A guide to this week’s art, film and music events (19 – 25 March 2018)

From alternative films in an intimate cinema, to 'theatrical rollercoasters', live music, and a re-imagining of Shakespeare's greatest work - there's no shortage of events in Hackney this week.

Buggy Baby. Credit: The Other Richard


At The Institute of Light

Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, London Fields, London, E8 3SB

IOL is a cultural haven made up of a restaurant, record store and cinema. It is  discreetly tucked underneath an arch of an Overground train line. The cinema (“Hackney’s cheapest”) shows a diverse range of pictures from repertory classics to the newest releases in both digital and analog.

Spend your afternoon browsing the vinyls, then tuck into something scrumptious at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen before settling down on a two-seat sofa to watch Rüben Ostlund’s art world satire The Square (from 23 March), or Sebastián Leilo’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman (from 21 March).  



Buggy Baby at The Yard theatre, 7-31 March

Buggy Baby. Credit: The Other Richard

Josh Azouz’s surreal horror comedy has been described “a theatrical rollercoaster” and a “brilliantly warped fairytale”. Buggy Baby stars Jasmine Jones as Aya, an eighteen-month-old baby who is left alone with her mother’s boyfriend Jaden.

Jaden is a disturbed, paranoid individual and believes that Aya may be something much more dangerous than a mere baby.

Unit 2A, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, E9 5EN


Hamlet at Hackney Empire, 6-31 March

Stoke Newington actor Eleanor Wyld plays Guildenstern in the RSC’s production of Hamlet. Credit: Manuel Harlan copyright RSC

The RSC’s touring production of the Bard’s greatest play is a gripping reimagining of a story we all know back to front. Simon Godwin efficiently directs this mostly black cast led by rising star Paapa Essiedu. Hackney Post said of the production: “Essiedu leads the cast valiantly as the revenge-bent intellectual. He embraces the comedy of Hamlet’s antic disposition, and clearly knows the difference between feigned madness and authentic grief”.



Oslo, all week.

1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

As well as a bar and kitchen, Oslo is also a live music venue with live bands and artists performing most nights. Just up the road from Hackney Empire, this redeveloped railway station has been redesigned to echo a specifically Nordic aesthetic and serves food from a similarly inspired menu. 

There are many events this week:

Tues 20 March, 7.30pm. Jacob Collier

Thurs 22 March, 7.30pm. Bamfi

Fri 23 March, 9pm. Club: Valhalla. Strictly Party Music

Sat 24 March, 7pm. Roddy Woomble



Flowers Gallery until 5 May

Flowers has three galleries. The first is located on Cork Street, London and another in New York. We are also very lucky to have the third venue situated on Kingsland Road. The Kingsland Road gallery is currently host to two thrilling exhibitions: Lunar Voyage by Tom Hammick and Two Journeys, a joint exhibition by Bernard and Nathan Cohen. 

82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP


Plan ahead

Russell Brand Re:Birth Netflix Special at Hackney Empire, 18-19 April.

Russell Brand is gracing Hackney with his all-knowing presence and has opted to have his latest Netflix special filmed in our most hallowed and historic of venues. During this special he will ponder such questions as: “How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me? Or, worse, to date someone like me?”

Tickets are on sale now.


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