Sunday night is an unconventional time for partying, but then Hunga Munga is a pretty unconventional set up - 'make stuff, make friends, make a mess' is their motto; nostalgically nursery school- like, but with lots more booze.Tomorrow night is The Hunga Munga menagerie- an art and crafty celebration of all the best creatures-dress up, make up and win prizes. Animal inspired artists performing musical delights include Lucy and the caterpillars, and Gaby Young and other animals.£6 buys you entry and all the artistic materials you'll need to bond with other arty types whilst peeling gluey film off your fingers; priceless.
In fact, Hunga Munga has orchestrated a one-off weekend festival at Bethnal Green Working Men's club, dedicated to arts and crafts, live music including Nizlopi, comedy from the likes of Josie Long, raffles,knitting, scones and all other party essentials. You can buy £25 tickets for the whole weekend, 27th and 28th September or for either day separately- go to www.hungamunga.co.uk.
HM isn't the only festival bringing up the rear of the season, that same weekend East London will also be hosting Gold; a new music and arts event coinciding with the official launch of the cultural Olympiad.Highlights include Orange prize winner Linda Grant who'll be talking about fashion in literature, music from Turner Prize winner Martin Creed's band, tea and gay bingo with Jonny Woo, and a tour of Shoreditch street art from Time Out visual arts editor Ossian Ward. Dr Sketchy's anti- art club will be hosted by Dusty Limits, giving you the chance to draw burlesque dancer, Fancy Chance. I'm particularly excited about The Last Tuesday Society who'll be hanging out in the Town Hall crypt and promising tales, tears, ghosts and Punch and Judy....Get your early bird tickets for £15 now at www.gold08.co.uk, and keep the summer festival season going till the end of September; then we can start planning Halloween.