What’s on in Hackney

Listen to local poet John Hegley perform with jazz musicians at The Vortex tonight

Listen to local poet John Hegley perform with jazz musicians at The Vortex tonight - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A short, sharp guide to what’s on in Hackney this weekend:


Test your knowledge in a quiz night dedicated to action heroes. From 7pm, at the Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, Mare Street, E8. Costs £4, call 0871 902 5734.

Listen to acclaimed poet John Hegley and a music ensemble with saxophonist Alan Barnes and drummer Daisy Palmer. From 8.30pm, at The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Street, N16. Tickets cost £9, call 020 7254 4097.


Increase core strength, suppleness and eliminate toxins at a Chinese yoga, tai chi and qi gong class. From 7pm, at The Bath House Children’s Community Centre, 76 Shacklewell Lane, E8. Donations only, email mem@lishi.org.

Listen to Orchestra Elastique, a London-based musical improvisation collective that comprises performers and multi-instrumentalists from countries such as France, Portugal, Holland, England and Mexico. The music they produce takes influences from minimalist, free jazz, Middle East, South America, folkloric and tribal traditions. From 8pm, at Cafe Oto, Ashwin Street, E8. Costs £8, visit http://www.wegottickets.com/event/253352.

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Enjoy yoga with your children aged between two to seven. The special class combines adventures with songs, nursery rhymes and relaxing techniques. From 10am, at Go Fit Studio, 1 Bailey Place, N16. Costs £42 for six weeks for both, email samyamayoga@yahoo.com.

Set goals for 2014, create plans to achieve them and get tips on how to get set, go and achieve. From 11.30am, at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V. Free, call 0207 836 6688.

Listen to resident DJs play indie-pop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music such as The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, Allo Darlin’, The Clash, The Magnetic Fields, Hefner, The Velvet Underground and Camera Obscura. From 10pm, at Moustache Bar, Stoke Newington Road, N16. Costs £4, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/507542119367258.


Get artistic making kites, veggie characters and self-portraits while enjoying a visit to Springfield Park at a family drop-in classes for children aged three to 11. From 10.30am, at Spark Cafe, Mansion Lodge, Springfield Park, Clapton, E5. Free, email hello@arthoppers.co.uk.

Enjoy family activities including arts and crafts projects, stories, music and movement. From 11am, at New Unity, 39A Newington Green, N16. Free, email children@new-unity.org.

Watch a South American film double-bill with Brazilian comedy Neighbouring Sounds about life in a middle-class neighbourhood and Chilean romance Gloria about a divorcee navigating loneliness, love, self-discovery and female independence. From 1pm, at the Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland Road, E8. Costs £10, call 020 7241 9410.