Fancy fish on Friday? A Weekend BBQ? Or a meal deal to accompany live jazz?

It's summer so we want to give you the best of what the season brings....

FISH FRIDAY
On Friday 19 May, we're launch fish fridays with Slow Fire London so in addition to our normal menu we're serving up sustainably-caught fish from the seas of the South East.  Fish available midday-3pm & 5-8pm.

The menu will be dependent on the catch of the day (announced on our Facebook page) with each dish lovingly made for your enjoyment on our garden terrance by the River Lea.  To kick us off, on the menu -->  whole plaice, marsh sampshire & fennel salad with sauce vierge (£12) and FLT (fish, lettuce tomato!) bun and fries for £10!

WEEKEND BBQ
Slow Fire London do a mean BBQ.  It's not just the grill, they smoke things first....  It smells good, it tastes good and is washed down nicely with a pint or 2 of Korev, our Cornish larger by St Austell Brewery. Need we say more?

WED & THURS MEAL DEAL
Our Wednesday live jazz jam always brings a crowd because the music is fresh and everyone is welcome.  On Thursdays, we celebrate music, art and conversation.  Both nights are always a lot of fun but we want to offer something extra, so we're introducing a burger and fries deal for just £7.50!
 

Jon from 'Gardening for all' inspires us in how we can all be Gardeners!

New local community gardens group - Hackney WICKed Garden, the Grow Team, our customers and kids from our monthly after-school club have all been getting their hands dirty to learn new skills and knowledge about Spring time gardening to help us make the garden beautiful; more attractive to insects and grow more herbs.  We say a massive thanks to everyone!  All the plants are sourced from the community-based Garden Centre down the canal from us at 'Growing Concerns' - who sell lots of amazing garden goodies...so pop in next time you're near Victoria Park.

It started with kids making wildflower seedbombs to take home and planting Red Riding Tulips at their monthly after-school club;  then during a couple of free workshops, Jon from 'Gardens for All' and the community gardeners helped us and customers of Grow make hanging baskets, demonstrated how to recycle and upcycle materials for the garden and how to get seedlings going...

We've even got a sunflower competition - so come down to Grow to see whose sunflower grows the tallest and enjoy everyones effort in making the canal side garden a nice place to relax and be together!

Femme in London - Alok Vaid-Menon and Friends take the stage at Grow in Hackney Wick

On Sunday 26 February, we were thrilled to be joined by nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist, Alok Vaid-Menon for a night of poetry, comedy, and performance. On stage, we also welcomed Travis Alabanza & DJ Dae.

The audience were treated to powerful performances asking questions such as: What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? The whole event which left the audience touched, energised and inspired on a Sunday evening in February...

About Alok Vaid Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist. Alok has been invited to perform, speak, and facilitate at universities, conferences, and organizations across the world; their work has been featured in various outlets like HBO, MTV, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TEDx and more.

About Travis Alabanza
Travis Alabanza is a London based, Black, transfemme performance artist and writer. Their work combines live poetry, soundscapes, projection and theatrics to create work around their survival. Their 2015/16 show Stories of a Queer Brown Muddy Kid toured across the UK, selling out venues including the RVT & Housman's Bookstore. As well as being one of the 2016/17 Artist in Residences at the Tate, in the last year their work has been featured in Artsy, Manon, Wildabout - as well as performing in venues both locally and internationally. Alabanza is keen to create and discuss ways in which art can be used with queer youth, and their new show BURGERZ will be showing at Hackney Showroom in March.

About Dj Dae
Dj Dae is a Queer gender bending Pisces hailing from South East London by way of Nigeria and Cameroon. Blending all your favourite tracks with your soon to be favourite Afrobeat tracks until your bed calls your name louder than the music- When in doubt, look for them on the dancefloor

Alok Vaid-Menon

Fear of Fluffing start their 2017 residency at Grow with electronic meanderings

If you haven't experienced the Fear of Fluffing before, you must.  Every situation is unique but equally hypnotic.  With many guises, whether their on stage, on the road, canal side; they inhabit their surrounding and invite you to join the ride.

On Thursday 23 Feb, for the first event of their 2017 residency ay Grow, Reuben Sutherland and The Fear of Fluffling set up for some electrical meanderings, projections, performance and DJ set and it was a delight for the ears, eyes and mind...

With thanks to Timothy Brannan for the photography.

Launching our new partnership with neighbours, the 'Hackney Wick Boulder Project'

We're so excited about our new partnership with the Hackney Wick Boulder Project (HWBP), that we offer their members 10% off ALL food and drink, anytime they come to Grow. It's their official launch party tonight, so join them from at the wall from 6pm for fun at the climbing wall and then from 9pm come to Grow for drinks and dancing to old school rap, reggae, 80s, funk, house and everything in between as legendary DJ, Dominic Benjamin takes the decks….. Come thru and get in the groove!

On another night, why not double up... go climbing then come to our weekly live jazz jam on a Wednesday (7.30PM) or SoulFull Sunday Roast on Sunday (12-6PM) or anything in between. Remember 10% off all food and drink!! Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

About HWBP

This new bouldering wall is 1 min from Hackney Wick Overground. They love climbing, and climbing walls. Most of their adventures start with a chat "down the wall", and end in some wild and rocky place. Other passions are good music, good coffee and good cake! Theymay not be the biggest climbing wall. But they think you will agree that we punch above our weight! Find opening times, pricing and events on the HWPB website.

 

Art and music to support the Minesweeper Collective they lost their home to fire...

On 5 January 2017, the home of the Minesweeper Collective, a boat based in Deptford, sadly burned down. Thankfully no one was hurt but artists' work and studios were destroyed overnight.

Many of the Minesweeper Collective's artists have also performed at Grow over the past few years including artist and Butoh dancer, Mai Nguyen Tri, who organised this fundraiser to help support them. They are an amazingly creative bunch who now need to rebuild their project so thanks to everyone who came down to this event to show solidarity and support them. You can still donate online.

Performances included: Mai & Ampers&nd, The Dublo, Grassy Noel & Ape and on the decks was DJ Calculator.

A series of free informal talks about art, politics, permaculture...

In November and December 2016, together with Marie Brenneis we hosted an informal talk and discussion about Aesthetics, Politics, Economics, Globalisation, Capitalism and the Environment. These talks were free, open to all and existed to share information and experiences.  Some of the talks were also recorded and broadcasted by Wick Radio

8 Nov // Neoliberalism
One of Grow's co-founders Reuben Jacobs talked about 'Neoliberalism' so we all can gain a better understanding of how it affects global and local politics as well as your everyday life, through its domination of world economics.
LISTEN TO REUBEN'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

15 Nov // West to East London - historical geography
Jacob F-n, shared his experience and research as a historical geographer. He took us on a journey from West to East London as we learned how London's colonial past is still woven into the geography all around us today and the importance of looking into, and learning from, the past...
LISTEN TO JACOB'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

22 Nov // Bucky Fuller & the 60's Modernist movement
Stuart Glenday shared the story of American anti-establishment visionary and inventor of the geodesic dome, Richard Buckminster Fuller (AKA Bucky).  Also, Stuart's hand-made geodesic installations are hanging from Grow's ceiling so come anytime to enjoy their hypnotic qualities.
LISTEN TO STUART'S TALK ON WICK RADIO

29 Nov // Art & Censorship
Julia Farrington from Index on Censorship shared her experience of researching how law can and should play in supporting the arts (read more about her work, Art and the Law). We also discussed how censorship affects us all. This organisation is really important as it campaigns for, and defends, free expression worldwide.

6 Dec // Permaculture and the role of art
Hannah Gardiner shared her experience and knowledge of permaculture, sustainable living and the role of art within these areas. As Hannah said, it is generative subject... and we all pondered the questions raised and learned a lot from Hannah's research, all whilst her cartoonist friend illustrating the discusson as we went!

Mai @ Grow with music, art and performance

Another magical day of art, music and performance organised by friend and long-term supporter of Grow, the artist and dancer Mai Nguyen Tri. Click below to see photos and short films of this amazing event and we say a huge thanks to Mai for all she does to celebrate creativty and positivity with us and across Hackney Wick and thanks again also to all who participated.

On Halloween our beat, bop and blues night got devilishly dark....

Thanks to Hotdog Grrrl & The Sesame Buns [horrifying garage rock n roll], Bozo Zoo [spooky sax and double bass blues], The Dublo [backwater blues skinned to the bone], Molly’s Daggers [blues rock boogie from beyond the grave], Jonny Halifax & The Howling Truth [zombie blues preacher]. Thanks to Will of Edge Events Photography  for capturing the best bits!

Boiler Room broadcast live from Grow w/ Donna Leake, Khruangbin and Nu Guinea

Boiler Room came to Grow yesterday and with them came Donna Leake, Khruangbin and Nu Guinea. Their performances were watched live around the world.  It was an amazing night as you can see for yourself below by clicking the links below:

Nu Guinea at Grow with Boiler Room.

Khruangbin at Grow with Boiler Room

Donna Leake at Grow with Boiler Room.