What's on: Events
You'll find details here of our regular free exhibitions in the cafe as well as other happenings which don't quite fit into any other category.
In a Pikkle's supper clubs are a cross between your traditional pop-up and a dinner party. Prepare to make new friends, have a great night and enjoy some wholesome Caribbean food; if you’re after jerk chicken or rice and peas you have come to the wrong place, if you want to push your palate boundaries and experience something new then you have come to the right place.
Inspired by Meet Me at the Albany, BOLD festival of arts and older people, will provoke us to think about ageing differently, from unpicking the politics of the care system to presenting the seemingly frail in unlikely settings. Over the course of the week, pop-up performances, photography, discussions, workshops and poetry will take place in and around the Albany, on the streets of Deptford and in local care homes.
For the last eight years film maker, video artist and photographer, Roswitha Chesher has been documenting the creative and artistic work of older Londoners.
What is it like being old in contemporary Britain? Photographer Christopher Nunn has worked with the ensemble cast of Home Sweet Home (23 - 27 September, featuring in BOLD Festival) to take the portraits displayed in this exhibition.
What happens when you have to leave your own home sweet home and find yourself in a different kind of home altogether? A home where anything can happen, where the day to day reality of caring and being cared for brings you up against bursts of beauty, high drama, Bollywood dancing and even a little magic.
Is the fear of getting old irrational? How do we gauge our worth? Though our bodies may fail us, isn’t our inner experience as vital as it ever was? Surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington thought so, and Dirty Market are devising a new work-in-progress piece inspired by her brilliant, funny, mystical work.
A piece about being young and foolish, and becoming old and wise. Or about being young and wise, and becoming old and foolish. It asks how we can talk more honestly about ageing, drawing together true personal accounts and shameless speculation in a celebration of life and an attempt to fall in love with our own decline.
Robert has driven just about every electric car there is, some amazing, and some downright dangerous. How could something as mundane, questionable and just plain annoying as a battery make any difference in the world?
Organising an event and need some advice on how to make it happen?
Trying to set up a group or organisation?
Working with partners?
Interested in a career in the creative sector?
The Albany Advice surgery may be the right place to get started. Members of the Albany staff team are available to talk through your ideas, answer your questions and help turn your thoughts into a plan. Pop in for a ‘peek behind the scenes’, a sounding board, signposting towards further support, or just straight forward advice.
The surgery is held in the relaxed atmosphere of the Albany café, every other Wednesday afternoon between 16:00 – 17:30. No pre-booking necessary.
On the weekend of 4 & 5 October 2014, in arts centres and museums, marquees and school halls, parks and high streets, something remarkable will occur: a vast communal celebration of arts, culture and sciences quite unlike anything that has come before. Marking the 100th birthday of Joan Littlewood, one of the Twentieth Century's most significant theatre directors and cultural innovators, Fun Palaces will bring to life the vision she created with Cedric Price for spaces linking arts and sciences, entertainment and education, a campaign of culture at the heart of all of our communities.
This is Dan. His Idol, his Grandad, is a story. Dan’s just discovered this. He’s also realized that he too is just a story. Now he can’t sleep.
And then there is Lucy…
An Art Exhibition. A Theatre Performance. A Music Gig.
Using theatre, dance, music, visual arts, photography and the moving image, this is an intimate and quirky evening all about stories; why we tell them and why we sometimes turn them into shaggy dogs.
This two-part masterclass will bring together live vocal experimentation, beatbox-looping and choral singing to explore contemporary song and re-mix classics. No experience is necessary but a keen interest in singing and sound is a must.
Just when you think the show is over, resident spoken word collective, Chill Pill, keep the Township Café going with a series of pop-up events. Each evening will be curated by different Chill Pill artists with co-hosts and acts from the extended Chill Pill family both near and far.
Writer and theatre-maker, Mojisola Adebayo, sparks conversation and debate with the creatives behind Afrovibes’ productions.
South London’s coolest spoken word night goes global with a very special line-up of international and UK artists, including Toni Stuart, one of South Africa’s finest published and performing poets, plus even more open mic slots up for grabs.
Directed by Francois Verster (2009), 94 min. Using innovative film language, quirky charm and a combination of film formats, this essayistic film captures not only the societal blend in a specific part of Cape Town but also the conflicts and difficulties underlying it.
Told with the background sounds and music of Botswana’s folklore music genius, Ntirelang Berman, African Folktales sessions will be enjoyed by both the young and old. Stories of Lion and Jackal, Ant and Elephant are interpreted and fitted with the current state that Africa finds herself in.
Poetry slam champion, celebrated battle rapper, and critically acclaimed MC Adam Kammerling shows you how to whip up raps/bars/verses in minutes using some super simple and fun techniques. Adam will take the whole family from notes on a page to performing verses in a crew. You’ll be amazed at the speed you can make it happen.
The famous Brothers Grimm need your help. They need stories, more stories than they can gather themselves. You must search the dark streets of Deptford for new tales where you may come across an anarchic frog, comfort a desperate prince, dance with the musicians of Bremen and participate in an adventure to cure nightmares. Along the way, you’ll hear stories of love, death, poverty, longing and sausages.
Katy, Tom and Jon bring their Edinburgh Fringe sell-out to the best film of all time. With original songs, cardboard props and lots of love. Watch them sing, slime and bust their way through a one-hour interactive tribute to everyone’s favourite 80s classic. Think Reduced Shakespeare Company meets Be Kind, Rewind. Followed by a screening of Ghostbusters the Movie.