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The Institute of Light Illuminates London Fields with ‘Rio Boteco’

SEEN is keen to experience (there’s no other word) the Institute of Light’s latest venture in Hackney’s London Fields, opening on the 8th June. Comprising an arthouse repertory cinema, vinyl record store, restaurant, bar, coffee shop and bookshop, the IOL will be partnering with Brazilian event organisers MargoCamilo.

SEEN is keen to experience (there’s no other word) the Institute of Light’s latest venture in Hackney’s London Fields, opening on the 8th June. Comprising an arthouse repertory cinema, vinyl record store, restaurant, bar, coffee shop and bookshop, the IOL will be partnering with Brazilian event organisers MargoCamilo. They’re the creative force behind BRAZIL POP UP DINER, a series of Brazilian/fusion events held to celebrate the cuisine of the 12 hosting cities of the Brazilian World Cup. Well placed then, to launch ‘Rio Boteco’ a Pop Up version of the Brazilian ‘corner shop pub’ if you will. The menu promises delicious tapas, street food and – this is what SEEN’s after – Brazilian comfort food! What better way to participate in this year’s Rio Olympics?

The list of ingredients alone sound amazing: cassava, dende oil, salt cod, coconut and seafood. ‘Rio Boteco’ promises an unfussy minimalistic take on the food’s presentation. Seasonal menus will celebrate the very best in Brazilian gastronomy, with the freshest herbs and spices (grown in IOL’s own roof garden); with dishes like Vaca Malandra (slow cooked short ribs with cassava gratin), Moqueca de peixe e camarão (fresh seafood stew with coconut and palm oil curry) and a reworked traditional Pastel de Siri (a typical fast food dish consisting of a crab-filled, thin-crust, fried pie).

Mouth-watering tapas will be on the extensive bar menu, such as: Bolinhos de bacalhau (salted cod fish fishcakes), pasteis (crispy savoury pastries) and cassava chips – perfect for snacking in the cinema. The extensive cocktail menu, exclusively designed by IOL partners Yaguara, will complement the Brazilian theme with cachaça cocktails and, of course, a masterful reworking of the much loved classic, caipirinha.

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The IOL bar will also be stocked by local artisan distillers/brewers with draft ales from Five Point brewery, gin and vodka from the East London Liquor Company, a selection of craft bottled beers from local London breweries and here’s a twist that SEEN just loves – prosecco on tap!

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The IOL’s cinema will showcase Brazilian films in four distinctive strands, curated by Secret Cinema alumnus Harry Ross: Cinedining, where guests can enjoy the restaurant menu in front of the big screen; Light Night, an exploration of Image and Structure in Film with both classic and lesser-known titles selected for their dynamic visual impact; Light Now, a weekly screening where a film relevant to current events is exhibited without disclosing the title before the opening titles; and Members’ Choice, where two films a week are chosen and voted for by the IOL members. Whilst challenging, the films should please an East End arthouse crowd.

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IOL cinema will also be showing more mainstream fare – from Blades of Glory to Chariots of Fire and Cool Runnings, Charles Laughton’s iconic Night of the Hunter to Sergei Parajanov’s Colour of Pomegranates.

The IOL will also house a record store, curated by highly respected independent record label BBE [Barely Breaking Even]. Independent bookshop, Pages of Hackney, will run the IOL bookshop.

The Institute of Light
Arch 376
10 Helmsley Place
London E8 3SB
0207 249 9906

Opens Wednesday to Sunday
Wednesday 8th June – Sun 28th August 2016.
Cinedining tickets are £9
Regular seats £6

www.the-institute-of-light.com

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