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.

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.

Annual Grow Village Fete - cakes, games, plants for charity!

Back for it's 2nd year, the Grow Village Fete is about being together, having a good time and raising money for charity!

Raising funds for The Centre for Better Health, on sale we had freshly baked bread by one of their projects, the Bikery Bakery, amazing cakes donated by Hackney Wick locals, Canababes Food Co Ltd., and have-a-go village fete games! On sale, will also be plants from Growing Concerns, a community garden centre just down the canal on Wick Lane.

Slow Fire London will be putting on a BBQ with meat and veg options smoked in an old converted ambulance, served with crunchy slaws and punchy salads!

Expect the unexpected with DADA Night at Grow

Every Thursday at Grow@Grow we celebrate music, art, conversation and community and on Thursday 7 July, Marie Brenneis presents a night of DADA fun!  Expect the unexpected presented in a truly Hackney Wick DIY style.  If Marcel Duchamp were alive, he’d be here!

Featuring local artists:
Fear of Fluffing
Janis Sokolovskis
DJ sets from Dan DADA and Reuben Sutherland
Joel Smith
Pol McLennon
Urbororo
Customes are encouraged.