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25 February 2013

Labrinth kick starts three-day online youth arts festival Hackney Live

A PILOT initiative to showcase local talent and Hackney’s thriving arts scene online launches today.

Hackney Live is a three-day, online festival of live music, dance and pre-recorded arts videos, which runs from 25 to 27 February.

Watch a live stream from Hackney University Technical College (HUTC), between 7-8pm today, on a computer, tablet, phone and most other internet ready devices, as chart-topping urban artist Labrinth kicks off proceedings with a pre-recorded exclusive track for Hackney Live.

This will be followed by live performances from young East London musicians who were profiled on BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend talent stage last summer, and youth charity Rising Tide. There is also an opportunity to take part in a social media Q&A session with music industry professionals including producer Pantha and Steven McKenzie, who works with rapper Wretch 32.

The festival continues on Tuesday, 26 February, with East London Dance producing a live event working with Hackney choreographer Tony Adigun, creative director of Sky’s Got To Dance. It will be hosted by EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood.




Then on Wednesday, 27 February, a series of short films of visual artists working in their studios will be launched online. The films, which have been curated by the Institute of International Visual Arts, will give viewers an insight into how artists work and the career pathways into contemporary arts.

Young people can watch the online shows, on 25 and 26 February, at free, live screening events – as part of the Discover Young Hackney festival – at the Concord and Forest Road youth centres, and Hackney Empire cafe.

The three-day programme is funded by the Council and delivered with the technical support of Kinura, Forward Create, HUTC and Ravensbourne University.

Watch at: www.hackneylive.co.uk

An exclusive performance by Labrinth will be screened on 25 February

An exclusive performance by Labrinth will be screened on 25 February

An exclusive performance by Labrinth will be screened on 25 February

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