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Bishopsgate Ballroom Ball 2017

Join us for a special occasion, an addition to the regular calendar. Dress up, find a partner and dance the night away. This year’s extravaganza features live music from Down for the Count, returning after their triumph in 2014 and 2016, as well as music all night from regular host DJ Nick Miles (Star Dance Club, Ballroom Blitz, Royal Festival Hall).
Friday 20 October
7:00 PM

Display - UK Leather Archive

Leather sub-culture has always be an important part of the hidden history of LGBTQ cultures and lifestyles. Explore the collection of publications, ephemera and artefacts that form part of the UK Leather Archive at this free ‘drop-in’ display. With short talks across the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to hear more about the history and heritage of the Gay/Bi leather, rubber and fetish communities. 
Saturday 21 October
2:00 PM

Bishopsgate Swing 22 October 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and Lindy Hop away at Bishopsgate Swing, a social dance for dancers of all levels. Take the beginner taster class at the start of the night and then enjoy the sounds of the vintage DJs and guest live band You don't need to bring a partner. You can wear whatever you like. The event is open to everyone from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Sunday 22 October
6:30 PM

Sister Solidarity: Women’s and Feminist History 1970 to Today

Join us for an evening exploring women’s history as shown in the archives of Bishopsgate Institute at this free pop-up display. Find out more about grassroots protests, everyday women's lives, and the campaigns that have motivated women from the second wave of feminism in the 1970s to today.
Wednesday 25 October
6:30 PM

The Pink Jukebox

From September to December 2017 Bishopsgate Institute is delighted to welcome The Pink Jukebox, a Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends. With classes followed by social dancing, these events are open to dancers of all levels, from absolute beginners to the more experienced.
Sunday 29 October
2:00 PM

The Untold Story of Sandys Row, the Dutch Shul in Spitalfields

Writer and social historian Rachel Lichtenstein discusses the story of London’s oldest functioning Ashkenazi synagogue, situated in the heart of the former Jewish East End. This illustrated talk uncovers stories of the Dutch community who founded the building in the mid nineteenth century and their descendants who still worship in the building today.
Wednesday 01 November
7:00 PM

Swing Den - 3 Nov 2017

Swing Den on Friday 3 November has been cancelled due to the addition of the special event 'Swing Spectacular: Naomi and Her Handsome Devils' on this date.
Friday 03 November
7:00 PM

Swing Spectacular: Naomi and her Handsome Devils

Naomi and her Handsome Devils are in London for one night only! With live performances from the band throughout the night, as well as vintage DJs, this social dance for dancers of all levels will be a very special opportunity to Lindy Hop the night away.
Friday 03 November
7:00 PM

The Russian Revolution: What Happened and Why

There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. One saw the abdication of a centuries-old dynasty, the other a seizure of power by one faction of a resistance movement many decades in the making. Karl Marx was specific that the proletarian revolution could never happen in Russia, but Lenin had other ideas...
Wednesday 08 November
7:00 PM

The Pink Jukebox

From September to December 2017 Bishopsgate Institute is delighted to welcome The Pink Jukebox, a Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends. With classes followed by social dancing, these events are open to dancers of all levels, from absolute beginners to the more experienced.
Sunday 12 November
2:00 PM