Some know it as table tennis. The French call it ‘wif waf’. But Londoners have come to know it as ‘Hey man! Can you throw us the ball back?’. Since 2010, ping pong tables have appeared in their hundreds on streets and in parks across the capital. This is largely thanks to the efforts of Ping!, a project from Sing London, who are also the brains behind the street pianos you see cropping up around the capital. This year’s the third round of the street ping pong project, and from July 26th to August 31st there’ll be an events programme ranging from a party-game-filled picnic in Soho Square to The Ping! Revolution: a bicycle tour of the city’s ping pong tables culminating in ‘pedal-powered ping pong movies.’ Sounds excellent.
But what if you’re so atrocious at the game that your attempts to hit the ball really, well… pong? They’ve thought of that too. Their School of Ping! weekender (August 16-18) sees coaches descend upon the city to offer taster sessions and advanced masterclasses. Plus, they’re offering free 30-minute lunchtime classes for TO readers on August 8th, running every half hour from 12-2pm. Go to the pop-up tables at the Brunswick Centre, WC1N 1BS (Russell Square tube) and quote ‘Time Out for Ping!’. Time for us all to get batty.
Find out more about Ping! 2013.
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