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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.

Image:15 Percent Off at The Big Red Pizza Bus
Tue 11 Feb - Mon 5 Jan
The Albany and The Big Red Bus

15 Percent Off at The Big Red Pizza Bus

Get 15% off at The Big Red Pizza Bus with your Albany booking.

Image:Cabaret Playroom
Mon 1 Sep - Mon 1 Dec
Tricity Vogue, Rude Grrl and the Albany present

Cabaret Playroom

A space for new cabaret ideas. Established artists and emerging performers alike bring ground-breaking works-in-progress to the Albany.

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Fri 5 Sep - Fri 3 Oct
In a Pikkle presents

Pop-Up Restaurants

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. 

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Tue 16 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Entelechy & Freedom Studios in association with the Albany and ARC Stockton present

BOLD Festival

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.

Image:BOLD - I Thought I'd Finished Roswitha Chesher Photography
Tue 16 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
The Albany presents

BOLD - I Thought I'd Finished Roswitha Chesher Photography

For the last eight years film maker, video artist and photographer, Roswitha Chesher has been documenting the creative and artistic work of older Londoners. 

Image:BOLD - Christopher Nunn Portraits Exhibition
Tue 16 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
The Albany presents

BOLD - Christopher Nunn Portraits Exhibition

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.

Image:Home Sweet Home
Tue 23 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Entelechy & Freedom Studios in association with the Albany and ARC Stockton present

Home Sweet Home

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. 

Image:BOLD - Mrs Horton’s Finger
Tue 23 Sep
Dirty Market presents

BOLD - Mrs Horton’s Finger

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.

Image:A Cure for Ageing
Thu 25 Sep - Sat 27 Sep
Ira Brand presents

A Cure for Ageing

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.

Image:Robert Llewellyn: Electric Cars are Rubbish Aren't They?
Fri 26 Sep
Lakin McCarthy presents

Robert Llewellyn: Electric Cars are Rubbish Aren't They?

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? 

Image:Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasion
Fri 26 Sep - Sun 5 Oct
The Why Front (South London Women Artists Collective)

Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasion

Hidden Narratives and Dangerous Erasions is a large scale live drawing by The Why Front that promotes a better understanding of the role of women artists throughout history.

Image:Can You Pay My Bills?
Tue 30 Sep
Lou-Attessa Marcellin, Olivia Leahy & Girolamo Marri present

Can You Pay My Bills?

A playful event investigating roles of audience & participant, artwork & event and artist & curator. Open to artists & curators.

Image:Albany Advice Surgeries
Wed 1 Oct - Wed 25 Mar

Albany Advice Surgeries

Organising an event and need some advice on how to make it happen?
Trying to set up a group or organisation?
Raising funds?
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.

Image:Queer'Say
Thu 2 Oct
Rosie Wilby & Apples and Snakes present

Queer'Say

A brand new series of queer spoken word events recorded live for Resonance FM’s award winning LGBT show Out In South London.

Image:Dare to Dream - A Bitta LeMoN
Fri 3 Oct
Lifestyles Day Services presents

Dare to Dream - A Bitta LeMoN

Captivating music, dance and drama performances from adults with learning difficulties from day services in Lewisham.

Image:Fun Palaces
Sat 4 Oct - Sun 5 Oct

Fun Palaces

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.

Image:The Deptford Fun Palace
Sat 4 Oct - Sun 5 Oct

The Deptford Fun Palace

Local Deptford organisations, including the Albany, are teaming up to create Deptford’s Fun Palace for you to be part of and enjoy. 

Image:Source
Sun 5 Oct
Cirque Bijou & Circulate present

Source

When London’s sewers and underground system were first created, six tunnellers were sent underground in a secret mission to find and save the sources of London’s rivers before they became buried forever.

Image:Dancing with the Orange Dog
Fri 10 Oct
154 Collective presents

Dancing with the Orange Dog

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.

 

Image:Afrovibes Festival
Mon 13 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
UK Arts International in association with Afrovibes Netherlands presents

Afrovibes Festival

Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn. 

Image:Afrovibes - Township Café
Mon 13 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
The Albany presents

Afrovibes - Township Café

Inspired by the tastes, sounds, colours and creativity of South Africa's Township culture, the Albany Café will once again be transformed into the hub of the Afrovibes festival.

Image:Afrovibes - Choral Masterclass
Tue 14 Oct - Fri 17 Oct

Afrovibes - Choral Masterclass

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell
Tue 14 Oct
Nelisiwe Xaba and Broken Borders Arts Project presents

Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell

Dance Double Bill

Image:Afrovibes - Africa Inspired
Tue 14 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
Tyler Dolan presents

Afrovibes - Africa Inspired

Durban-based photographer Tyler Dolan presents Africa Inspired, consisting of hyper realistic portraits of African Fashion outfits and the African patterns which have inspired them.

Image:Afrovibes - Pop-Up South Africa
Tue 14 Oct - Sat 18 Oct
Tyler Dolan presents

Afrovibes - Pop-Up South Africa

Go on safari, hang out in the township or visit South African sites with this fun interactive photography project that transports you there – prepare to be amazed.

Image:Afrovibes - The African Cypher
Wed 15 Oct
Luna Films presents

Afrovibes - The African Cypher

In an African community overpowered by crime and poverty we see how dance has enriched and even changed the lives of the inhabitants.

Image:Afrovibes - Chill Pill Plus...
Wed 15 Oct - Fri 17 Oct
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Afrovibes - Chill Pill Plus...

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Mojisola Adebayo with Afrovibes artists
Wed 15 Oct - Fri 17 Oct
The Albany presents

Afrovibes - Mojisola Adebayo with Afrovibes artists

Writer and theatre-maker, Mojisola Adebayo, sparks conversation and debate with the creatives behind Afrovibes’ productions.

Image:Chill Pill: Afrovibes
Thu 16 Oct
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Chill Pill: Afrovibes

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Tsotsi
Fri 17 Oct
Luna Films presents

Afrovibes - Tsotsi

Adapted from the novel by well-known South African playwright Athol Fugard. Set in Alexandria, a slum in Johannesburg, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who hijacks a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.

Image:Afrovibes - Khumba
Sat 18 Oct
Triggerfish Animation Studios presents

Afrovibes - Khumba

Khumba, a half-striped zebra is born into an insular, superstitious herd, but it’s not all black and white in this colourful animation for the whole family!

Image:Afrovibes - Sea Point Days
Sat 18 Oct
Luna Films presents

Afrovibes - Sea Point Days

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.

Image:Afrovibes - African Folktales
Sat 18 Oct
Afrovibes by arrangement with Lentswe Arts Projects presents

Afrovibes - African Folktales

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.

Image:Afrovibes - Instant Rap Workshop
Sat 18 Oct
Chill Pill and the Albany present

Afrovibes - Instant Rap Workshop

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.

Image:Afrovibes Growing Up Club
Sat 18 Oct
The Albany presents

Afrovibes Growing Up Club

Drop into our café as our family favourite is given an Afrovibes twist with crafts and activities that will transport the kids to South Africa.

Image:The Hunters Grimm
Wed 22 Oct - Sat 8 Nov
Teatro Vivo in association with the Albany present

The Hunters Grimm

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.

Image:Disco Kids: Spooky Science
Sun 26 Oct
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Spooky Science

Dust the cobwebs off your costumes and join us for this spook-tacular Halloween celebration. DJ Jean Genie and C12 Dance fly back in for a massive monster mash-up. 

Image:Who Ya Gonna Call & Ghostbusters the Movie
Fri 31 Oct
Superfan and the Albany present

Who Ya Gonna Call & Ghostbusters the Movie

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.

Image:A 21st Century Tea Dance
Tue 4 Nov
Entelechy Arts and the Albany present

A 21st Century Tea Dance

Meet Me at the Albany comes together with Entelechy’s Tea Dance team to conjure up an afternoon of dance, tea, cake, music and gentle delights for all ages.

Image:Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion
Sat 8 Nov
Lakin McCarthy presents

Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion

In a fast follow up to In (and out of) His Mind, Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have.

Image:Façade
Thu 13 Nov - Fri 14 Nov
Crashmat Collective presents

Façade

An intimate and theatrical three course meal, during which, stories unfold in thrilling and touching ways, encircling you as you dine. Prepare for a feast for the senses, as well as the appetite.

Image:Hackney Colliery Band
Sat 15 Nov
Time and Talent Agency presents

Hackney Colliery Band

Since their debut in 2011, this brass juggernaut has blown their way into the public consciousness with their cunning cover versions and catchy original recordings.  

Image:Shakespeare Schools Festival
Mon 17 Nov - Wed 19 Nov
Shakespeare Schools Festival presents

Shakespeare Schools Festival

The Albany is delighted to mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday by throwing him the biggest party with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date. 

Image:Hatched
Thu 20 Nov
The Albany presents

Hatched

Hatched is back for another season! For two weeks in November the Albany will be supporting two artists as they develop ideas and hatch something new. Join us each Thursday for a sharing of freshly laid works in progress.

Image:The Squidz Club
Fri 21 Nov
Heart n Soul presents

The Squidz Club

The Squidz Club is for young people with learning disabilities (aged 10-25) their friends and families. 

Image:Hatched
Thu 27 Nov
The Albany presents

Hatched

Hatched is back for another season! For two weeks in November the Albany will be supporting two artists as they develop ideas and hatch something new. Join us each Thursday for a sharing of freshly laid works in progress.

Image:BITES: Remix
Fri 28 Nov
Upswing & the Albany present

BITES: Remix

BITES: Remix throws out the rule book to bring together highly skilled circus talent with artists from very different worlds, creating a night of unusual artistic collaborations, crossovers and collisions.

Image:Disco Kids: Winter Wonderland
Sun 30 Nov
The Albany presents

Disco Kids: Winter Wonderland

Let your countdown to Christmas kick off with Disco Kids Winter Wonderland.