Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 August

ofioWe’ve worked with  S+K Project at Dalston Curve Garden for the last 2 years, so we are delighted to see them back here for their third summer, this time with an exciting Dalston multi-venue line-up for two days of SKFEST.

Jamii means ‘community’ so it’s great news that for SKFEST they have been invited to bring their first pop up market to the Dalston Curve Garden on Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 August, 12-8pm. Here’s how Jamii describe what they do:

Jamii is a discount card for black-owned businesses, where you can save on everything from your favourite hair products to stunning and empowering artwork.

We’re a platform designed to get you into the habit of thinking about the incredible businesses within the community whenever you shop. We have amazing entrepreneurial talent, and we want to see these businesses grow and grow.

So stop by the Curve Garden from noon on both days to shop with an array of Jamii businesses.

SKFEST is also bringing a performance of ‘Boys’ to the Garden on Wednesday 23 August, an adaptation of William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’, with all BAME male cast.

For more information and to book tickets for BOYS and all the other SKFEST events, go to

Wednesday 23 August, 7.30 for 8pm.

BOYS promo image

We’ve worked with  S+K Project at Dalston Curve Garden for the last 2 years so we are delighted to see them back here for their third summer, this time as part of an exciting multi-venue line-up for SKFEST.

BOYS is an adaptation of Lord of the Flies, a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding. With an all BAME male cast, the play is a dark examination of what happens when a group of young men are stranded on an island and try to govern themselves. The play explores the themes of politics, morality, gender and identity, viewing Golding’s writing through a contemporary lense for today’s audiences. BOYS is produced by The S+K Project, directed by Steven Kavuma.

Steven Kavuma co-founded The S+K Project with Malakai Sargeant in September 2014 after being frustrated about the lack of representation and inclusivity in the arts industry. Since then, he has gone on to work extensively to change the face of theatre in the UK, and has worked with organisations such as Act for Change, Talawa and Black Theatre Live to lobby theatres to be more representative on and off stage. His passion for this is poured into the project he founded, The Diversity School Initiative, a campaign to work with drama schools to enhance the number of BAME, disabled, working class, LGBTQ+ and gender queer people enrolling in courses. Outside of his activism, Steven also writes and directs plays, studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and moans about Liverpool FC’s consistently poor performance.

Ticket for BOYS are £8 and £5 for under 25s and can be bought at Billetto  All proceeds go to S+K Project


Saturdays 5 & 19 August & 2 September

peace quilt docHackney young people aged 11-19, can join in this new art project over 3 Saturdays at the Garden & at Hackney Museum, culminating in a Peace Quilt for public display.


FullSizeRender (1)If you are in the Garden on a Monday or Tuesday in August, you might come across Hackney artist Charlotte Williams-Foster who is making the Curve Garden her ‘studio’ for the month of August.

I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to work in this place that is at once so vibrant and so peaceful. My practice is based in drawing, although sometimes this means using string or film to sketch out an idea. I am interested in how past time might be active in the present, as well as how time moves at different speeds – the fast time of the traffic on Dalston Lane against the slow time of a plant’s sprouting growth. I will be making drawings in the garden, exploring connections between this place and the history of the site. My work in the garden is part of a project that will culminate in an exhibition at A Side B Side Gallery in February 2018.”

Relax and unwind with ‘Take a Pause’ evening

Wednesday 26 March, 6-8.30pm Join City & Hackney MIND for a free event at the Curve Garden to ‘Take a Pause’, learn some great self-care techniques, and unwind with live music. Along with music there will be food and the opportunity to experience first-hand the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness and other self-care techniques. Relax with free […]

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The Boiler House Singers Summer Concert

Sunday 25 June, 5-7pm

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Summer song & dance & for children

Wednesday 28 June, 11am Grab a beanbag at the bottom of the Garden and prepare to have fun with ‘Mrs H and the Singalong band who will be here to entertain young children and their families. This event is free but donations are most welcome for Mrs H & her Singalong Band!  

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LonDONE – Return to Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday 28 June, 7-9m Four electrifying Trinidad and Tobago spoken word poets presenting some of their work as well as work created in London. Included in the lineup are multiple National (TT) Slam Finalists Derron Sandy and Idrees Saleem (2014 National Chmpion). The poets are from The 2 Cents Movement, the leading organisation for spoken […]

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Volunteer to help look after the Garden

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Open Garden Squares Weekend

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June This weekend sees the return of a highlight of the annual gardening calendar, with the opening up of hundreds of private, secret and little-known gardens across London for ‘Open Garden Squares Weekend’. Visitors can explore private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, gardens on barges, and in schools. The Curve Garden is […]

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Dalston Children’s Festival – Dalston Flower Show for Children

Saturday 27 May, 1-5pm Dalston Children’s Festival is back this year on Saturdays 27 May & 3 June, with activities happening in places and spaces all over the neighbourhood. Children can come along to the Curve Garden 1-5pm on Saturday 27 May for the Dalston Flower Show for Children, to make pizzas in the wood-fired […]

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