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Table Tennis Madness
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Ping Ping Champion, Craig Bryant

So just what is a Pongathon? A gathering of men holding out their sweaty running socks perhaps? Try again.

Pongathon is in fact all about table tennis, or in this case, I should say ping pong. It is a ping pong party like no other (not that I know of that many ping pong parties around), with wall-to-wall ping pong tables set against a backdrop of live music, visual art, exhibition games, and table tennis playing robots.

The organisers hold tournaments, challenges, and private parties for corporate events or social get togethers.

So if you have a knack with a ping pong ball, there's lots of fun ways to get involved. Their tournaments are held at Richmix in Shoreditch between 5pm-11pm. With wall-to-wall ping pong over two floors, there are lots of competitions that you can enter for free. These include single & double matches, Round-The-Table games, a Mini-Bat Challenge, and Beat–The-Pongbot, where it is man against machine. Take part, win prizes.

While you play, London DJ, Alex Gromadzki, will be spinning some pongtastic tunes in styles like disco, funk, rock, and dance, while visual art is projected live. You can book sessions in one-hour and two-hour slots, or you can book a VIP table for the whole night.

Dates for the following tournaments are:

29th January
5th & 19th February
5th & 19th March
2nd & 16th April
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Why? Fun
When: 5pm-11pm on scheduled evenings
Where: Richmix, Shoreditch
Cost: Free
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