What’s on in Hackney this weekend

Ceilidh troupe Cut a Shine will get the hoe-down started on Friday night at Chats Palace

Ceilidh troupe Cut a Shine will get the hoe-down started on Friday night at Chats Palace - Credit: Cut a Shine

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


Dance like a true Scot at a traditional céilidh featuring bands from around the UK. From 8pm, at Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton, E9. Costs £8, email info@chatspalace.com.

Check out a unique jewellery exhibition showcasing the work of students, professional award-winning artists and tutors from London Jewellery Workshop. From 6pm, at Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A. Free, email nina@londonjewelleryworkshop.co.uk.

Attend the launch party for the new Northern Soul club night in the heart of Dalston’s cultural quarter. From 11pm, at Arcola Bar, 34 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8. Free, call 020 7503 1646.


Pick up a Christmas gift or decorations at the Hackney Girl guiding Christmas Fayre. From 11am, at The Den, Mare Street, Hackney Central, E8. Free, call 07732 583833.

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Take a behind the scenes tour of Hackney’s historical archives and explore key historical documents relating to the borough’s past. From 2.35pm, at Hackney Archives, CLR James Library, Dalston Square, Dalston, E8. Free, call 020 8356 8925.

Listen to highly acclaimed Swedish singer songwriter Emilia Martensson lead the Fable String quartet. From 8pm, at The Vortex Club, 11 Gillett Square, Stoke Newington, N16. Costs £12.50, call 020 7254 4097.


Check out the exhibition Wintergarden which focuses on the Tudor courtyard garden and takes its cue from the public pleasure palaces of the mid-19th century where exotic, tropical flora and fauna were displayed in artificial conditions provided by elaborate glasshouses alongside other theatrical entertainments for the masses. From noon, at Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, Homerton, E9. Free, call 020 8986 2264.

Explore what myths are really made of and use games, drama, drawing and storytelling to invent your own myths. Map their geography and characters. From 4pm, at the Parasol Unit’s foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, N1. Costs £5 per family, call 020 7490 7373.

Watch African Drum, Beyond The Beat, an impressionist portrait of the drum’s pervasive role in African societies at a film evening exploring percussion. From 7.30pm, at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, Mare Street, Hackney, E8. Costs £4, email hackney.attic@picturehouses.co.uk.