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Pop-up Ping Pong with Drinks & Streetfood in a disused Kensington pub, this Saturday, March 16!
We love the sound of Pop-up Ping Pong. Nights filled with ping pong, street food, drink and music – what’s not to like?
Pop-up Ping Pong are holding their launch party on Saturday 16th March (yes – that’s tomorrow!) in The Kensington pub (near Olympia), with ping pong, a bar, and burgers from #BRGR. Do it!
Here’s what the lovely folk at Pop Up Ping Pong say about tomorrow’s launch: ”At Pop Up Ping Pong (PUPP) we create events filled with ping pong, street food, music and drink at random locations in London. We’re bringing this sociable Olympic sport to you for only one night at a time, but what a night it will be! Join us for gamin’, boozin’ and finger-lickin’ bites to eat.
Our launch party is being held at an old pub in Kensington on Saturday 16th March 2013. Entrance to the venue will cost only £5 entitling guests to unlimited ping-pong-ing at any of our three full-sized tables. Drinks at the bar start from £2 and our purveyor of street food for the night is the wonderful #BRGR, who will be serving up juicy mini burger duos in soft brioche buns with American cheese and a dollop of ketchup and mustard for £7.
For the competitive souls, there will be a PUPP Tourney to enter with a prize for the winner.”
When – Saturday 16th March, 18:30 – 01:00
Where – The Kensington, 54 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ
Tickets – £5 + fees from at the door or online here
For each event at the Cumberland Arms, there will be 60 tickets available in advance, with a very limited number available on the door.
There are 180 advance tickets for the final night party at the Star and Shadow.
You will need a ticket for each event you want to be part of. Tickets are only valid for the particular night you bought them for – they cannot be switched between events.
Below are links to buy tickets for each night. Hurry, hurry, hurry – they’re gonna go fast….
Saturday 27th October – Opening night party with Ping Pong Newcastle
Sunday 28th October – Comet Ping Pong, Washington DC
Music from Kid Congo Powers (DJ Set) and artwork by Ryan Hill
Monday 29th October – Dr. Pong, Berlin
The one and only… the mother of all Ping Pong nights.
Tuesday 30th October – People’s Ping Pong Party, New York
Pong as Panther inspired performance art. Learn from the best in the USA.
Wednesday 31st October - ZombPong Halloween special
Milk the Cow and the Zombie Rave Nation put on a Zombie pong spectacular.
Thursday 1st November – The Young Offenders Institute, London
Winner takes all, round the table madness, from London’s finest.
Friday 2nd November – Kings of Ping, Bristol
Fancy dress Bling Pong. Wow.
Saturday 3rd November – Final Night Party
All the DJs from all the nights. One massive party…
The second full International Pongress – a week long festival for ping pong party people – hits the north east later this month. From 27th October to 4th November, Newcastle will be the centre of the ping pong universe.
The week kicks off in some style; the longest running, most popular UK social ping pong night will be getting the Cumberland Arms jumping on Saturday 27th October.
Beyond the opening night, Pongress boasts parties hosted by groups from Tallin, Copenhagen, Berlin, Washington DC, Bristol, London, Gothenburg, Manchester and New York. Each bringing their own unique style and rules t the table. That all sounds a bit bloody good don’t y
We’ll be posting much much more when BT give us our internet back, but don’t wait for us – tickets for all eight nights are on sale now. Snap them up while they last by clicking right here.
The humble game of ping pong, enjoy your time in the spotlight. Why not have a lovely piece of cake, its a bit like your birthday, sort of. Your first national day!
Help the English Ping Pong Association celebrate ping pong’s big day by getting outside, raising a glass and playing some sociable ping pong with friends and strangers alike.
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Whether you’ve already been playing ping pong this summer or not, don’t miss out of a day of ping pong street parties across the country courtesy of the Next Big Ping initiative.
The Next Big Ping, set to take place in public spaces across the country on August 3rd 2012 aims to create a buzz around outdoor ping pong, and to ask questions about the sustainability of ping pong’s future beyond Ping! and the Olympics. Here at the EPPA we firmly believe every urban community should have access to free-to-play ping pong tables, and be educated in how to get the most out of them. The initiative explores the potential for starting, and establishing new communities built around ping pong sustainably, discussing why this is important in the long-term and to enlighten people about the benefits of regular ping pong.
Well implemented ping pong projects should be at the heart of every urban community because the game is so inclusive, to such a diverse cross-section of the population, and can include up to twenty or more people playing at once.
Playing triggers laughter that helps to break through social barriers, and provides a cheap, active alternative to boredom and computer games – especially relevant to young people. Games of ping pong can be as competitive or collaborative as players choose, and a great way to meet people and make new friends. Moreover, you don’t need any skill to start enjoying the game, and there are so many variations that provide endless challenges to look forward to. Ten year olds can be happily matched against thirty year olds, and playing improves hand to eye coordination, mental alertness, concentration and the development of different muscle groups amongst all age groups.
Participation also develops social and communicative skills, a chance to share experiences, to feel part of a community and the potential to develop into a serious, competitive player, if that’s what you want?
Find out how to get involved in ping pong’s first national day on August 3rd by visiting www.pingpongengland.co.uk/nextbigping
On Sunday 15th July at 1.30pm the Duke of York’s Picture House, Brighton are screening “Ping Pong: Never Too Old For Gold”.
“8 players with 703 years between them, compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. With intimate and candid portraits of life back home ‘Ping Pong’ explores the hope, regret and immediacy of growing old.”
Empire Magazine gave it 4 stars and said “This is not a film about ping pong; this is a film about living in the moment and not being afraid of your own mortality.”
To watch an amazing 3 minute trailer click here - http://pingpongfilm.co.uk/
There will be Ping Pong Tables on the street outside from 11am, a masterclass and exhibition on stage from 1pm and Q&A with the Producer after the film.
Get your tickets online or call the Duke of York’s box office on 0871 902 5728 (Adults are £8.50, concessions £5.50)
See you there!!
Come down from noon until 6pm TODAY for music, food and drinks, kite making, round-the-table Ping Pong and parkour.
For more about Article 31.1, the Universal Right to Play and a full programme for the day visit the official event page.
The city is a great playground, if we look at it in the right way. You don’t need to wait for special events to play, find free outdoor ping pong tables near you, here
The Young Offenders Institute is back at 93 Feet East this Thursday, 28th June. With the month-long Ping! London kicking off the day after, the YOI will get you in the mood for a summer of ping pong. Join them from 7.30 for Beer, Music, Ping Pong. And don’t worry footy fans – with England out of the Euros, the first part of the night will be played out against the back drop of some quality football on the big screen.
The table will be ready for play from 7.30pm, for a veritable feast of professional (that’ll be the football), and social sporting fare.