Rainbow Collective Animation Workshop

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Rainbow Collective presents a one-day stop frame animation workshop for a group of 10-14 year olds. As part of the workshop, the children draw narrative sequences into storyboards and transform them into three dimensional models and sets to create short cartoons on what they consider the most pressing social issues to their age group.

For ten years, Rainbow Collective have provided practical and creative film production training for young people outside of conventional education in Bangladesh, Jamaica, South Africa and the UK.

Venue: Rich Mix, Mezzanine
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July

FREE – Book here.

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Genre Claude Van Damme

Bar Paragon
Saturday 2 July, 2.00pm–4.30pm

Do your friends find you funny? Are you always the most interesting person at parties? Are you a confident and gregarious public speaker? No? Great! You’re a born improviser! Come embrace the comedic art form which embraces you just as you are. Learn to trust in your own ideas, and the ideas of others to build something interesting, beautiful and, best of all, hilarious! The trick to improv? What you’ve got is already enough. (Funny, interesting and confident people are also welcome but you have come warts and all.)

FREE tickets: BOOK

Bar Paragon
Saturday 2 July, 5.00pm–6.00pm

With the explosion of casual dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr, and Cuddlr it’s never been easier to have a terrible date, which is the perfect fodder for the comedy show “Dinner and a Movie” hosted by improv comedy team Genre Claude Van Damme. Members of the audience will share their best worst dating stories, which the improvisers then use as inspiration for their sketches. It’s a combination of comedy and catharsis.

In the second half of the show, Genre Claude Van Damme improvise a full movie live on stage—complete with dramatic camera angles, tense editing,high flying action sequences and tender denouements.

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Dash Arts — Dacha Event

The Dash Arts Dacha is a 12-hour, ever-changing free performance venue modelled on the iconic Russian country house. Films, dressing up, board games and cards, fevered political discussion with guest experts, live music, impromptu theatre performances and late night djs are all on offer with an endless supply of comforting drinks and snacks. Artists include Olia Hercules, Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, Mazaika Duo, Elena Dana and DJ Penny Metal.dash-web

Friday 1 July, 7.00pm–12:00am
Saturday 2 July 12.00pm–12:00am
Sunday 3 July, 12.00pm–12:00am

This is a FREE drop in event.

Website: www.dasharts.org.uk / Twitter: @dasharts / Facebook: /DashArtsCo

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Parent & Baby Screening

Time for the tots! We’ll be walking the mini red carpet this year as East End Film Festival present a specially designed parent and baby screening for all budding film fans. The screening will take place in a venue with comfortable seating, lower volume levels and slightly brighter house lights to ensure you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed. We will be screening one of the key titles from this year’s line-up, details to be released nearer the time. Please note this screening is for parents and guardians and their children of twelve months and under.

We are glad to announce that the film selected for this Parent & Baby screening is The Darkest Universe. Tickets are available from the Genesis website here.

Limited number of FREE tickets available HERE.


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The Battle of the Somme


On the 100th year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, Docklands Sinfonia will be performing a special concert commemorating the centenary of both The Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland. Performing Laura Rossi’s acclaimed new score live to the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Somme 100 film project. The film is a compelling documentary record of one of the key battles of the First World War and in 1916 was seen by over half the UK adult population. Only Star Wars has beaten it in box office records since. Silent with English intertitles.Docklands Sinfonia LOGO Turquoise HiResIWM LOGOSomme100Film LOGO

Cinematographers: Geoffrey Malins, John McDowell
Spencer Down
UK | 1916 | 74 mins

Venue: St Anne’s, Limehouse, Three Colt Street, London E14 7HP

Tickets via Docklands Sinfonia website here.

Limited number of FREE tickets available for the over 60’s here.

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Catastrophe Club with Remi Kanazi

Join EEFF and Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign for an evening with Palestinian American performance poet Remi Kanazi, touring his latest collection of poetry, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine. Remi is a poet and writer based in NYC, whose political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world. His poetry has taken him across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. The evening will include a programme of contemporary Palestinian short film @HackneyPSC.

Venue: Passing Clouds

Tickets £10, £5 unwaged – here.

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Films for Food: The Divide + panel

Venue: 67 Rothbury Road, Hackney Wick E9

Dir: Katharine Round UK | 2015 | 74 min

Inspired by best-selling book The Spirit Level, Katharine Round’s film highlights the widening gulf between rich and poor.

FILMS FOR FOOD INITIATIVE: Just in the last year there has been a 51% rise in people using food banks across the UK. It is in response to this that the Rainbow Collective chose to set up “Films for Food”: a scheme which will give film lovers a chance to help their local community by bringing along a bag of non-perishable food items to donate to their local food bank.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the filmmaker Katharine Round, Denise Bentley (CEO First Love Foundation – Tower Hamlets Food Bank), Patrick Butler (Social policy editor – Head of Society, Health and Education at the Guardian) and a Food Bank User.

Screening in partnership with the Rainbow Collective, The Yard and First Love Foundation (Tower Hamlets Food Bank).The Yard - Logo

FREE for a bag of non-perishable food. BOOK HERE



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Tower Hamlets at its Best

A celebration of the most thrilling and invigorating up and coming talent from Tower Hamlets, this selection of shorts encapsulates everything that we love about the most vibrant and diverse borough of London.

Lewis Rose | UK | 17 min

Rene Pannavis | UK | 15 min

Tom Hemmings | UK | 10 min

Aimee Powell | UK | 17 min

Charlotte Wolf | UK | 13 min

Jake Lushington | UK | 16 minTower Hamlets Logo (1)

FREE. Book your place via the Genesis Cinema website here.

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Istanbul at Dawn – Photographic Exhibition by Anthony Epes

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22–28 June

Dawn, during the spring and summer months, brings something incredible to our cities – emptiness. Even in Istanbul, home to over 14 million people, 4am on a May morning finds you wandering through empty streets. In keeping with our Turkish theme for 2016, we’re delighted to be partnering with Spitalfields Estate to host an exhibition of inspiring and celebratory images of Istanbul at dawn by renowned photographer Anthony Epes. Anthony Epes is a Californian photographer based in London. He is currently photographing some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting cities for his book series on Cities at Dawn.


With thanks to Spitalfields estate for their support of the Istanbul at Dawn exhibition.

See here details for East End at Dawn: Sunrise Photography Tour with Anthony Epes on Saturday 26 June.

Part of Roots, more information here.


“Being out when everyone sleeps is intoxicating. It is the only time when you can see the city as it really is: free from the hordes of people that crowd its streets; free from the traffic that blocks its views; free from the stresses and the pandemonium of urban life.”

This spectacular photo walk offers photographers of any level a unique opportunity to discover how dawn can transform their images. Lead by seasoned photographer Anthony Epes, the route will start down by the river Thames as the sun peeps up over the water, then snake north up to Columbia Road Market to experience the opening of the market at dawn before wandering slowly through the waking streets of London’s East End to Spitalfields Market to join Ray Dervin for a ‘walk’ through the history of the East End.

There is step free access along the route.


Buy your ticket HERE.
Limited number of FREE tickets available here


See here details for the exhibition of Anthony Epes’ photos of Istanbul at Dawn at Spitalfields Market from the 22nd to the 28th of June. 

Meeting point: Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4DT
Getting there: Parking: http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/london/
For night buses to Tower Bridge use the TFL search: https://tfl.gov.uk/What to bring:

  • We recommend you bring a tripod in order to capture the pre-dawn and dawn light. If you would prefer not to, that’s no problem but you’ll have to wait until there is enough light to shoot without one.
  • Any camera is fine. Bring a plastic bag to protect it from the rain (a cheap but total good solution).
  • Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. Its pretty cold at dawn so be prepared. Plus there is a fair amount of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.

Part of Roots. More information here.