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Hair’s themes are as potent now as they ever were: gender equality, lgbtqia rights, race equality and the threat of being dragged into a war nobody wants a part in. The first words you hear come from the mouth of Donald Trump. So yes, it is definitely still relevant.

Producer Katy Lipson tells Zoe Paskett about the 50th anniversary production of Hair: The Musical and its legacy, and following in Sonia Friedman’s footsteps

The British Library is looking back through the archives with a new exhibition tracing the evolution of sound technology and the influence it has had on our lives

Andaz manages to retain an independent feel and avoids falling into the uniform aesthetic that many chains have

At Protein Studios in Shoreditch from October 10 to 15, the exhibition features the combined work of photographer Caroline Irby and journalist Veronique Mistiaen

A brand new festival celebrating the clitoris is coming to Stoke Newington this weekend, from Reel Rebels Radio

Oliver Dawe talks about the drag/cabaret one man play, created with Peter Clements, Hackney Showroom’s first full length show produced in-house

Shake-scene Shakespeare’s cue script The Merchant of Venice is almost as much of a surprise for the cast as for the audience - and it’s a thrill

Johnathan McGarrity talks to Zoe Paskett about his experience in The Merchant of Venice, changing careers and moving to Hackney

Oxjam Hackney Festival raises money for Oxfam with music acts throughout the day in London Fields this weekend

Rae Morris performs at Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday (September 28)

Simone Remoli’s teaches Zoe Paskett to make gnocchi at a pasta making workshop

The largest UK exhibition of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat​ opens at the Barbican

The club night at The Yard in Hackney Wick raises money and awareness for Abortion Support Network, who assist people from Ireland and Northern Ireland in traveling to access a safe and legal abortion

Darren Chetty is on a panel at Archway With Words with writers Kieran Yates and Wei Ming Kam

Climate change, grime and black masculinity, mobile phones, young adult fiction, short stories and more

His new album Gary Williams at the Movies is a combination of classics

The inaugural Clissold Park Craft Beer and Street Food Festival arrives this weekend.

The Cats of Cloudesley Square sees a group of felines go up against a property developer to save the church they live in

Veronica Thompson’s show, Fancy Chance Flight of Fancy, is showing on September 10 at 5pm

A new production project from In Place of War is bringing musicians from all over the world to form an electronic band together.

The idea of elbowing your way through the Notting Hill Carnival gives you the chills? Fear not, as Hackney and Islington offer plenty of choices to spend the Bank Holiday weekend away from the madding crowd.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Peña has toured the world with the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, now bringing his production of Flamencura back to Sadler’s Wells

Shabazi’s Body House (vers. III), is being performed at Rich Mix as part of the Certain Blacks Harlem Festival in September

As well as apple themed entertainment, the cider village will let you sample a variety of home-grown ciders

Chef James Cochran is set to launch a new restaurant in Angel Central Shopping Centre, following his success with James Cochran EC3 in the city.

Stour Space in Hackney Wick is calling for submissions from any women who want to share their voice

Conor McPherson’s script and direction expertly place Dylan’s music within the plot, an exploration of the racism, poverty and hopelessness of 1930s America

A new season of work from the National Youth Theatre (NYT) running throughout August comes to Hackney Wick’s Yard Theatre.

Zoe Paskett is pampered like a queen at The Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, trying out their new signature treatment

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