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Balabam South Tottenham!

Balabam, South Tottenham

Balabam! Just like that South Tottenham has gained a fab new music venue / community pub / hangout.

Both Stamford Hill and South Tottenham have an important and fascinating musical history (on which, more another time). So it is doubly fantastic for our area to play host to a venue that clearly puts the love of music so full-square at the centre of what it does. Not least after London has lost so many brilliant venues in recent years to “development”.

Last weekend saw Balabam open, described by one Gladesmore resident as “absolutly brilliant!”. The line up looks to be forming day-by-day but it seems fair to expect more quality live music from around the world...

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Steamy local film: KinoVan at Markfield


Local film history will be brought to life with a mobile cinema and he steam engine is in action at Markfield Beam Engine this Bank Holiday Monday.

The KinoVan will be on hand showcasing vintage home video clips and the best of our local film history. Sourced from amateur and professional films, the curated film programmes showcase London’s vibrant past through a mix of newsreels, films by local societies and home movies, captured on everything from Super-8 to VHS. The Kino van is part of FilmLondon’s “London: A Bigger Picture”

Steam Day with the KinoVan at Markfield Beam Engine and Museum
25 May 2015
Markfield Beam Engine and Museum, Markfield Road, South Tottenham, London N15 4RB

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Love the Lea festival


A free festival celebrating the Lea takes place next Sunday (17 August). The all-day event is just down the river, in the Walthamstow Marshes picnic area (opposite Springfield Park), and features live music, boat trips, sound walks and more.

The event also features #urbanflowevent (rivercities): a cross-arts, public participation project that forms part of series of works linking Sweden, Canada and our own Lea Valley. People are invited to come to a practice session and dress rehearsal on Saturday 16 August 4-6 p.m. (same place). Children aged 9-13 are also required to perform a dance in the festival and a dance workshop will take place on Friday 15 August at the Sea Cadets Building, Spring Hill, E5...

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Drawing on Tottenham life?


Figure you have it in you to capture the human body in sketch? Now’s your chance. Tottenham Art Classes are running life drawing – drawing a human figure from observation of a live model – classes every Thursday evening.

You can just drop into the sessions, which cost £5, at Tottenham Chances.


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Tour de France to whizz past


The Tour de France is coming to London next Monday (7 July) with the route including part of the Lea Bridge Road, a modest walk from South Tottenham.

The world’s most famous cycle race is primarily held in France, but this year includes some UK stages. Monday’s part of the race sees competitors cycling from Cambridge through Essex and then on to north, east and central London before finishing on The Mall.

This excellent interactive map of the whole day’s route also shows crucial details such as elevations. Last year’s winner Chris Froome is part of a multinational squad in “Team Sky”, although Bradley Wiggins did not make the cut.

Tour de France Lee Valley mapThe nearest point of the Tour de France to South Tottenham is a roughly 40 minute stroll down the River Lee and across Walthamstow Marshes.

The racers will come...

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Tottenham Takeover V&A

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This Friday evening sees Tottenham taking over the V&A in a celebration of Tottenham’s creative community. The free event will host a range of music, art, design, architecture and more.

An extensive programme features highlights including Tottenham style: resistance, power and pride, a sneak preview of an exhibition developed for Tottenham’s canals while filmmakers show the Tottenham World Film Club animations and delve into the Tottenham Social Archives.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis so get there for the start to see as much as possible. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

The full line up is:

Theo Void presents Tottenham DJ Consortium

Grand Entrance
18.30 – 21.45
Tugging on the influential threads of London’s...

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Tottenham bus garage centenary


Saturday marks one hundred years since the opening of Tottenham bus garage.

A fun day is planned on Tottenham Green including music, stalls and vintage vehicles. Routemasters will be running on the 76 route down to Waterloo and back (fare: donation to North London Hospice).
Saturday 20 July, 11am to 4pm, Free, Tottenham Green (Town Hall Approach).

More details on the Arriva website.

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Murals on the Marshes


This weekend and next, MuralOnTheMarsh is coming to Walthamstow Marshes.

This art project replaces tagging on railway arches with uplifting art from local artists and illustrators, taking inspiration from the marshes & nature.


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Steampunk Victorian Mayhem this Sunday

Markfield Beam Engine

A “Victorian Mayhem Steampunk Convivial”.

That is what is promised on Sunday in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the commissioning of the Victorian Beam Engine in Markfield Park.

Markfield Victorian Mayhem

As well as music and markets, the free event will apparently feature “snail racing, tea duelling and costumed ostrich racing”. The Engine itself will also be steaming.

Sunday 14 July, 11am to 8pm, Free, Markfield Park. See Markfield Beam Engine and Museum or Friends of Markfield Park.

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Tottenham Marshes Natural History Walk


Join the walk around Tottenham Marshes this Sunday organised by Tottenham Civic Society and the Friends of Tottenham Marshes:

“Some of the wildflowers we could find in the meadows include Bee Orchid, St.John’s Perforate Wort, Field Scabious and several species of Crane’s-bill, and butterflies feeding on them might include Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Let’s hope for a warm day to bring out the dragonflies such as Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker, Banded Demoiselle and Red-eyed Damsel, a variety of hoverflies and various grasshoppers and crickets.

“Our summer visiting bird species such as Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler will be on family duties whilst our resident species such as Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Long-tailed Tits may well ...

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