Arts & Events

Akwaaba – Ghana Music Week Festival, Indigo O2, North Greenwich, London

akwaabaFriday 30 December. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from £20/£30
Akwaaba (welcome) to the Ghana Music Festival! Featuring Stonebwoy, Kwabena, E.L and more, the stage is set for Ghana’s finest to take over. If you’ve been to the annual Ghana Party in the Park – you know how Ghanaians do. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a night to remember!

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Christmas & Chill with BYP Network, Loughborough south London.

byp-networkWednesday 28 December. 7pm – midnight. Tickets £11.21 – £16.42
Following the success of their first event ‘BYP Network Presents: Meet & Mingle’, Black Young Professionals Network (BYP Network) are back with a Christmas special! With laughter, food and a movie, as well as a chance for black minority ethnic professionals to network and socialise, what’s not to like?

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Black Professionals United meetup, Cotton’s Rhum Shack (inside Boxpark Shoreditch), London.

slide01Tuesday 10 January. 6 – 9:30pm. Free event
This special evening is committed to connecting professionals across London, through intellectual discussion + networking. With a meet and greet and ice breaker games, you’ll have the opportunity to really get to know everyone. Meet, discuss and network.

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New Year’s Day parade!

new-year-paradeSunday 1January 2017. Parade begins at noon. Free
Join in with the ‘turn of the year’ tradition and welcome 2017 with a bang! With more than 8,500 performers representing 20 different countries, a spectacular sight awaits! Enjoy a burst of colourful and musical celebrations, with dancers, acrobats and American style musicians, and so much more!

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Cinema

 Red Carpet Premier of MONA, Prince Charles Cinema Leicester Square, London

MONA - Segilola OgidanSaturday 21 January, 2017. Tickets £16.74 – £27.14
Mona is a new political thriller inspired by the actual June 1973 visit to London of the Portuguese Prime Minister, Dr Marcelo Caetano. The film is directed and written by Anthony Abuah and executive produced by Segilola Ogidan (read our interview here).

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Cirque du Soleil Amuluna at Royal Albert Hall, London

cirque-du-soliel13 January 2017 – February 1, 2017. Times vary depending on date. Tickets from £45.75.
Returning to take the stage by storm once again, is the world famous Cirque du Soleil, with its 33rd production, the jaw-dropping Amaluna. Telling the story of a mysterious island ruled by Goddesses, the epic love story between Queen Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor who gets washed up on the isle, Amuluna will have you captivated until the end…

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Theatre

 Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Lyric Hammersmith, London.

fantastic-mr-foxWednesday 25 January – Sunday 19 February 2017. Tickets from £15
One for the kids, Fantastic Mr Fox – is smart, clever and definitely fantastic! Enjoy Roald Dahl’s classic tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, with family as you watch Mr Fox hatch his cunning plan to save his family and friends.

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 FOOD

Cocoa Runner’s Chocolate Tasting Evening, Farringdon, central east London

cocoa-runners-chocolateTuesday January 17 2017. 7:30 – 8:30pm. Tickets £25-£45.
Love chocolate? Well, Prufrock Coffee in Farringdon, will be hosting the Cocoa Runners Tasting Evening, bringing you a library of chocolate sure to leave your mouth watering for more! Showcasing the best bars to enter the chocolate scene this year, as well as unpicking the common misconceptions about chocolate, and the very real benefits of eating the world’s best chocolate!

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Vegan Live, Alexandra Palace, North London.

vegan-liveSaturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 2017. 10am-5pm. Tickets: £6 – £16.
The team behind Vegan Life (a UK vegan magazine) – invite you to embrace plant-based living with this two-day event. Whether you are new to veganism or grounded in it, this event will be showcasing a wealth of information for all, revealing delicious recipes along the way sure to tingle your taste buds. The event will include VIP dining area, an exclusive menu, mini beer festival, and a bespoke pop-up cinema.

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Eat Street Supper Club – A Vegetarian Taste Tour of Asia, @ East Street Restaurant in central London.

east-street-supper-club-asian-foodThursday 17 January. 7.15-9.15pm. Tickets £11.04. Price for meal £22.
Take your taste buds on a journey to remember with a delicious vegetarian and five course taste tour of South East Asia’s varied and fabulous food, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

You’ll be greeted with a delicious cocktail (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or a cold bottle of beer – whatever you fancy, so come along and indulge in a selection of 9 of our favourite Vegetarian dishes!

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Dinerama, Shoreditch, London

dineramaFrom Thursday 12 January. Starts at 5pm, free before 7pm, £3 after 7pm.
Boasting a two storey site with 15 different food vendors, there’s space enough for up to 1,000 visitors to enjoy the street feast atmosphere. Settle in among the benches or floor space and enjoy snacks like B.O.B’s Lobster, Kimchinary, BBQ Lab, Fundi Pizza, Yum Bun and Smokestak.

For the colder months, the venue now has a roof, as well as four new bars (bringing the total to ten) which will serve drinks from cans of craft beer to hot cocktails – there’s something for everyone!

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Hawker House, Rotherhithe, south east London

hawker-houseFrom Friday 13 January. 5pm onwards. Free before 5pm, £3 after 7pm.
Love street food? Well, with this fantastic indoor market, you and your friends can keep munching through the winter months. For those hungry foodies, come down every Friday and Saturday for two levels of street food sure to satisfy your appetite. Including Chin Chin Labs Ice Cream and Yum Bun’s baozi, along with eight bars, and Hawker House’s whisk roulette.

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Places to Visit

Christmas at Kew, Richmond, London

christmas_at_kewUntil Monday 2 January. Open 5 – 10pm. Tickets from £16 (adult, off-peak) and £18 (adult peak), and from £10 for kids, dependent on age.
 See Kew after dark, with its one mile of sparkling path winding its way through the Gardens. Experience a botanical wonderland, with brightly coloured laser beams dancing over water, a Tunnel of Lights, scented Fire Garden and fairy-tale avenues of flora. At the North Pole village, Father Christmas, will be accompanied by his elves, where there are also vintage rides, Christmas gifts and traditional festive fares, for all!

(pic credit: Kew Gardens)

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Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, London

adventure-travel-show21 – 22 January. Tickets: One-day entry (£6), weekend entry (£15), under 16s (free)
Discover this event dedicated to helping you find a whole new world in your travel experiences. Boasting a huge collection of specialist adventure travel companies on hand to help, this is an event for travellers who prefer to journey off the beaten track. With more than 100 free inspirational talks over four theatres, you’ll be equipped with the information you need before you travel, as well as where the hottest new destinations are. Interested in visiting Africa but can’t decide on which of the 54 countries to choose from? Well, with the Discover Africa Feature, your mind will be made up!

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 Hackney Flea Market, Stoke Newington, London

hackney-flea-marketSaturday 7 January to Sunday 8 January. From 11am. Free
With more than 30 traders and an enticing selection of vintage clothes and furniture, handmade jewellery, comics, records and antiques you’re bound to find an item that will catch your eye. The market also includes an onsite cafe and there will also be a DJ providing tunes to keep the Christmas spirit going!

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