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New Activities & Events - October

Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Banardo's Home [Ages 16+]
Wednesday 3 October, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Dr Barnardo became famous for taking in poor, destitute children during Victorian times. Not many people are aware that he also took in poor, destitute black and disabled children. Avril Nanton presents the stories of the children who were taken in and fostered by Barnardo’s during the Victorian era.

Exhibition: a necessary fiction
Friday 5 October - Friday 30 November
Centering on the Barbadian and Tower Hamlets resident Chris Braithwaite and through the manipulation of original archival photography, ceramics and film, Basil Olton will attempt to re-position the redacted history of black social radicalism. This was funded by the Arts Council as part of BHM 2017 at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.  It is being re-staged for those that missed it.

Whitechapel Muslim History Tour [Ages 16+]
Saturday 6 October, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Discover the pre-East London Mosque history of the area, street art and buildings reflecting E1's changing times and a whole host of other fascinating flashbacks.

Ahmad Ikhlas: Caribbean Dub Poet [Ages 16+]
Thursday 11 October, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Ahmad Ikhlas brings his unique spiritual dub poetry to Whitechapel, whilst treating us to some historical insights into the mysterious Caribbean Maroons.

Jeffrey Boakye: The Language of Race [Ages 16+]
Saturday 13 October, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Author Jeffrey Boakye (Hold Tight) gives us an exclusive preview of his upcoming book which looks at how language shapes our understanding of racial identities. Boakye’s gift is to address the heaviest of issues with a light, often humorous touch, leaving his audience equally enlightened and entertained.

Please note: This event was previously titled as 'Black, Listed'


Carnival Poster [Family event]
Saturday 20 October, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Join us to make a ‘Carnival Poster’ using recycled materials that reflect the culture and atmosphere of carnival.  A practical workshop suitable for adults or families.  Any children attending must be accompanied by an adult (2 children per adult max).


Special Story Time [Under 5s]
Monday 22 October, 10.30 - 11.15am
There’s room on the broom for you! But be aware -  there’s a dragon on the loose!

Have a Laugh! Halloween Joke Books & More [Ages 5+]
Tuesday 23 October, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Do you know any Halloween jokes? Can you draw them in a cartoon? Explore joke and comic books, write jokes and draw your own storyboard.

Tribal Mask making [Ages 5+]
Wednesday 24 October, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Come and get creative with us in this fun arts and crafts session.

Best of Africa [Ages 5+]
Thursday 25 October, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Create your own artwork to represent all the amazing things about Africa!

Ska, Reggae and African Rhythms [Ages 16+]
Thursday 25 October
Workshop 6:00 - 7:00pm
Free Reggae Guitar Lesson (bring your own guitar) 7:30 - 8:00
A performance followed by a guitar workshop.  The performance allows an insight into the migration of a fictional female during the 1960’s from Jamaica to London.  Look into the world she left behind, the folk songs, the dialect and be part of the transition to the new life; with music of the day Ska and Reggae.  Audience participation is anticipated.
Note:  If attending the Reggae Guitar lesson you will need to bring your own guitar.
Adults and Families.  Any children attending must be over the age of 11 and accompanied by an adult (2 children per adult max).


Whitechapel History Festival [Ages 16+]
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 October
A 3-day festival of histories, memories and ideas as part of the Survey of London's Histories of Whitechapel project. View the full programme.
For more information visit:
Idea Store Whitechapel

Black History Month Treasure Hunt [Ages 5+]
Saturday 27 October, 2:15 - 3:30pm
Join a team, explore the library, learn about black history, create a poster, and win the prize!

Halloween Art Club [Ages 5+]
Sunday 28 October, 2:15 - 4:00pm
Create your own masks to scare your friends and family this Halloween… the spookier the better!

Ghanaian Kpanlogo Dance [All Ages]
Tuesday 30 October, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Watch a traditional Ghanaian dance performance called the Kpanlogo and join in with the performance.

Idea Store Business Workshops and Seminars at Idea Store Whitechapel
Throughout the year
Idea Store runs a monthly series of seminars and workshops for small business at Idea Store Whitechapel. Whether you're just starting out, have a great business idea or need help with marketing or your online social media presence - we'll have a seminar for you -  and it's FREE.
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