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Mambista Friday May 3rd

Friday 3rd May – Another fantastic Mambista night
Hot Summer Nights and fabulous grooves at The Portico Gallery!

With live music from The Gary Baldwin Quartet featuring Roger Beaujolais
Serious Hammond and vibes led Acid Jazz

Mambista 8pm – 1am with THE GARY BALDWIN QUARTET

Plus! DJ Gerry Lyseight spins his superior selection of Latin, African and Jazz

Click the button above to pay £8 in advance – it’s £10 on the door.

The next Mambista is on June 7th

FB: Mambista Twitter: mambista1 The Portico Gallery, 23a Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS. Tel: 020 8761 7612

Further, September 15th

Further returns to its spiritual home at the Portico Gallery for another night of Light, Sound & Design.

Markey Funk flys in from Jerusalem to present his take on the heavy fuzz and psych sounds coming from his Delights label.

DJ Food brings his AV ode to Boards of Canada – O Is For Orange – to the big screens with exclusive visual extras.

The Karminsky Experience Inc. grace the decks with their selection of swinging library, soundtrack and beatnik grooves.

And just when you think you’ve heard it all, Pete WIlliams pulls out those special audio treats he’s been hoarding for just this occasion, all accompanied by the sensory overload of the Further slide, oil and video projections.

Delicious food will be available from Pimento ’62 Catering and a fully licensed bar.

Mambista October

The next Mambista on October 23rd marks our first birthday!!!
In the last year we’ve hosted some amazing bands; I’ve played lashings of luscious tunes; we’ve reconnected with old friends and made lots of new ones – so for our big day we have booked a big band. Here To Havana is an Afro Cuban orquesta and they will be aiming to rock you like your back ain’t got no bone, with their crackling Rhythm and Sharp Style, playing contemporary renditions of Latin and Afro Cuban classics – Son, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha and boogaloo –  from the likes of Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Chucho Valdez, Cachao and Cal Tjader. Expect Mambista Partay Plus.
We loosen up with Newton’s salsa dance class at 7 (beginners welcome).
Advance tix £6:£8 on the door (both prices include the dance class)


Lambeth Open – 7th & 8th Oct 2017

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017, Artists and Makers will be exhibiting their work to the public via the Lambeth Open. And
The Portico Gallery will be hosting this fabulous event as the main venue in West Norwood.

And as a bonus, Sunday 8th October will also be FEAST day in West Norwood – so even more reason to visit to The Portico Gallery and discover the creative talents living and working in our neighbourhood.
Sat 7th and Sun 8th October – 10am-6pm
Admission FREE
Licensed bar


Charity Auction
As part of the Lambeth Open event at Portico we will be holding a charity auction.  We have invited a variety of local artists to produce a small artwork for sale in the auction to try and raise in excess of £800 for our local Mental Health Charity, Southside Rehabilitation Association (SRA).

Members of the public can bid for and buy a canvas(ses) of their choice and all proceeds will go to SRA.

As a continuum of inter-community support, SRA will be offering some of the funds raised from the auction towards our up-coming SHOWN/UNSHOWN exhibition.

SHOWN/UNSHOWN – will run from Fri 9th-Fri 16th October and will exhibit work produced by members of the community for their own therapeutic and personal artistic expression.


For more details of any of the above information, please contact
The Portico Gallery on 0208 761 7612 or email us at:

Mambista Jan 2015

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Friday 23 January with your post-Xmas, pre-Brazil Carnaval, Samba and Pagode Party featuring Grupo So Kem Eh, live on stage.


Whether you’ve already been Mambista’d, or plan to give it a go when the stars are perfectly aligned, we hope you had the most festive of festive seasons.

The first two Mambista sessions have been big fun, and much more is planned for the fourth Friday of the month in the warm embrace of the Portico Gallery.

We’re back on Friday 23 January with your post-Xmas, pre-Brazil Carnaval, Samba and Pagode Party featuring Grupo So Kem Eh, live on stage.

And, we’ll be going on midnight, which will be our new finishing time for 2015. Three thousand six hundred seconds extra Mambista for a piffling quid pro quo of one extra of your English pounds!

So: £6, in advance from; £8 for the salsa dance class at 7pm (includes free entry to Mambista at 8pm); £8 on the door for Mambista, now through until midnight.


Art Installation


From December 5th The Portico Gallery will be exhibiting a string installation in the main hall by Louisa Loizeau.

A word from the artist:

“My pieces are influenced by the surrounding architecture; therefore I have generally tried to findas varied and unusual locations as possible. I am interested in the effect that light and location have on the material and the effect that the material has on light and location. I employ string as a medium because of its delicacy. It allows me to make work that takes of an ephemeral and transient quality that reflects the space in which it is situated. The work can appear solid but in fact it is the transparency that allows me to make pieces on a grand scale without them ever dominating or imposing. ”


The gallery will be open to the public for viewing of this new art installation from Tuesday to Thursday 10am-5pm from December the 5th and late viewing on Thursday until 9pm.




Friday 24th October

19.00 – 23.00With Son Caribe Trio

Playing funky, Cuban roots rhythms
DJ: Gerry Lyseight
(Mambo Inn, Mango Landin’, Planet Mambo / BBC London 94.9)
Spinning a superior selection of Latin, African and Jazz from far and wide.

Mambista is a new monthly live music and dj night at the Portico Gallery.

Every 4th Friday of the month will feature bands representing the 21st century’s global village and dj gerry lyseight aiming to nice up the dance floor.

Advance tickets, buy them by clicking here.

Contact: 020 8761 7612

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Doors: 19.00 – 23.00
Salsa class: 19.00-20.00
Mambista in session: 20.00 – 23.00
Fantastic Food, bodacious bar and all round niceness guaranteed

On The Night: £7
Advance tickets: £5 from
Salsa class: £7 (includes free club entry)

Mambista: on the 4th Friday of the month onwards …
Next session: Friday November 28 with live music from Adam Glasser Quartet – South African Jazz and beyond

Keepin’ it local!!

Transport: West Norwood BR, Buses: N2, 2, 68, N68, X68, 196, 315, 432, 468, 690

Wake up to West Norwood

Our Happening has happened!

Update 5th August:

Well we had a fantastic day here on Sunday. Thank you all so much for making it such a great day.

We will leave this page up  for a few more days as a big thank you to all the people who made it happen. West Norwood is a fantastic village in london and it’s the people that make it what it is.

Update 30th July:

We’ve sent emails out yesterday to many more people who should get involve. Our art, ceramics and yoga teachers will all be here throughout the day to sign you up and get your creative juices flowing. Also we’ve been thinking for some time about ‘film’ here and are keen to hear you ideas about films you’d like to see here in West Norwood.

Our Artist in residence will open up the strange room in the corner, an on going evolving performance piece that attempts to recreate the offices of a shadowy fictional organisation known as the C.R.O.S. this will be from 2pm. Our artist in residence has had films shown in london  this year and is working on a feature film.

ALSO the Portico singers will be performing live throughout the day  and we might even get some other live music. And yet more, been to our Music Hall evening yet? no? oh well come along on sunday and watch some great footage of previous performances…. showing throughout the day.

But wait… what actually is it? Well, friends, it is a gathering of people in a place that is quite close to the geographical centre of West Norwood. This fact, no doubt, could be argued over, but  no good would come of that… Indeed arguing is never an ideal solution.

The happening (it started life as a symposium but evolved) will bring together a diverse cross section of our fair North Wood in the hills. Beer? …well yes, as we now have a licence you may be able to buy a beer, but that really isn’t the point.

The point is this. We will attempt to bring people together to meet the other people involved in all the different things that ‘Happen’ in West Norwood. Our lovely new leisure centre has opened up today – a cause for great celebration indeed!

So people, artists, film buffs, musicians, cake making bakers and Open Works members: let’s get together and … HAPPEN!

Wake up to West Norwood!

Come along on Sunday August 3rd (FEAST day)

to find out more about your local charities, community groups and artists.
There will be visual presentations in the gallery, stalls of local makers and suppliers, talks and Q&A sessions from various individuals and representatives of groups including:

Cultural Groups.

Faith Groups.

Youth Groups.

Health and Leisure.




and so many utter fantastical wonders you really really should not miss it!

We will be launching our Festival which is taking part here to coincide with the Lambeth Heritage festival and will begin on Friday 5 September with the film Paths of Glory.


The talks will be held every half hour between 11am and 3pm and will last no more than five minutes each.

The gallery now has a licensed bar selling locally brewed beer and snacks, wine and soft drinks.


This will be a great opportunity to learn more about your local area, promote your business or organisation, and discover a new passion!

For more information please call us:

020 8761 7612


And below, for your viewing pleasure, is a small slide show of pictures taken in the building over the last few months, can you see yourself in any of them?

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