March event highlights

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Tower Hamlets has a vibrant arts scene, and a host of family and community activities. We hope you find something to enjoy.

For more events taking place in Tower Hamlets this month, visit our What’s on Guide for arts and entertainment listings.

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Women's History Month in East London

Women's History Month in East London

OITIJ-JO: still from 'Banglatown' by Farihah Chowdhury

Contemporary women artists, activists, writers and performers, women's groups and community organisations present a diverse programme of events and exhibitions in galleries, venues, libraries and institutions across the borough.

Art Exhibitions include  'Women & Sport' at the Brady Arts Centre, 'Action, Gesture, Paint - Women Artists & Global Abstraction 1940-70'  at the Whitechapel Gallery, Maria Amidu: 'Living in Fear of Quicksand' at the Nunnery Gallery and the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 'Women of Bethnal Green at Work' photographs by Sarah Ainslie at Oxford House. 

Performances include Sarah Jane Morris and the Solis String Quartet presented by Blow the Fuse at St Matthias Church, Purple Moon Drama perform 'I am Womxn' - an evening of spoken word at Poplar Union, and Arab Women Artists Now Festival at Rich Mix.

Events and talks: Workshops at Bishopsgate Institute including a discussion and screening from the 'People Make Television' exhibition at Raven Row Gallery, a presentation of the film 'I'm Fine - Thanks for Asking' + Q&A with Kelly Kali at the Genesis Cinema. A creative workshop for Mothers and Daughters and Sons and a Mohila Ongon International Women's Day Event, both at The Brady Arts Centre.

Women's History Month is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council and the participating artists and venues.  

Women and Sport Photography Exhibition

Women and Sport: Women's History Month Photography Exhibition

Women & Sport at The Brady Arts Centre © Sarah Ainslie

Alternative Arts present an exhibition at The Brady Arts Centre celebrating women's sport with contemporary images by women photographers and archive material from Bishopsgate Institute, Tower Hamlets Sports Development, the Brady Club Archive and London Metropolitan Archives.

In the year of the Women's Football World Cup the exhibition looks at the diversity of women's sport with current photographs of boxing, weightlifting, pole dancing, running, rowing, football, netball, cycling, badminton, exercising, and fashion alongside archive images from the 20th Century.

Photographers include: Sarah Ainslie, Alethea Baker, Julie Cook, Jacqui Ennis-Cole, Paola Gomez, Taishan Henry, Marketa Luskacova, Keren McConnell, Abigail Lynn O'Neill, Holly Taylor. Curated by Sarah Ainslie and Maggie Pinhorn

This exhibition can also be viewed online from 2 March. 

Centre Tribe – International Women’s Day Special

Centre Tribe – International Women’s Day Special

Celebrate International Women’s Day at The Brady Arts Centre with a great evening of poetry, drama, music and dance. Young people from Tower Hamlets have taken part in workshops with Centre Stage to create this fantastic event based on the theme of embracing equity. Participants aged from 14-21 have been writing scripts, exploring poetry, discovering production skills and learning how to tell their own stories. 

Join us on 11 March for an exciting and eclectic night of joyous, high octane, mixed media performance. Don’t miss it. Tickets are free but places are limited so please book tickets via Eventbrite.

Cutting East Film Festival returns to Genesis Cinema

Cutting East Film Festival returns to Genesis Cinema

Youth-led Cutting East Film Festival returns to the Genesis Cinema on 10 and 11 March. The festival has been curated by a talented and local group of 16-21 year-olds. Young people from across the borough have come together to pool their talents and attend intensive sessions with film industry professionals. Their work and ideas will be showcased at the festival’s 2023 edition. The theme for this year’s festival is ’nostalgia’. 

Participants have programmed, designed and curated the festivals with a great line-up of free screenings with Q&A, conversations with Netflix series Top Boy actor Nabil Elouhabi, workshops, spoken word and performances. Highlights include Nobody's Metaphor, a short documentary, made by Chouette Films and Maslaha, and Marble Sinew’s Moving Language about the story behind International Mother Language Day. Most events at the festival are free to attend.

Cutting East is a partnership between Tower Hamlets Council and Mile End Community Project and supported by Project Phakama UK and Genesis.

Noor Aromas Pre Ramadan Market

Noor Aromas Eid Market

Noor Aromas, a luxury home fragrance brand, bring their Pre Ramadan Market back to The Ecology Pavilion on Sunday 19 March.  Family-friendly small businesses will showcase home products, baking, Islamic gifts and decor to clothing and more. This is the perfect chance to grab last minute Ramadan or early Eid gifts. A face painter will keep children entertained. Residents can come and support the businesses they shop from online, meet the owners and have a fun day out.

Free entry, plenty of stalls and activities for children, the market is inclusive and open to all from  12 noon – 5.30pm 

Bird Barmy Army in Victoria Park

Bird Barmy Army in Victoria Park

Come and join the Victoria Park rangers and our resident bird expert David Darrell-Lambert as we explore the park and its different habitats to discover which of our feathered friends live and visit here.

10am - 12noon on 12 March.  Meet at the V & A Building in the park. 

This is a free event but spaces are limited so please book your place via Eventbrite. 

Suitable for all ages, under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. 

Arab Women Artists Now Festival returns to Rich Mix

Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival returns

Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival returns for its eighth edition in March. Held at Rich Mix, the festival will showcase music, spoken word, film and comedy from Arab women artists from across the globe.

The festival opens with a special screening of ‘Beirut, The Aftermath’ + Q&A with director Fadia Ahmad. Ahmad’s documentary captures Beirut in the aftermath of the August 4th blast. Through raw testimonials, individuals from all walks of life recount the day everything collapsed, while showing the resilience of a people who don’t want to give up. Book tickets for the opening night or explore the full festival progamme

Lunchtime Heritage Walks at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Lunchtime Heritage Walks at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Parks

Join the Heritage Officer at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park for a series of lunchtime history and folklore walks. The walks will explore different topics every session whilst taking a leisurely stroll through the Cemetery Park. You can join in with just one or two, or all of them if you'd like! These wanders will be guided but will also be an opportunity to share your stories and ask any questions you might have about any aspect of the Cemetery Park..

3 March - History of the Cemetery Park and notable people

17 March - Folklore of plants and trees

31 March - Death, doctors and disease

14 April - Grave symbolism and traditions of death and burial

All ages are welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Well behaved dogs are welcome too. Book now. 

Speak Cockney Day at Museum of London Docklands

Speak Cockney Day at Museum of London Docklands

Apples and pears, almond rocks, ball and chalk…

Embrace your inner Cockney at the Museum of London Docklands Speak Cockney Day on Saturday 3 March  (the ‘fird' of the ‘fird').  At this free drop in event you can discover more about Cockney life, heritage, lingo and meet London’s Pearly Kings and Queens.

You will also get the chance to improve your Cockney rhyming slang and find out more about other traditions, while also taking part in a special version of the ‘Cockney Apprentice’, challenging visitors to discover if they can claim the right to ‘be born with a ‘Cockney spoon’ in their mouths’. Throughout the day you will find Pearly Kings and Queens in traditional costume to mingle with in the café area.

Applications open for community Coronation celebrations 

Applications open for community Coronation Celebrations

Image: Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Applications for community street parties and celebrations to honour His Majesty King Charles III's Coronation are now open. Residents are invited to apply for permission to hold a community street party on Tower Hamlets highways or in our parks and open spaces, over the Coronation bank holiday weekend Saturday 6 to Monday 8 May 2023. Applications to hold community street parties or community park events must be submitted by noon Friday 24 March 2023 Find out how to apply.

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