Join us for an evening with Didi Gold; a classical guitarist, singer-songwriter and arranger.

Saturday 20 November

7.30pm start

Ticket price: £10 including welcome drink

Venue: OPEN Ealing Arts Centre, Unit 14 School Lane, Dickens Yard, Ealing W5 2TD


Loose yourself in the arts with performances from dancers and poets before welcoming Didi to the stage in her first concert for many years. We are in for a treat as she is premiering an arrangement of a well-known theme for classical guitar. So, come and relax with us and enjoy an evening with Didi on Saturday 20 November.

You can listen to Didi’s music on her YouTube channel. These are three pieces which Didi has picked for our enjoyment. Why not treat yourself and have a few minutes of “me time”?

About Didi

Didi Gold trained as a classical guitarist from an early age and performed widely during her 20’s & 30’s. She earned a masters in choral conducting, composition, and arranging and graduated from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Israel with B.Mus. degree. In her 30’s Didi realised her dream to inspire singers and choirs. Through working with both she was able to pass on her knowledge and aspirations whilst putting them on the stage.

If you would like to contact Didi, please email her :

The European Poetry Festival bursts back into live life with 7 events in 10 days in venues across London. Over 25 poets from across the continent come to the UK to collaborate and perform with British and Britain-based writers. Celebrating poetry across styles and languages, and pushing innovation, this is a welcome chance to see poets from beyond the UK presenting new works, made for the festival. 

OPEN is one of the festival venues. Please join us for a celebration of Norwegian Poetry. Visiting contemporary Norwegian poets present brand new performance collaborations with British-based counterparts.

Tuesday 23 November


Free entry

Venue: OPEN Ealing Unit 14 School Lane Dickens Yard Ealing W5 2TD


As well as a celebration of a new generation of Norwegian poets and their work this event is also a unique showcase of collaboration. We’ll be able to enjoy poetry performance across languages, styles and cultures.

These are the performance collaboration created by the organisers:

Endre Ruset & Harry Man
Bjørn Vatne & Richard Marshall
Jon Ståle Ritland & JT Welsch
Maren Nygård & Susie Campbell
Silje Ree & Maria Celina Val

Plus solo and collaborative readings from many more poets to be announced, including
Chris McCabe, Tamar Yoseloff and Alison Gill, Chris Kerr and more

Harry Man and Endre Ruset have written a book of poems in memory of the attacks in Norway in 2011. They will launch their anthology Utøya Thereafter : Poems in Memory of the 2011 Norway Attacks during this event. You can purchase a copy from Hercules Editions by clicking on this link

Other events already confirmed

You can find out more information about all the events and poets who are performing by clicking on the links

Swiss Poetry at Rich Mix, London : Saturday 20 November

Norwegian Poetry at OPEN Ealing : Tuesday 23 November

Swedish Poetry at Town House, Kingston University : Thursday 25 November

Slovenian Poetry at Iklectik Artlab, London : Saturday 27 November

Latvian Poetry at Goethe Institut : Monday 29 November

Austrian Poetry at Austrian Cultural Forum, London : Tuesday 30 November

The organisers plan to add more events and will announce more poets too. Keep checking their website for news updates.

It’s free to attend any European Poetry Festival event. We look forward to welcoming you to OPEN.

Please reserve your seat early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a great event.

Poetics Poetry takes over OPEN once a month with a wonderful evening of spoken word.

Friday 29 October

7 – 10pm

Tickets: Early bird = £5; Online = £8.50; On the Door = £10

To book your seat; click on this link

Venue: OPEN Ealing Arts Centre Unit 14 School Lane Dickens Yard W5 2TD


Join us for a Halloween special and wear fancy dress! Simon J Keenan and friends will thrill and entertain us with spooky themed spoken word. We’ve some open mic slots available too, so come along and put your name down on the door.

Poetics normally perform in a barn at “The Farm” in London which is too cold for their performances in Winter. For the next six months Poetics Poetry takes over OPEN once a month.

Join us for their first performance featuring Simon J Keenan and special guests Reya Saint and Chidi3.

Please book early to avoid missing a great evening out.

If you have never been to OPEN before, when you get to Dickens Yard, we are the same end as the Church, Gail’s Bakery and Brew Dog. School Lane is the “walk way” to the left of Bar #17 which looks like it is going to flats. We are along there on the left. If you reach Gym Box – you’ve just missed us!

Join us for a one day workshop screen printing Christmas cards led by Daniel Haskett. During the workshop you’ll learn the basics of screen printing and create your own limited edition Christmas and greetings cards.

Saturday 13 November

1 – 7pm

Workshop Fee: Full price: £90; Retiree Price £75; Concession Price £60 (includes materials and light refreshments)

Venue: OPEN Ealing Arts Centre Unit 14 School Lane Dickens Yard W5 2TD

This workshop is limited to 10 people

Learn the basics of screen printing using paper stencils, while creating a limited edition run of 2-colour Christmas cards to send to your friends and family. Daniel will teach you the basics of screen printing from preparing a paper stencil through to the finished print on paper.

No matter what experience you have, you will be able to join this workshop and learn all you need to know about No matter what experience you have, you will be able to join this workshop and learn all you need to know about screen printing multiple colours on paper

Materials Required for the workshop

We shall provide the following materials for the workshop:

  • White, Green, Red and Black Card in A4 size
  • White card in A5 size
  • Buff coloured envelopes
  • Paper for cutting the stencils
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Screens for printing
  • Printing stations
  • Squeegees
  • Metallic inks
  • Disposables gloves and aprons

You might like to bring

  • your own apron and gloves
  • different coloured card and envelopes

If you have never been to OPEN before, when you get to Dickens Yard, we are the same end as the Church, Gail’s Bakery and Brew Dog. School Lane is the “walk way” to the left of Bar #17 which looks like it is going to flats. We are along there on the left. If you reach Gym Box – you’ve just missed us!

About the Tutor

Born and raised in London, Daniel studied Illustration and Animation in Bristol; followed by an MA in Visual Storytelling in Stockholm. He became a professional illustrator and print maker and is based in Berlin.

He has exhibited in London, Berlin and Stockholm and has collaborated with several interesting partners; including the NHS as part of the Nightingale project.

He is currently available for freelance projects – one of which you can see on a garage door in Hanwell!

For more information about Daniel and his work please

visit his website

follow him on instagram

Join Nick Pearson and explore three great artists whose work is on show in the Great Room at The Courtauld. Nick brings to life Manet, Monet and Gauguin and their works which form part of the magnificent Courtauld collection.


1 – 15 November

2 – 4pm

£10 per person

The Courtauld Gallery is a leading London gallery particularly known for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The collection contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints. The gallery closed in 2018 for a major redevelopment and is due to reopen in November 2021. As part of the renovation, they have restored the Great Room to its original proportions and scale.

In this series of art appreciation lectures you explore three great artists whose work is exhibited in the Great Room. You can join us in person at Dickens Yard, or online via Zoom.

First Lecture – 1 November

Edouard Manet is a key figure in the French Realism movement. The Gallery considers his work A Bar at the Folies-Bergere to be one of their major highlights. Nick also discusses other major works including Le dejeuner sur l’herbe which hangs at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Courtauld has a later, smaller version of this famous painting.

Second Lecture – 8 November

Impressionist Claude Monet is also featured in the Great Room. Nick talks about several important works including Autumn Effect at Argenteuil and Antibes which are both in the Courtauld collection. Monet painted Autumn Effect at Argenteuil in 1873 which was a year before the first Impressionist exhibition. He painted Antibes in 1893 when he travelled to the south of France to take advantage of the light.

Third Lecture – 15 November

The Courtauld’s extraordinary collection of post-impressionism artwork includes Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore and Te Reoia (The Dream). He painted both pieces in 1897. Gauguin experimented boldly with colour and his methods led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art; while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to explore three great artists before going to see their work when the Courtauld reopens in November.

About the Tutor

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

The Sloven by Stefan Grabinski is a classic horror story. It comes from his book of short stories about railway travel. A Wonderful Adventure has adapted this story into a spooky play especially for the whole family.

Saturday 30 October

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

Blazek Boron has been a train conductor for many, many years. He has become jaded with passengers making his life difficult. One night, while training a new conductor, Blazek notices an old familiar smell, like fennel. He knows this smell all too well. It signals the imminent arrival of the Sloven: the train monster made up of lost things left behind by passengers, and disaster always follows in its wake!

Can Blazek convince his young recruit of the imminent danger before it is too late, and will the nervous passengers complicate matters further? What does the train monster want and can it be stopped in time? Join us for this wonderful adventure on the railway!

Fun for the whole family The Sloven by Stefan Grabinski is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.