGENDA

1  Apologies for absence (to Secretary in advance)
2  Minutes of 2018 AGM
3  Matters arising
4  Chair’s Report on Activities and Developments
5  Treasurer’s Report on Finance and Annual Accounts
6  Update on Future Events:
a) Community Fair and Dog Show
b) Monthly litter-picking get-togethers
c) Bulb-planting
d) Any other suggestions invited
7  Election of officers:
a) Chair
b) Treasurer
c) Secretary
8  Update from Mile End Park Management team
9  Any other business


The Magnificant Seven





Wednesday, 10 April 2019

St George’s Day Over 50s Tea Dance - Wed 24th April 2019 (2-4PM) at the Art Pavilion


Tower Hamlets Council is hosting its St George's Day Tea Dance for the over 50s on Wednesday 24th April (2-4PM) at Mile End Park's Art Pavilion. This annual event is always popular and where else can you devour a French Fancy and dance to New Orleans Jazz on St George's Day.

There will be live music from The Sunshine Kings, dance host Tony Lane, and refreshments to help you dance the afternoon away! 

BOOKING OPENS WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 
Free but advance booking essential.  Please call Regina on 020 7364 7916 from 9.30-1pm Mon—Fri or email 
festivalsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Staring at the Sun 4-14th April 2019



Staring at the Sun which is part of the Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological & Environmental Changes festival is currently on at the Art Pavilion in our Park.

At the speed of techno-global-capitalism we continue producing, consuming and living without accounting for the earth’s ability to replenish itself at the pace that we demand – we want to stare at the sun and, at the same time, expect not to lose our sight. The artists in this international group exhibition critically approach this predicament by producing lived and speculative alternatives to the ongoing ecological and environmental destruction. Their visions draw from indigenous knowledges, eco-sustainable modes of living, non-exploitative human/non-human relations, queer bio-hacking, gendered approaches to climate change, nature-based spirituality and ecosexuality. 

Artists: Eca Eps / Helena Hunter / Liz Rosenfeld / Mary Maggic / Micha Cárdenas / Nadja Verena Marcin / Pinar Yoldas / Tabita Rezaire / Zheng Bo

Staring at the Sun @ The Art Pavilion
5 – 14 April / 12-7pm daily / FREE 

Monday, 11 March 2019

We Grow into the Forest - Workshops & Events at The Art Pavilion (14-24th March)


An interdisciplinary group art exhibition inspired by our relationship with nature, with an extensive, informative and engaging programme of accompanying talks, concerts, workshops and film presentations. Suitable for families. 

Exhibition open 12noon - 6.30pm daily 


Thursday 14 March 
EXHIBITION OPENING 6.30-9pm 
7pm Opening concert 
Singer-songwriter Lucinda Sieger presents songs inspired by nature. Accompanied by Ian Chappory, percussion. 
8pm Poetic Migration 
A performance piece by guest artists Jordina Ros and Pere Estadella, Catalonia 
 
Friday 15 March 
6-8pm Storytelling 
Share your own story of how you connect with nature. 
Facilitated by Judit Prieto of Art from the Heart, curators of the exhibition. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Drinks provided. Book a place 


Saturday 16 March
11am-1pm Make your own instrument! 
Workshop for all ages, working with natural and recycled materials. Facilitated by Mauro Lacandia 
Phone or text 07799411587 to register. 
Suggested donation £5/3. Book a place 
11am-3pm Sustainable Market 
Stalls with great organic products and information stalls about sustainable living. 
3-5pm Tree of your Soul Dance Workshop 
Suitable for experienced dancers as well as beginners. Taking inspiration from paintings organised by Mazzilli Dance Theatre 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
5.30-8.30pm Short Film Festival 
With contributions about the exhibition theme by artist filmmakers from the UK and beyond. Featuring an exclusive scenes preview of the documentary “Sisters of Wilderness” Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women from underprivileged backgrounds going into the wilderness for the first time in their lives on a self-discovery journey, which offers them an opportunity to grow and heal, and serves as a reminder that we are intimately linked to nature and what we do to her we do to ourselves.. Producer Ronit Shapiro will be present for Q&A  
Free, with a suggested donation of £3. Book a place 
 
Sunday 17 March 
11am-1pm Nature blossoms: Celebrate Spring! 
Join Ken, Manager of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, for a guided tour, he’ll show you the glorious variety of spring bulbs, woodland and grassland wildflowers blooming around Mile End Park. He’ll also give you an insight into their ecological value, food value and share a bit of their folklore! 
Free walk. Donations box. Book a place 
4-6pm Poetry Workshop by Newham Poetry Group (English speaking) 
See description below 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
6-8pm Poetry workshop by Newham Poetry Group (Spanish speaking) 
Each session will be inspired by the environment around the Pavilion. We will explore the relationship between people and nature and also add other elements and techniques which assist in making poetry and creative writing a powerful tool of self-expression We will spend one hour writing and one hour presenting some results. All abilities welcome. No experience necessary. Both workshops run by Sonia Quintero, Founder of the Newham Poetry Group 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
8-9pm Poetry and Music 
Workshop participants can perform their pieces to an audience. 
With guitarist Tuomo Karjalainen.
 
Thursday 21 March
7.30-9.30pm Welcome Spring Concert: A Wonderful World 
Pieces to welcome the new season by 24 singers of the Crofton Singers Choir. 
Free concert. Donation box. 

Friday 22 March
6-9pm Stories of Women: Interactive Life Drawing Workshop 
Stories of Women is a completely model-centred life modelling and drawing experience, presented by Spirited Bodies. This life drawing performance invites you into the branches of Esther's life as she explores her roots, untangles the threads and gets to know her knots. We have many ancestors and we awake them when we are truly alive. 
Some drawing materials provided. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 

Saturday 23 March
11am-12.30pm Awake in Nature 
An experiential workshop to help deepen our connection with the natural world. Spending time both indoors and outdoors (Mile End Park), we will explore our relationship to nature, developing a renewed vitality and sense of belonging in the other-than-human world. We will work with a focus on using our senses and inhabiting the environment mindfully. By gently contacting our childhood wonder and delight in our natural surroundings, we may discover that this whole planet is in fact, our home. Facilitated by Jo Goldsmid. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
2-4pm Upcycle! 
Fun and creative workshop for all ages. Some of the things you can learn to make: Wallets out of juice cartons. Jewellery out of magazine paper. Book marks or fridge magnets out of scrap cardboard and textiles. Pencil pots or plant pots from yoghurt pots and textiles. Bags from old t-shirts. Facilitated by ecoActive 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
6-7pm Author's Reading 
Rachael Ball reads from her illustrated book "The Wolf". Wolf is a graphic novel about confronting childhood grief and overcoming the loss of a loved one. With Q&A session 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
 
Sunday 24 March 
11am-1pm Collagraph 
Printmaking workshop for all ages using leaves and sustainable inks. See description below. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
4-5.30pm Monoprint 
Printmaking workshop for all ages. See description below. 
These workshops are great for beginners and those experienced alike, or just anyone creative wanting to have a go with printmaking techniques. They are fun inspiring hands-on course course that support participants to experience a range of alternative and unconventional processes. Everyone will experiment and create their plates and prints using unusual materials and media. Materials are all included and participants will be able to take home their templates and prints. 
Both workshops are facilitated by artist printmaker Sisetta Zappone 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
5.30-6.30pm The Importance of Trees 
Presented by Sarah Shorley the Woodland Trust, and presenting the Tree Charter. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. The Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. 
Free event. Donations box. Book a place 
 
CLOSING CEREMONY 6.30-9pm 

7pm We Dance into the Forest 
Young Amici, an inclusive London dance company, have created a short performance based on the themes of the exhibition. 

8pm Closing Concert 
Sounds of upliftment by the Crofton Singers Choir 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

2nd ‘Spring’ International Photography Exhibition at The Art Pavilion (7-11 March)





The 2nd ‘Spring’ International Photography Exhibition In London will once again be on display at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. This exhibition celebrates Chinese New Year 2019 with images provided by UK-China Photography Association, UK-Beijing Art Association, The Entrepreneurs Photography Society of China and Global Chinese Photography, organized by Opustique Infinity, with support from China Pictorial. 

The exhibition includes subjects taken from both the UK and China which range from natural landscapes, wildlife and human interest stories to sites of touristic interest and more. All are on display to help usher in the Year of the Pig with a diverse and high-quality selection of photographs. 

There will be an open evening on 7 March from 6.30-8.30pm as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays Initiative to which all are welcome. 

Artists exhibiting include: Zhikuan Hou, Tao Zhang, Dong Wen, Zhaolin Yang, Bo Song, Li Cui, Shuyan Zhao, Ping Zhang, Jintao Li, Chi Huang. 

Curator: Xiaoyi Li 

All work will be available to buy at a charity auction from 2-4pm Sat 9th March. 


Dates: Thursday 7 - Monday 11 March 2019 
Time: 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 2.30pm Monday 
Venue: The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The Art Pavilion: A Discourse on Contemporary Drawing | 27 Feb to 4th March


THAT (Tower Hamlets Artist Teachers) network presents a collaborative exhibition between art students and art teachers from across the borough of Tower Hamlets celebrating the practice of drawing. Alongside the show will run a series of workshops and seminars inquiring into various drawing methods for analysing the empirical, led by: UAL Insights, ‘A’ Team Arts, Royal Drawing School, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and  Auto-Italia.

Opening times are below: