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19 July 2013

We love weekends

IT'S going to be another scorcher Hackney, so check out all the outdoor fun this weekend at Lovebox festival, an outdoor movie screening, or a family fun day.

Tickets are still available for Sat & Sun of Lovebox, 19-21 July
12 July 2013

We love weekends

THERE'S so much to do this weekend in Hackney, from a community festival in Dalston, to a Mexican film and music festival, a Caribbean food pop up and female DJs ruling the roost.

A community festival in Dalston is just one of the fun things going on in Hackney this weekend
10 July 2013

Cinema and culture show MexFest brings a slice of Mexico to London

CULTURAL festival MexFest returns to the capital bringing the best of contemporary Mexican film, architecture, music and visual treats for its second year.

MexFest celebrates Mexican culture across London venues including Rich Mix
5 July 2013

We love weekends

ENJOY the sunny weather in Hackney with a rooftop bar in Hoxton, cultural events in Hackney Central or soak up the rays in one of the area's award-winning parks.

No Sweat silly sports day competition at Queen of Hoxton
28 June 2013

We love weekends

LAURA Marling takes us back to the 1920s, street food is prepared at London Fields Brewery and a huge LGBT festival rolls into Shoreditch Park. 

Jodie Harsh headlines Summer Rites festival at Shoreditch Park
24 June 2013

Video: Bank On It - an economics theatre show for children

BARBICAN steps outside its City of London home to put on a summer of arts events, pop-up performances and collaborations in Hackney and across East London.

Bank On It forms part of East London arts programme Beyond Barbican
21 June 2013

We love weekends

THIS weekend, there's a free all-day festival on Rivington Street; laughs at Hackney Empire featuring top urban comics; and white trousers, slicked-back hair, moustaches and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Netil House.

Rivington Street Festival has two outdoor stages with acts including Batty Bass
14 June 2013

We love weekends

NEVER expect the ordinary in Hackney: there's a rooftop party hosted by Jazzie B; unusual, delicate cuts of meat served at a multi-venue celebration of food; a house and techno festival; and street party for dogs this weekend.

Cecilia Delatori performs at Rosemary Branch theatre
12 June 2013

Museum exhibition 100 Images of Migration highlights immigration's contribution to the UK

A NEW exhibition at Hackney Museum will give visitors a glimpse of migration to and from Britain over the past 100 years.

Chinese children learning English in Liverpool during 1971
11 June 2013

British and international independent movies get star treatment at East End Film Festival 2013

THE East End Film Festival returns with more films and events over two weeks – its longest ever run.

The East will screen at East End Film Festival 2013
10 June 2013

Norman Jay and Jazzie B to play 'headphone' rooftop party at Queen of Hoxton

QUEEN of Hoxton brings the delights of the season to their rooftop to create a world of summer bliss, music, food and spectacular views.

Queen of Hoxton starts its rooftop party series on 15 June
7 June 2013

We love weekends

POP down to a street market, take part in a pie-eating contest or listen to the sounds of jazz while sailing in a boat. Just a few of the unique activities to get stuck into this weekend in Hackney.

Nigerian cuisine at Hoxton Street Market on Saturday, 8 June (photo by Joe Woodhouse)
31 May 2013

We love weekends

THIS weekend in Hackney: support a charity event with African vibes, join former EastEnder Barbara Windsor in a celebration of community, or make a day of it at a kid-focused festival.

Honeypot Street Party takes place at Boxpark on Sat & Sun from 11am
31 May 2013

Exclusive access to Olympic Park festival tickets

HACKNEY folk have priority access to tickets for a weekend of music, food, theatre, fashion and family fun to celebrate the first anniversary of the start of the London 2012 Games.

Open East Festival takes over the former Olympic Park this summer
29 May 2013

Dalston gallery pays homage to Ridley Road Market

DALSTON newcomer, the Fishbar Gallery, has collaborated with Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi to pay homage to Ridley Road Market.

Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi at Fishbar Gallery
24 May 2013

We love weekends

HACKNEY has everything to make your Bank Holiday weekend one to remember. Enjoy an outdoor cinema screening, a DJ set for an ex-nun, or a 15 hour rave if you’re hard enough.

Nigerian cuisine at Hoxton Street Market on Saturday, 8 June (photo by Joe Woodhouse)
21 May 2013

The Bleeding Hearts Circus comes to Hoxton Hall

AUDIENCES are set to go on an aerial adventure when The Bleeding Hearts Circus comes to town.

The Bleeding Hearts Circus is set to take the audience at Hoxton Hall on soaring highs and heartbreaking lows
20 May 2013

Shoreditch food festival to raise money for Action Against Hunger

A WEEKEND-long celebration of food is set to bring top chefs and food producers to Red Gallery, Shoreditch.

Learn more about choosing wine to compliment dishes at Shoreditch food festival
17 May 2013

We love weekends

THIS weekend in Hackney there is an all day party in a nightclub, drag show, and cooking demonstrations at Jamie Oliver's food festival outside Fifteen.

Holestar is set to perform her first solo show at Vogue Fabrics
14 May 2013

The Arcola takes a fresh new look at an early Chekhov play

THE funnier, passionate and occasionally more brutal side of Anton Chekhov's work shines through in a new version of ‘Sons Without Fathers’ at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston.

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13 May 2013

Stoke Newington Literary Festival set to open books and minds

‘TRAINSPOTTING’ writer and former Hackney resident Irvine Welsh has been confirmed to speak at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival (3-9 June).

Irvine Welsh will speak at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival
10 May 2013

We love weekends

FOR those who like to hit the dance floor hard, to the more mellow party-goer, Hackney is booming with innovative nightlife this weekend.

Los Chinches are to perform at Rich Mix on Saturday 11 May
3 May 2013

We love weekends

A jam-packed Bank Holiday of festivals, live music and days out for the whole family awaits. Take advantage of the sunny spells and pop down to one or more of these events this weekend.

3 May 2013

Something's brewing in London Fields this weekend

LONDON’S Brewing is a brand new festival – set in the heart of London Fields – to celebrate the capital’s thriving and vibrant brewing scene.

Bank Holiday beer festival in London Fields
2 May 2013

Land of Kids set to rock Dalston this Bank Holiday

LAND of Kids – a one-day family festival – is set to bring fun and creativity for under 12s to various venues in Dalston on Bank Holiday Monday.

Lands of Kids is a festival for children in Dalston
26 April 2013

We love weekends

FROM a DJ contest to Charlotte Brontë's famous tale of Jane Eyre, take a peak below at these and other top events taking place across Hackney over the weekend.

Jane Eyre runs at Rosemary Branch Theatre until 5 May
24 April 2013

Dalston music and arts festival Land of Kings returns for May Bank Holiday

ELECTRO producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) is to headline Dalston’s annual music and arts festival Land of Kings (LOK).

TEED is to headline day festival Land of Kings in Dalston
19 April 2013

We love weekends

ONE of the biggest draws across London this weekend sees Pulp and 2ManyDJs taking over the Shacklewell Arms, but if that doesn't float your boat, how about an Argentine film festival or wrestling bouts in a church? Life's never dull in Hackney...

Pulp will DJ alongside 2ManyDJs at Shacklewell Arms
15 April 2013

Kaleidoscopic live documentary, Super Everything*, debuts at Hackney Empire

EAST London collective The Light Surgeons dissect Malaysian culture in a kaleidoscopic live documentary showing at Hackney Empire in association with the Barbican.

Live documentary Super Everything is set to be a feast for the senses
11 April 2013

Fringe! Film Fest showcases four days of LGBT themed cinema

EAST London lesbian, gay and bisexual Fringe! Film Fest returns for a third outing of leftfield programming.

Fringe Film Fest will show more than 20 films across Hackney
9 April 2013

Tiësto to sparkle at Electric Daisy Carnival in Olympic Park this summer

TIËSTO, Avicii and Steve Angello have been announced as headliners for a new UK dance music festival – Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) – at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in July.

Electric Daisy Carnival promises an audiovisual extravaganza at the Olympic Park
8 April 2013

Video: Headway East London dance marathon preview

COMMUTERS got a quirky yet sublime insight into Headway East London's annual dance marathon when the brain injury charity held a preview at Liverpool Street Station.

Headway East London Dance Marathon takes place at St John-at-Hackney Church
5 April 2013

We love weekends

A BOB Gill exhibition, fusion band and a critically acclaimed theatre version of Moby Dick are just a small selection of the things to do in Hackney this weekend.

Fusion band KattsandDawgs will be playing Hackney Attic on Friday
2 April 2013

Resident Ghosts exhibition showcases some of Hackney's oldest photographs

AN exhibition of the borough’s earliest photographic portraits, dating as far back as the 1840s, has opened at Hackney Museum.

Resident Ghosts displays pictures that use an early photography process
28 March 2013

We love Easter – part 2

HERE is part two of our guide on how to have an eggstraordinary Easter in Hackney...

Egg-cellent fun is to be had in Hackney this Easter
27 March 2013

We love Easter – part 1

FOLLOW the first part of a two-part guide on how to have a cracking Easter in Hackney this year, with egg-cellent fun for everyone.

Egg hunts are taking place all over Hackney
26 March 2013

Retz Theatre reimagines Kafka's The Trial at Shoreditch Town Hall

IF you've ever wondered about the meaning of ‘Kafkaesque’ – a new immersive theatre experience at Shoreditch Town Hall will provide a gripping first-hand insight.

Retz Theatre puts a modern twist on a Kafka classic at Shoreditch Town Hall
19 March 2013

Video: Enjoy quality classical music at Sutton House

Supported by the National Trust, Sutton House offers classical music played by internationally renowned artists in Hackney.

Sutton House Music Society offers high quality classical music at affordable prices
15 March 2013

Take a journey into the past with Horrible Histories at Hackney Empire

FROM one of the first King Henrys, to dodging the rotten railways – Horrible Histories is set to tear through the history books with its usual brand of anarchic comedy.

Horrible Histories is showing at Hackney Empire from 29 to 31 March
11 March 2013

Trans-national festival, Reel Iraq, comes to Hackney

A DECADE may have elapsed since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but the war’s legacy remains powerful for Iraqis in and outside of the country.

Reel Iraq festival celebrates the resilience of the arts in Iraq
8 March 2013

We love our mums: Mother's Day

TREAT your mum this Mother's Day (10 March) with tea and cake in Stoke Newington, an Italian lunch and fine wine in Victoria Park Village or feed the ducks along Regent's Canal.

Cake, the greatest gift of all, at The Tea Rooms
5 March 2013

Women's History Month 2013: what's on in Hackney

PERFORMANCES, walks, screenings and exhibitions are taking place across Hackney to celebrate Women’s History Month this year.

Mary Wollstonecraft is credited for being one of the founding feminist philosophers
1 March 2013

We love weekends

CHECK out the array of things to do in Hackney this weekend – from foraging for food to getting on the good foot.

Bahrain: Shouting In The Dark is showing as part of Between The Lines festival this weekend
26 February 2013

Tom Hunter photography show examines East London public spaces

SHOWING this month at Dalston’s Print House Gallery, is a series photographs taken in Hackney with a homemade, large-format pinhole camera by internationally renowned artist Tom Hunter. 

Tom Hunter exhibition features snapshots of Hackney through a pinhole camera
22 February 2013

We love weekends

There's comedy from household names at Rich Mix, a beginners' class in animation at the Geffrye, and a new Hackney Museum exhibition aiming to debunk some mental health myths in this weekend's guide to what's on in Hackney.

E4 sketch show comedians Cardinal Burns perform at Rich Mix
18 February 2013

Put your glad rags on for Headway East London's eight-hour dance marathon

PULL on those garish Spandex leggings, shiny tutus and fingerless gloves: Headway East London’s annual eight-hour dance marathon is back in town.

Headway East London dance marathon raises money for people with brain injuries
13 February 2013

Painters Boyd & Evans display 40 years of photorealism work at Flowers Gallery

PHOTOREALISM artist duo Fionnula Boyd and Leslie Evans celebrate four decades of collaboration with a retrospective show at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road.

Medicine Bow (2009) Boyd and Evans, courtesy of Flowers Gallery
6 February 2013

Future Cinema extends run of 'The Shawshank Redemption' at Hackney school

FUTURE Cinema has extended the run of The Shawshank Redemption, the hit prison movie based on a Stephen King novel, at a Hackney school.

Future Cinema transforms a Hackney school into a mid 20th century prison
5 February 2013

Dalston to host the London Turkish Film Festival

THE capital’s epicentre of Turkish culture and gastronomy will this month also be a major hub for cinema as the Rio in Dalston hosts the 18th annual London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF).

Life As A Fable is one of the films showing as part of the London Turkish Film Festival
30 January 2013

Send in the clowns

FEW things stand out as much as a clown. Then again it’s pretty difficult not to recognise someone with brightly coloured hair and a red nose doing tumbles in MC Hammer’s eveningwear.

The Grimaldi Service celebrates the life of Joseph Grimaldi
21 January 2013

Arcola Theatre breaks in Turkish mythological drama

OLIVIER award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter is starring in a new mythical drama at Arcola Theatre, Mare Rider.

Mare Rider explores Turkish mythology and childbirth anxiety
17 January 2013

Geffrye Museum history lesson is food for thought

TASTE recipes taken from 500 years of British cookbooks at a unique one-off restaurant night at Geffrye Museum.

Geffrye Museum will offer a five-course feast of old British recipes (photo: Jayne Lloyd)
16 January 2013

Free craft night The Make Escape wards off the winter blues

JANUARY: a by-word for abstinence. The alcohol is banished and you get night sweats from chocolate withdrawal.

Crafty cut outs at The Make Escape in Hackney Attic
14 January 2013

Urban and natural worlds collide in Hackney Downs art show

NATURE and city lovers alike can experience a creative mash-up of the two worlds at this exhibition.

11 January 2013

We love weekends

There’s no need to succumb to the January blues in Hackney this weekend: laugh out loud at non-stop comedy, brunch out and listen to live music, or stay up all night and soak up avant-garde art. Who said January was depressing?

8 January 2013

Shoreditch-based Kurt Cobain exhibition revels in grunge spirit

WHILE different musical fads have swept through the pop charts across the decades, from indie, to R&B and ska, few icons manage to transcend their genre. Kurt Cobain was one of them.

Illustration from Kurt and the Gang by Sean Morris
3 January 2013

Retrospective Peter Clarke exhibition documents the recent history of South Africa

SOUTH African ‘lost generation’ artist Peter Clarke life’s work gets a rare European showing at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva).

A self portrait by Peter Clarke, 1953
2 January 2013

Fifty-hour improvisation marathon comes to Hoxton Hall

IT'S just so hard to get your head around: a 50-hour comedy improvisation marathon is to take place at Hoxton Hall.

The London 50-hour Improvathon takes on 1920s Cairo and Tutankhamun this year
2 January 2013

Short film festival to showcase UK filmmaking visionaries

ECCENTRIC and idiosyncratic films made by the UK filmmaking frontline are to be presented at the London Short Film Festival.

Short film From Here will be screened at The Aubin
28 December 2012

We love New Year's Eve

THE biggest party night of the year sees Hackney put out a smorgasbord of festivities on 31 December. Countdown to 2013 at a cockney knees up in The Book Club, gypsy folk food fest at Hackney Pearl or traditional pub party in Clapton Hart. 

Clapton Hart is putting on a traditional pub party
20 December 2012

2-4-1 ticket deal on Hackney Empire's side-splittingly funny panto

FEELING festive but not yet made it to Hackney Empire's critically acclaimed panto, 'Dick Whittington and his Cat?' Well, look no further than Destination Hackney; we have a secret code to get two theatre tickets for the price of one.

2 4 1 ticket offer on Dick Whittington and his Cat at Hackney Empire
18 December 2012

Get your hands dirty at Dusty Fingers vintage market

A VINTAGE flea market has opened at The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road. Dusty Fingers and its 30-strong army of traders will be holding a market selling unique and retro treasures - including furniture, fashion, housewares, hi-fi equipment and collectables - for shoppers to get their soon-to-be grubby hands on. There are food stalls from Hackney Homemade Hanoi Kitchen, Chatsworth Road’s Cakey Muto plus there is wood-fired pizza by Streetzza, as well as bars offering drinks such as plum punch and spice cider. Music will be distinctly retro, covering the 1950s to 1980s with funk, disco, soul and rare groove. Dusty Fingers have been operating for three years, working in Old Spitalfields, York Hall and Stoke Newington markets. Carolina Smilas, who co-founded Dusty Fingers with her partner James Shepherd, said: “We live in Hackney and we chose to hold the market here because Hackney hasn’t had anything like this before.” Dusty Fingers Vintage Night Market will be held on 18 December, 2.30-9.30pm, at The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Clapton, London, E5 OPU. £1 entry fee.

Dusty Fingers Vintage Night Flea Market sells unique retro wares
Cakey Muto plus there is wood-fired pizza by Streetzza, as well as bars offering drinks such as plum punch and spice cider. Music will be distinctly retro, covering the 1950s to 1980s with funk, disco, soul and rare groove. Dusty Fingers have been operating for three years, working in Old Spitalfields, York Hall and Stoke Newington markets. Carolina Smilas, who co-founded Dusty Fingers with her partner James Shepherd, said: “We live in Hackney and we chose to hold the market here because Hackney hasn’t had anything like this before.” Dusty Fingers Vintage Night Market will be held on 18 December, 2.30-9.30pm, at The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Clapton, London, E5 OPU. £1 entry fee." style="padding-top:10px">
14 December 2012

We love weekends

WHETHER it’s racing round the ice rink or live music all the way from Senegal, there’s an enticing event for all ages to enjoy in this festive line-up of what's on in Hackney.

Festive jam jar lanterns at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
11 December 2012

Shoreditch party will ensure doomsday goes with a bang

WHILE much of the world is revelling in celebrations of birth, mirth and Christmas cheer this December, one corner of Shoreditch will become a carnival of destruction.

The Mayan calendar ends on 21 December 2012 causing some to believe it signifies the end of the world
4 December 2012

Geffrye Museum toasts Christmas past in new exhibition

STEP back in time with the Geffrye Museum's latest exhibition Christmas Past, which celebrates the history of the festive season.

A Steiff bear in the 1910 drawing room at Geffrye Museum (photo: Morley Von Sternberg)
3 December 2012

New Empowering Church Afro-Latin night to raise money for torture victims

FROM baile funk and Carioca bass, to Latin and African sounds, Freedom From Torture joins forces with Tourism DJs to put on a night of tropical mayhem on 7 December.

Frikstailers will perform at New Empowering Church in Hackney
1 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle

HACKNEY'S bumper season of festive events and surprises is set to run throughout December.

Make Hackney Sparkle offers a feast of events in the borough
30 November 2012

We love weekends

IF it's making an advent wreath with the kids or an unusual Sunday lunch that takes your fancy, then look no further. There's something for everyone in this weekend's guide to Hackney.

All-day punk event Freedom from Torture presents takes place at Shacklewell Arms
29 November 2012

Video: Stoke Newington film club takes movies back to their literary roots

LITERATURE has long been a prime source for filmmakers and producers. Now, creative collective The Flicker Club is examining this rich literary history with fortnightly screenings of book-inspired cinema.

Fresh Meat actress Zawe Ashton reads an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland
28 November 2012

East London beers and breweries to be hailed at Pig's Ear festival

BEFORE the Enlightenment, real ale was considered the preserve of cardie-wearing, pipe-smoking, beard-sporting, middle-aged men with a predilection for Dungeons and Dragons and JRR Tolkein. Not anymore.

23 November 2012

We love weekends

GET a snapshot of East London's wide ranging music scene, or kick start your Christmas spirit at a range of events in Hackney this weekend.

London Remixed festival takes place across Shoreditch bars and clubs
22 November 2012

Hackney launches programme of free events to mark the festive season

A BUMPER festive season of events and surprises is set to take place across Hackney this December.

A tea dance will take place at Stoke Newington Town Hall
20 November 2012

Panto 'Dick Whittington and his Cat' set to dazzle at Hackney Empire

THE Olympics may be behind us, but there is still plenty to look forward to this year as Dick Whittington and his Cat promises to be another Hackney hit.

Panto season returns to Hackney Empire with Dick Whittington and his Cat
19 November 2012

Little Noise Sessions ukulele flashmob outside St John-at-Hackney Church

YOUNG and old alike are invited to attend a ‘KaraUke flashmob’ in the garden of St John-at-Hackney Church on Tuesday, 20 November.

KaraUke flashmob outside St John-at-Hackney on 20 November
15 November 2012

London Feminist Film Festival debuts at Hackney Picturehouse

FROM both the realms of fact and fiction, the inaugural London Feminist Film Festival (LFF) will document women taking charge in communities around the world.

The UK premiere of Lesbiana will show at Hackney Picturehouse
9 November 2012

We love...weekends

FUTURE BMX stars can learn their trade in Haggerston Park, while a show at Hackney Empire commemorates both Remembrance Sunday and the opening of the London Jazz Festival in this weekend's guide to Hackney.

A kirigami house in the shape of the mansion from Amityville
8 November 2012

Urban Masters: street art exhibition to open in Shoreditch

A NEW street art exhibition, where artists pay homage to those that inspired them, is opening in Shoreditch on 9 November.

Street artists pay homage to what inspired them at the Urban Masters exhibition in Shoreditch
6 November 2012

Hackney Museum exhibition on Marc Bolan and the Stamford Hill Mod movement

A NEW exhibition exploring the Stamford Hill Mod movement in the 1960s is set to open at Hackney Museum on 7 November.

Marc Bolan was one of the main faces of the Stamford Hill Mod movement
2 November 2012

We love...weekends

TWO unmissable nights for acid house lovers, new theatre productions, and an instrument making workshop for children, are just some of the great events happening in Hackney this weekend.

Acid house pioneer Adamski is playing electro waltz in East London
31 October 2012

Preview: Photomonth 2012

FROM the Chagos Islands to fjords of southern Norway and the streets of London, Photomonth 2012 brings together imagery from some of the world’s most far-flung realms.

This Peter Marshall photo of protesting students will feature in Photomonth at Rich Mix
26 October 2012

We love ... Halloween

DOUBLE, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. With frights to turn the bravest green, here’s our guide to Halloween.

The Book Club in Shoreditch goes spooky for Halloween
24 October 2012

Preview: Film Africa 2012

FROM family antics in Chad to the struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda, cinema-goers can take a filmic tour of the African continent, Nile to Cape, as part of London's only annual African film festival.

The Education of Auma Obama will be screened at Film Africa 2012
23 October 2012

'Infosculpture' aims to reflect the personalities of Manor House residents

A CERAMIC 3D data art piece inspired by Stoke Newington and Manor House residents has been unveiled at The Redmond Community Centre.

The People Wood maps the personalities of people in N4 and N16
22 October 2012

Preview: Qudz at The Yard, Hackney Wick

SADDAM promised unity, and delivered collapse. Bush promised freedom and delivered chaos.

New play Qudz at The Yard captures the chaos in war torn Iraq
19 October 2012

We love...weekends

FOR the last weekend before the clocks go back, Hackney offers apple bobbing and a celebration of grassroots creativity. 

The White Rabbit Cocktail Club is staging a production of Quills though without the use of bunnies
17 October 2012

Charity festival Oxjam to take place in nine Hackney venues

OXJAM Stoke Newington is hoping to break the £10,000 tally achieved last year when the fundraising music festival rolls back into Hackney this weekend.

NZCA/Lines features as a headliner
12 October 2012

We love weekends...

STARS of African jazz and soul singers from Essex feature in this weekend's round up of some of the best events taking place in the borough.

Songs of Migration at Hackney Empire
11 October 2012

Preview: The White Canvas Project

A STREET art exhibition in Shoreditch opens with live screen-printing, music and giveaways tonight.

The White Canvas Project uses a variety of paints and objects
3 October 2012

Get two tickets for £10 for 'Songs of Migration'

'SONGS of Migration', a musical tribute to the inspirational songs of the African continent – and starring the internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer and lyricist Hugh Masekela – is showing at Hackney Empire.

Get two tickets for £10 to see jazz musical Songs of Migration
1 October 2012

Black History Month 2012: selected highlights

HACKNEY celebrates Black History Month this October with a programme of entertainment and educational activities for all ages.

A stamp commemorating civil rights activist Claudia Jones
28 September 2012

We love...weekends

WITH an ear firmly to the ground and an eye on the clock, Destination Hackney looks forward to another two and a bit days of activities taking place in the borough.

Orchestre Du Mont-Plaisant are set to play at Movimientos
27 September 2012

Weekly food market opens in Hackney Downs Studios

STREET Feast has announced it's moving indoors to Hackney Down Studios, E8, for the winter.

Street Feast in its outdoor incarnation by Chris Mcintosh
26 September 2012

Shoreditch Town Hall relaunches as arts venue

THE rebirth of Shoreditch Town Hall as a 21st century arts space begins with the launch of its first regular, ticketed programme of performances since its days as a 19th century music hall.

Roundabout showcases work from three new writers
24 September 2012

Preview: Alpha-ville

TWO of Hackney’s key cultural hubs will play host to cutting-edge experiments in sound and sight this October, with events exploring the relationship between electronic music and visual performance.

Alpha-ville will feature the latest in animation, documentaries and video art
21 September 2012

Preview: Dead On Her Feet

ARCOLA Theatre re-opens on 3 October with Dead On Her Feet, a new work by Emmy award-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson.

Dead On Her Feet is set in a 1930s dance marathon
14 September 2012

We love...weekends

FESTIVALS and exhibitions rein this weekend with events for all tastes - especially outside Jamie Oliver's restaurant. 

Still Standing by Antony Gormley at White Cube
7 September 2012

We love...weekends

IT’S (probably, fingers crossed) going to be a warm weekend. So after a lazy day sunning in one of Hackney's parks, check out some of these events taking place in the borough.

Visit Grade II listed building Clissold House this weekend
6 September 2012

Love Music, Hate Racism festival at Rich Mix

LOVE Music, Hate Racism (LMHR) takes over Rich Mix to host an exhibition of iconic anti-racism posters and memorabilia throughout September.

An Anti-Nazi League poster
5 September 2012

Cafe Oto releases more tickets for Stewart Lee music gig

STEWART Lee, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford are to perform John Cage’s 1959 experimental double LP ‘Indeterminacy’ live at Cafe Oto - and there are only a handful of tickets left.

Comic Stewart Lee will perform alongside experimental musicians
4 September 2012

Vortex Jazz Bar announces line-up for birthday party

VORTEX Jazz Club has announced the line-up for a free party in Gillett Square to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Vortex Jazz Bar celebrates its 25th birthday
3 September 2012

Third Hackney Film Festival to open

AUTUMN marks the launch of the third annual Hackney Film Festival (HFF). A diverse programme of screenings, Q&As, live shows and performances that will entertain audiences from 7 to 9 September.

Filmmakers are in the spotlight at Hackney Film Festival
3 September 2012

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen hosts food festival in Hoxton

JAMIE Oliver’s Fifteen is hosting a street food party with DJs, a cocktail bartender mix-off, and beach hut outside the restaurant on Westland Place next weekend.

Another Fifteen Street party in June 2012
1 September 2012

Hackney House unveils future of Olympic Park

A POP-UP exhibition at Hackney House will display plans for the future of the Olympic Park from 3 to 4 September.

The press and broadcast centres will be transformed by iCity
31 August 2012

We love...weekends

STUCK for what to do this weekend? Here's a look of some of the best events going on in the borough.

Crowd at Summer Rites festival
23 August 2012

Corio Chats about music

BOB Marley, The Fugees, Grandmaster Flash and Eric B and Rakim are just a handful of musicians David Corio has got in front of his camera.

A still of the The Fugees by David Corio
17 August 2012

Hackney Wick community festival returns

HOT on the heels of London 2012 comes the sixth annual Hackney Wick Festival – a free, two day community event of arts and crafts stalls, entertainment, delicious foods, and a new sporting twist to mark the Olympic year.

Hackney Wick festival fun
13 August 2012

Ha Ha Hackney opens the joke book

HACKNEY Empire has released more of its summer comedy programme Ha Ha Hackney.

Ha Ha Hackney at Hackney Empire
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12 August 2012

Pilgrim takes different path

BEGGARSBELIEF Theatre Company is playfully revisiting John Bunyan’s 1768 literary piece ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ at The Yard theatre in Hackney Wick.

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7 August 2012

Hackney House hits second week

CIRCUS and trapeze acts, an opera show, and folktronica artist James Yulli have all been booked to play at innovative pop-up venue Hackney House.

Crowds enjoy entertainment at Hackney House
6 August 2012

Robots and rayguns at film festival London MexFest

IF you thought director Ed Wood hit the low watermark for hokey dialogue and non-existent continuity – think again. Mexico had its own era of outlandish sci-fi films during the mid 20th century.

Scene from The Ship of Monsters
13 July 2012

Colombian group Ondatropica to play Hackney Empire

IS it possible to do a Black Sabbath cover in a 200-year-old drumming style? Yes. Should you? Why not? Colombian collective Ondatropica do just that.

Latin American fusion band Ondatropica mix-match music
12 July 2012

New stand-up comedy night at Hackney Picturehouse

WHAT happens when a Geordie, a Pom and an Aussie walk into an attic?

Bryony Kimmings is part of the line-up for a new comedy night in Hackney
11 July 2012

Shoreditch Festival to showcase local talent

THE 11th annual Shoreditch Festival is set to open with a magnificent display of pops, locks, krumps and pooches.

The 11th annual Shoreditch Festival takes place in July
13 June 2012

New, free jazz festival to open in Dalston

A NEW, free festival is to hit Hackney’s unofficial jazz quarter on 15 and 16 June.

Match and Fuse Jazz Festival opens in Hackney
8 June 2012

Stellar line-up revealed for Lovebox 2012

VICTORIA Park continues its busy summer with Lovebox, a party in the park spanning three days from 15 to 17 June. This year, festival-goers will be treated to a star-studded line-up for the 10th year running.

Lovebox 2012 is celebrating its 10th birthday
1 June 2012

Field Day and The Apple Cart festival fun

OVER the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, Victoria Park will host two of East London’s most exciting one-day festivals: music-centric Field Day on 2 June, and family-friendly The Apple Cart on 3 June.

Field Day and The Apple Cart festivals at Victoria Park
20 May 2012

Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012 has big plans

DIGITAL Shoreditch has big plans: to become as significant as South by Southwest, one of the largest multi-media festivals in the world.

Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012 aims to showcase local talent

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