On display: five things to do in east London, January 14-16

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Navigate a forest, listen to live Russian classical music, a Barking walking tour and more – there is plenty to do in East London this weekend.

Here’s our guide to what’s happening from Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16.

Watch a storytelling show

Or: Rich Blend / 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
When: Friday January 14 / 7:30 p.m.

The Origins of Life and Death kicks off the 2022 residency of performance storytelling collective Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix with the first of the monthly live shows.

This show from the great storyteller Jan Blake is about creation, extinction, and African goddesses – with power struggles, daring challenges, magical battles, rage, revenge and banishment.

Tickets cost £ 12.50 and concessions are available.

Visit richmix.org.uk/events/the-origins-of-life-and-death/ for more information and to book.

Listen to Russian classical music and opera

Or: Christ Church Isle of Dogs / 151 Island Gardens, E14 3DR
When: Friday January 14/7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Christ Church Isle of Dogs hosts its first classical music and opera festival dedicated to the cultural traditions of the Russian New Year, celebrated according to the ancient Julian calendar.

Enjoy an evening of Russian and Soviet classical music and opera, hosted by Christ Church Isle of Dogs artist in residence, Daria Papysheva.

It features a diverse program of high-caliber soloists and Royal Academy of Music scholars, performing music by Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1st-russian-old-new-year-festival-curated-by-daria-papysheva-tickets-240545968467 for tickets, which include a live stream link for people who need to self-isolate.

Tickets will also be available at the door for discounts of £ 16.50 or £ 12.

Go Wassailing in the Hainaut forest

Or: Forêt du Hainaut / Chemin Fox Burrow, Chigwell IG7 4QL
When: Saturday January 15 / 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take part in this Wassail festival, an ancient English tradition held to celebrate orchards, awaken fruit trees and encourage a good future harvest.

You can expect carols, a tree maintenance workshop, arts and crafts activities for the kids, a Wassail parade, hot apple juice and cider, and tarts.

Admission and some events are free, but some workshops require advance reservation.

Visit https://visionrcl.org.uk/event/hainault-forest-wassail-festival/ for a full program and to book.

Take a barking landmarks walking tour

Or: Barking station / Parade station, IG11 8ED
When: Sunday January 16/3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Run by Street Space and the City Council, this walking tour begins and ends at Barking Station, visiting downtown highlights along the way.

It will focus on why the station is becoming more and more important for Barking, how and why it is an important gateway to the borough and its central role in creating connections with local monuments.

The tour will explore the old and new Barking, upcoming changes to the region, and the importance of access and proximity to this transportation hub.

The promenade is part of Activation Station, a project that aims to explore perceptions of security around Barking Station and come up with creative ideas to make the area safer.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-tour-of-barking-landmarks-activation-station-tickets-238432858097 for more information and to register.

Learn about the history of Gray Towers during WWI

Or: Havering Museum / 19-21 High Street, Romford RM1 1JU
When: Saturday January 15 / 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This talk by Brian Evans will explore the origins of the Gray Towers of WWI – the Hornchurch Mansion used as a New Zealand hospital during the war.

Hear stories of wounded soldiers, recovery, and today’s landmarks.

Tickets cost £ 5 including refreshments and must be pre-booked through the museum or through Eventbrite.

Visit www.haveringmuseum.org.uk/event/the-history-of-grey-towers-a-talk-by-brian-evans/ for more information.

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