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A free one-day festival of live music, urban graffiti and comic arts workshops for children aged 13 to 19 is coming to Shoreditch Town Hall this Saturday (August 17).

Xylo Aria isn't in the mood to hang around. "It's time we started empowering ourselves and each other," she says. "If we wait for others to provide the stepping stone, we'll be waiting forever."

Formerly a songwriter for the likes of Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Kylie Minogue, Lisa Cowling now runs a cookery school out of her home in Dalston, after a year of volunteering at the Made in Hackney kitchen.

"We're giving people permission to feel uncomfortable," says American playwright Dael Orlandersmith of Until The Flood, which addresses the 2014 shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by white policer officer Darren Wilson - igniting Black Lives Matter-propelled social unrest.

One of the new pizzas on Flat Earth's August menu is topped with Haggerston plum sauce, spring onions, and soy & sesame aubergines.

Handsome Family labelmate and former ballerina fronts a set of disarming, powerful reflections on love and life.

Nando's have launched a pop-up in Shoreditch which is about way more than just chicken slathered in PERi-PERi sauce.

"The number of musicians who want to judge a dog show is quite astounding," chuckles Dan Monsell, speaking ahead of the return of Visions Festival this Saturday (August 3).

"There's more to football than winning," reads the Hackney Laces manifesto. In the heat of the moment, when your team has just been soundly beaten, and it's raining, and you have to trudge home with your opponent's celebrations ringing in your ears - that can be hard to remember.

We can't help you to sleep in these outrageous temperatures (26 degrees! At midnight!) but we can nudge you in the direction of a free piña colada, which is surely just as good.

Simon Cowell is dressed in a familiar crew-cut top and about to deliver a shuddering reality check. "I'm gonna be honest with you, Kojo," he explains, "I don't really like comedians on this show."

Ricky Wilson and his wholesome collective of jolly moshpit makers are back for a seventh LP

If you've ever found yourself peer-pressured in to drinking alcohol when, actually, a soft drink or a mocktail would have been fine, then Club Soda may be of interest.

Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher with a 4-year-old daughter: she does not have a lot of spare time. And yet, when she can muster a few quieter moments to herself, Goldie writes short-stories and longer tales about working class communities which are winning plenty of fans, and quickly.

You'll remember Kojo Anim's audition on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year: the standing ovation seemed to go on for about as long as his comedy routine itself.

A virtual-reality gaming lounge and vegan dessert bar is set to open in Homerton next week. Vivid Reality co-founders Rebekah Douglas-Bagley and Yemi Shodipo explain the concept behind their new three-storey space on the High Street.

Nightjar, the multi award-winning speakeasy on City Road, has introduced an Arts & Crafts cocktail menu for the summer.

Melbourne-raised singer-songwriter pens sophomore record of intelligent, fresh and vibrant alt-pop.

Andy Maddocks, co-founder of the Mothership Group, reflects on a decade of quirky events and rooftop parties on Curtain Road.

The Boss' first studio album in five years is a masterclass in understated Americana.

An art exhibition made up of 900 brightly coloured resin ice lollies. If you were to imagine the perfect setting for your next Instagram post, this would surely be right up there.

Six years after suffering a mental breakdown, Ebony Ali is doing all that she can to support young people going through similarly turbulent times.

Career ambitions clash with family life in Chasing Rainbows, a new play from Oneness Sankara running at Hoxton Hall from June 25 to July 20.

To celebrate the 71st birthday of the NHS on July 5, The Pembury Tavern is offering a free drink to any of its employees.

Film review: Toy Story 4

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Woody and Buzz's fourth outing offers much of the same laughs as the previous films, but it's done with heart and dignity.

Italian food, cocktails and DJ sets in to the early hours are on the cards at Gigi's: the new Hoxton Square venue from Giovanna Hussain

Ahead of her show at Hackney Empire on June 27, the much-loved comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig talks us through her favourite Bake Off memory, the best thing about being British and her dog, Mildred.

The concept of home consistently threads through the recent output of Hackney-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia.

The Windrush Cricket Project seeks to bring people of all ages together to share experiences and get active with a bat and ball on the Marshes this Saturday, June 8.

Glaswegian gal goes solo on hook-laden third record, trying out new sounds along the way.



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