WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: 20th – 26th April

A post Record Store Day record fayre, jazz, African dance music and Jack and the Beanstalk – we dare you to find a more diverse week of events!


Thursday 23rd April – 10am – 12.30pm

The Art of The Short Story

Workshop practitioner: Giovanna Iozzi.

Short stories offer the reader tantalising miniature worlds; if crafted with skill and emotional truth they can have the power and resonance of novels. In these workshops we will be studying extracts from some of the great short story writers, from Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield to contemporary voices like Alice Munro, George Saunders and Kevin Barry. Inspired by writing exercise and what we read we’ll start crafting our own stories, focusing on: beginnings and endings, story arc and structure, point of view, dialogue and characterisation. Students will leave the course with a completed story, anything up to 5000 words.




Thursday 23rd April – 7pm – £8

Jazz at Karamel: Trogon

Nick Smart (leader, trumpet), Kishon Khan (piano), Chris Montague (guitar), Denny
“Jimmy” Martinez (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums), Javier Ginarte (percussion)
Named after the national bird of Cuba, Trogon makes full use of the cultural breadth of
London’s rich musical landscape. Led by trumpeter, Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at the Royal
Academy of Music, the group’s exciting mix of musical backgrounds is enriched by the
propulsive rhythmic traditions of Afro-Cuban music and the rich harmonies of
contemporary jazz. www.nicksmart.co.uk

Book your tickets here.


Friday 24th April – 1pm – FREE

Live Lunchtime Music

Aldwin Johnson performs a soulful, Ibiza style chill out set every Friday lunchtime from 1pm.




Friday 24th April – 7pm – FREE


A monthly night of African dance music run by DJ & Producer Guy Morley, the founder and Director of No Nation. Having worked for over 10 years as a promoter and programmer at national venues including The Brighton Dome & Festival, Band in the Wall (Manchester), and The Big Chill Festival, Guy has booked some of the biggest musical talents on the planet including Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen. Recognised as a specialist in African music he has researched and written extensively on East Africa for the British Council. He co-hosts the long-running radio show AfroBase for totallyradio, the UK’s longest running internet radio station, and has recorded and produced music across Africa and the UK. He is currently working with Grace Jones on her new Afrobeat-influenced album. Guy and guest DJs will be spinning the very best in African music. Last Friday of the month. FREE entry.

DJs playing from 9pm – 2am



Saturday 25th April – 11am – FREE

Karamel Kids: Wizard Loon’s Jack and the Beanstalk


Saturday 25th April – 11am – FREE

Dave and Mario Record Fayre



Saturday 25th April – 7pm – FREE

Society of Imaginary Friends Soiree

“Society of Imaginary Friends are, quite frankly, something completely different”, says Tasty fanzine, and “a glorious mix of orchestral sounding folk melodrama” adds The Sun. Fronted by composer Alfie Thomas and opera diva Louise Kleboe, the band have a monthly residency at Kabaret. “We try to avoid the rock / pop ghettos whenever possible, and prefer to play unusual venues and sites, creating an atmosphere of our own when we play. Hence our Secret Soirees….”. These infamous nights have become renowned for up-close, intimate guest appearances from acts who could fill the Barbican. These have included William D. Drake of The Cardiacs, Eddie Tenpole Tudor, The Brodsky Quartet, and virtuoso Violinist Mike Thomas. A cornucopia of creative talent including bands, poets, comedians, DJs and award-winning filmmakers, the night weaves a spell … a magical experience.

Last Saturday of the month.

FREE entry.



Sunday 19th April – 7pm – FREE

Reggae Sunday Sessions with DJ and Live Act