1. Arts Trails & Leyton’s Terrace Gallery are back
The awesome Leytonstone Arts Trail returns (read about the last one in 2019), this year with a more relaxed way of displaying exhibition locations via Google map. Dates are 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th July, and if you’re an artist, find a venue by asking any business in Leyton and Leytonstone if you can show there. More info @leytonstonearts. And just up the road, the equally fine E17 Art Trail is back from 1st to 18th July, info @e17arttrail.
Also worth catching is the Terrace Gallery in Leyton, reopening 1st July and part of both trails. ‘Studio Confetti’ will be a large show of small paintings curated by Terrace founder Karl Bielik: originally located in Hackney, the Terrace is now in the back room at the William the Fourth pub, 816 Leyton High Road E10. Follow @terrace_gallery, @williamthefourthpub
2. Forest Gayte Pride
Another essential date for the diary is Saturday 14th August: as well as the main E7 one-dayer, Forest Gayte Pride (main pic, above) is also planning a series of “safe and secure” events between 13th-15th August, working with local venues and some of “East London’s most influential queers” to bring a celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture to Newham. Expect talks, performances and events both online and in Covid-secure venues, accessible for everyone. Also keep an eye out for fundraising events in the run up to Pride, hashtag #fgpride21. And they want to hear from you about what you want to see and experience so DM them: @forestgaytepride
3. A Summer of Host
The pop-ups at the Leyton Midland venue are gathering pace as the season warms up (we hope). Happening right now is @eastcurates, who last year steered five weekends here, despite you-know-what. Their Vintage Pop-up runs all weekend until Sunday 16th May, with brands local to East London offering clothing, kidswear and homeware. Next week it’s the turn of Leyton’s packaging-free Top Up Shop @topupshopldn (Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May), while subsequent residencies see everything from @LKT_London’s rugs, poufs and cushions (16th-20th June) to curated art and furniture courtesy of @Monument_Store (7th-10th July). Follow @thisishost for the latest, 658 High Road E10.
4. And finally, Francis Road Jumble Trail and Street Party
We covered this pair already in our preview a few weeks ago here. But just to remind you that first up is the Francis Road Community Jumble Trail on Sunday 30th May, followed by the rowdier Francis Road Street Party on July 4th (both 11am-3pm), with live music, stalls, tombola and more. Keep an eye on local FB pages for more on both. See you when the sun finally shows its face.
Main image: thanks to London LGBT+ Forum