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Past Wave Café Events
Past Wave Café Events

June | Wave Cafe Futures Project

June 4th, 11th & 18th | The Birchwood Centre

Wave Café and MELA social enterprises teamed up to bring together a mix of community influencers, café entrepreneurs, artists, and local residents to help us think big about our ideal community space.


MELA Social Enterprise is a community cohesion organisation that creatively co-designs spaces. MELA’s expertise is in engaging with culturally diverse communities in new ways to empower change, leadership, and collaboration in the co-design of public spaces (


Over three evenings in June - 4th, 11th and 18th - workshops were held to explore a different options - pop up, a shared space and a permanent space - as to what this co-designed space might look like. Our participants came together and through a process of conversation, sharing ideas and creative expression were able to explore possibilities and draw up ideas for the future of Wave Cafe and what that could look like. The concepts will then be developed into a professional design brief and along with the designs be shown in an exhibition in September. To get the most out of the events, Wave Cafe recruited over 30 local people with a range of different skills and experiences.

June | Inclusive Creative Workshop - 3D Frames

June 14th | The Birchwood Centre, Muswell Hill

Our 3D frame making event was a great success!

Leona Matuszczak from Artists Resource came to show a group of eager artist how to make 3D frames.

The evening was full of laughter, conversations between friends, old and new, and lots of creativity and imagination. A big shout out to all the bakers from our local community for making scrumptious cupcakes and cakes. Thank you!! All our guests found their creative juices making some amazingly colourful frames.


One of our guests said, "Another amazing art session at the WAVE (We are all valued equally) cafe! People of all abilities creating lovely frames together... My art was a ‘joint venture’ last night! We all had such a laugh!"


"This is an incredible evening! It is such good value for money because you not only provide great artists, but also all of the art materials and such delicious cakes!" commented another guest. 


"Such fun and a simple creative activity that anyone can get involved in. It was very relaxing and fun. I was able to meet so many new people. I think more people should hear about this and come," another happy guest. 

Past Wave Café Events

May | Inclusive Creative Workshop  - Watercolour


May 17th | The Birchwood Centre, Muswell Hill

Wave Creative Cafe first trial event was a massive success. The event brought together people with and without learning difficulties from the local community to enjoy a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, home-made cakes and watercolour workshop led by a local artist. 

Here are few highlights as summarised by the event guests:

"It's amazing having people of all ages and abilities doing something fun and creative together."


"The atmosphere in the room is so warm and welcoming".


"This has been a highlight in an otherwise difficult week."


"I'd definitely come back to something like this again."


These are just some of the lovely comments about Wave Creative Cafe watercolour evening. 

Past Wave Café Events

March 23rd | The Birchwood Centre, Muswell Hill

March | Art at Heart: an evening of friendship, food, fun and fundraising


More than 100 guests came to our Art at Heart fundraising event to support our vision of setting up more than a café at the heart of Muswell Hill. As of today, we have reached 50% of our fundraising target. Thank you!


Those of you that came know that the evening was an absolute delight. We are grateful to Nicole from Chefs at Schools who helped us to provide delicious food. Tom Colyer masterfully led the Bar team together with students from LBS and surprised us all with a brand new cocktail called WAVEito. Did you try your hand in Pop-up card creative workshop?  We were blown away by your creativity.


Our hospitality team made sure everyone is looked after and served. We could not have wished for a better band to play at our event. Have you ever before experienced a musical performance where you can use Makaton signing to make everyone included?


 If you want to be a part of this journey and support our work you can do so by clicking the donate button below. Thank you for your generosity!


Past Wave Café Pop-Ups

November | Magic of Wave: line dancing, live music and magic show at our Wave Cafe pop-up

November 16th | Palm Court Alexandra Palace

It was a stunning venue and the Palm Court looked fabulous. Familiar and new friends enjoyed an evening of live music performed by Intention, the triumphant return of magician Brendan Patricks and a very well received session of line dancing led by Rumana Kaye.

The Alexandra Palace event staff were amazingly helpful and helped contribute to the success of the evening -  our best attended event yet.  

Past Wave Café Pop-Ups

July | Beatboxing, sensory activities and clay workshop 

July 19th | The Pavilion Cafe

Our July pop-up at The Pavilion was one to remember. Singer and beatboxer Tom McConnell performed. His rendition of the Jungle Book classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ got the crowd singing along. Tom even gave a lesson in beatboxing basics!!


Becky the founder of Sensory Spectacle had prepared sensory activities for our guests to enjoy. Wave offered clay workshop for those that wanted to get creative. And for fun memories together, guests were invited to take photos with their new found friends in a photo booth. 


This pop-up was a foodie heaven. The food was a treat for the tastebuds. 

Wave Cafe pop-up Clissold Arms
Past Wave Café Pop-Ups
Wave Cafe pop-up Clissold Arms

June | Vision sharing, 

pompom & card making  


June 24th | Midsummer Muswell

Our June pop-up at the Midsummer Muswell was another success. Many festival participants stopped by our Wave Café stall to be inspired by our future vision and signed up to volunteer and get involved.  


Many of our guests got very creative and tried their hand at pompom making, weaving and card decorating facilitated by local artists Laura, Alex and Gillian.

Past Wave Café Pop-Ups

May | Magic, jazz music 

and crafts 

May 24th | Clissold Arms

Our May pop-up at the Clissold Arms was another success. Many of Wave Café's regular guests were here as well as a few new faces who enjoyed now well known inclusive atmosphere.

Magician Brendan Patricks astonished the audience with his mind-blowing tricks and Three Deuces played some of their old time folk composition for our pleasure. Many of our guests got very creative with local artist Jo Chappell's paper marbling workshop.

Wave Cafe pop-up Clissold Arms
Past Wave Café Pop-Ups

April | Acoustic music, 

poetry and homemade food 

April 25th | Feast on the Hill

Our April pop-up at Feast was a very special one. There was a unique and heart-warming atmosphere. 


The poetry sets by Wave Club member Jess Hardie and Abe Gibson truly brought the audience together and inspired a few guests like Lucy to come up with their own poems.


Concert harpist Fontane Liang fired the room and the dancefloor with her lyrical instrument.

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March | Celebrating the 

sounds and flavours of 

Muswell Hill 

March 13th | Flesh & Flour

Our March pop-up at Flesh & Flour was a celebration of everything Muswell Hill, with food from local producers, music from local performers Emily Bleakley and Lizzie Smosarski.


We had a very good laugh with the improv' group Electric Priests and some of us revealed their artistic talents contributing to an illustration of Muswell Hill’s distinctive street scene under the direction of north London artist Jo Chappell.

Wave Cafe pop-up flesh and flour
Past Wave Café Pop-Ups

February | Circus, live 

music and creative fun 

February 6th | Jacksons Lane

Our February pop-up at Jacksons Lane was the first of a series that would last until the summer. It marked a new beginning for Wave as it was the first step towards a long time project, Wave Café.

For our first pop-up, we were privileged enough to have circus artist Kaveh Rahnama and young and talented song writer and performer Darcey Salt. The London Loom also introduced us to the art of weaving.

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