Pumpkin Lantern Show!

September 28, 2017

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October

We can’t believe that it’s almost time for pumpkin lanterns to return to the Garden for our annual show! We will have free pumpkin carving sessions on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October, with the big Pumpkin Lantern Show on the evening of Sunday 22 October. This will be followed by four days of free children’s holiday activities and nine days of ‘Pumpkin Light Up Nights’. All activities and events are free, but donations are welcome to help cover costs.  If you would like to volunteer on the pumpkin carving weekend, please email us at info@dalstongarden.org The Pumpkin Lantern Show is only ever as good as the volunteers who help make it all happen!

More details coming soon!


September 28, 2017


Sunday 8 October, 2-6pm

Following a launch at the 2016 London Design Festival – and happenings at the V&A, Tate Modern and #LDF17 – experimental utopia and nation state-of-mind ‘Brixtopia’ lands in Dalston during October, mixing art, protest and the Brixton Pound in a north of the river first.

Dalston’s Acqua7 gallery will host an exhibition — Brixtopia — featuring new works by artists ‘This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll’, #BodyPolitic and loulouroll and Brixtopia will also take over the Curve Garden on Sunday 8 October, for a day of empathy and activism.

Brixton community and environmental organisations will host talks and activities, and there will be music and performance, together with the fourth reading of the Brixtopian Manifesto.

A protest clothing customisation workshop will be run by #BodyPolitic.
Brixtopia @ Curve Garden line-up

— The fourth reading of the Brixtopian Manifesto
— Dress to Protest clothing customisation with BodyPolitic
— Poetry from the Chocolate Poetry Club (Brixton)
— Be loulouroll’s boyfriend
— Meet (and spend) the Brixton Pound
— Live music
— BRIXTON ♥︎ DALSTON DJ Soundclash

In a local currency first, visitors will be able to exchange their stale Sterling for Ziggys, as the Brixton Pound will be accepted at both the Curve Garden Bar on the 8th, and at Acqua7 for the duration of the exhibition.

Charlie Waterhouse from This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll said:

“Dalston is the perfect place to take Brixtopia, and the Brixton Pound. Like our corner of South London it’s welcoming and creative; unpretentious and diverse… The kind of place where nowt’s perfect enough to let you rest on your laurels.

Like Brixton, Dalston is the kind of place that knows it’s improved when it welcomes people from all backgrounds. Black or white, rich or poor; people from all facets of the gender spectrum. Arty, hard-working, marginalised; clever, misunderstood or attitudinal. The mad, bad, and sometimes quite dangerous to know – Dalston and Brixton has them all – they are tolerated, celebrated and cherished, and our communities are better for them.

We think it’s time for areas like ours to start acting a bit more like those big corporates, international brands and 1%ers. Time to start circumventing the definitions of borders.

That’s why we are taking the Brixton Pound’s message of community and resistance, and Brixtopia’s empathy and activism to Dalston. We’re opening an embassy, we’re twinning the towns; we are both Brixtopian communities.”

Exhibition details:
BRIXTOPIA: Acqua7, 7 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4AX
Friday 6 – Sunday 29 October 2017
Brixtopia @ Curve Garden: Sunday 8th October


Open House London Weekend

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September, 1-5pm One of our favourite annual events is back, opening up architectural places and spaces all over London for everyone to discover and explore. We will be giving talks about how the Curve Garden came to be here and our design and planting features. We will also be  discussing […]

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Sunday Session with Cliff St Lewis & the Rhythm Riders

Sunday 17 September, 5-6.30pm Tash ‘Terabyte’ Bonner of Vaaracity is back at the Garden with the second of his relaxed ‘Sunday Sessions’. As well as featuring up and coming singer songwriters, this session will also showcase ‘King Cliff and the Rhythm Riders’. Free, no need to book and everybody welcome

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Hackney Herbal Communi-TEA party

Thursday 14 September 2017, 5-8pm Join the brilliant Hackney Herbal in our Pineapple House, for a free end of summer community gathering celebrating herbs. Drop in to make your own herbal teas, learn how to grow your own herbs, and enjoy herb-inspired food and drink.

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Open East Radio special for Open House – Sacred Spaces

Saturday 16 September, 2-4pm Open East Radio is back with another radio discussion show live from the Garden. This month as part of ‘Open House London’, alongside tunes from regular DJ Newton Ace the topic of conversation is ‘Sacred Spaces’. What are the places that are special to us and why? What makes a place special? […]

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Sunday sessions with Tash ‘Terabyte’ Bonner

Sunday 3 September, 5-7.30pm

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Drums in the Garden

Thursday 31 August, 6-8pm The Sunny Fund is a charity that supports vulnerable young people, by offering bursaries that enable them to take part in positive activities such as dance, performance, cookery and sport. The Fund regularly supports Amberliegh,  an Islington based charity offering an integrated drumming, dance and music programme for children with a range […]

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Peace in the Streets Quilt Project

Saturdays 5 & 19 August & 2 September Hackney 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.  

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How time moves at different speeds…

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. […]

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Bank Holiday weekend opening times

Pull up a seat and relax at the Garden this bank holiday weekend – we’re open Saturday & Sunday as usual 11am – 10pm, with extended opening on Bank Holiday Monday until 10pm. Hope to see you here!

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