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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
1 July 2013

Win tickets to Circle Mirror Transformation starring Imelda Staunton

IMELDA Staunton and Toby Young lead the cast of a Royal Court Theatre production of Circle Mirror Transformation.

Imelda Staunton stars in the sharply funny Circle Mirror Transformation
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
26 June 2013

Defy gravity at Dalston House

HAVE you ever wanted to burgle a house, scale a wall like Spider-Man or get yourself (literally) onto the property ladder? Leandro Erlich’s unusual art installation, Dalston House, fulfils all of these desires without the prospect of arrest, injury or bankruptcy.

Strike a pose at Dalston House
25 June 2013

Hackney people noted and knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

HACKNEY-born actor and former resident Tony Robinson has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Tony Robinson as Baldrick in Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie
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
19 June 2013

Stoke Newington author wins Carnegie Medal for children's fiction

STOKE Newington author Sally Gardner has joined a prestigious list including C S Lewis, Arthur Ransome and Terry Pratchett in winning this year’s Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction.

Stoke Newington resident Sally Gardner has won the Carnegie Medal
19 June 2013

Free ticket giveaway for Wireless, Hard Rock Calling and Electric Daisy Carnival festivals

HUNDREDS of free tickets are up for grabs to see top international acts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.

See top performers at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for free
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)
3 June 2013

David Walliams gets into the swim of things at London Fields Lido

ACTOR and comedian David Walliams launched a new swimming challenge at London Fields Lido, encouraging people to get fit in the water.

Katie-anne Payne, David Walliams and Rebecca Adlington launch SwimBritain at London Fields Lido
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
30 May 2013

Generation Game keeping audiences enthralled at The Yard

I AM usually not a fan of one-person plays, simply because they often lack the tension of two or more characters clashing. Susanna Hislop at The Yard theatre, in Hackney Wick, has just proved me very wrong.

How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin at The Yard, Hackney Wick
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
28 May 2013

Chelsea Fringe gardening festival returns to Hackney

THE Chelsea Fringe has returned for its annual celebration of gardening across London.

Learn about the origins of gin at the Hoxton Hotel, as part of the Chelsea Fringe
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
15 May 2013

Video: celebrating Hackney's markets

WHY not take a trip to some of Hackney's eclectic shopping destinations as part of Love Your Local Market fortnight, 15 to 29 May?

Chatsworth Road Market continues to grow since its 2010 rejuvenation
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
9 May 2013

Up on the roof

THE minute the sun comes out, there’s always some dude walking around in shorts and shades, despite the fact it’s not actually that warm.

Rooftop Film Club summer season launch at The Queen of Hoxton
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
1 May 2013

Moby Dick at Arcola Theatre encompasses life, love and humour

“THERE are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke,” wrote Herman Melville in his famous 1851 novel ‘Moby Dick’.

Moby Dick plays at Arcola Theatre until 4 May
29 April 2013

Chart-toppers Rudimental release album inspired by growing up in Hackney

THE past year has been a whirlwind for Hackney foursome Rudimental – and with their second number one, ‘Waiting All Night’, under their belts it’s not set to quieten down anytime soon.

Rudimental credit growing up in Hackney as inspiration for the debut album Home
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
18 April 2013

Actor Adam Deacon 'feels blessed to come from Hackney'

IF you’re walking anywhere in Hackney with Adam Deacon, add half an hour to your journey time. Everywhere the actor, director and rapper goes he is mobbed by young people waving smart phones, desperate for a photo with the Hackney-born star.

Photo of Adam Deacon
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
3 April 2013

Ending overcrowding in East End slums

DURING the 19th century, London’s East End – including Hackney – suffered from massive overcrowding in some of the city’s poorest housing.

Evelyn Court, in Amhurst Road, Hackney, in the 1930s
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
26 March 2013

Architect David Adjaye poised to create Hackney Central fashion hub

DAVID Adjaye has a vision for Hackney Central: he would like it to be a fashion hub for residents and international visitors alike, where jobs go to local people and businesses work together to improve the area.

Architect David Adjaye will create a £100million shopping outlet in Hackney
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
14 March 2013

Singer Kate Nash takes new musical direction with latest album Girl Talk

HACKNEY girl Kate Nash is back with a new album and a huge national tour – but unless you’ve been keeping a close eye on her over the past couple of years, you might not recognise her.

Hackney singer Kate Nash returns with a new album
13 March 2013

Sunday Wireless festival tickets on hold for host borough residents

RESIDENTS have another chance to get this summer’s hottest tickets and see Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake share the stage at Wireless Festival.

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will preview their upcoming US stage show
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

Hard Rock Calling tickets reserved for Hackney residents

TICKETS are now on sale for Hackney residents wanting to see Bruce Springsteen headline Hard Rock Calling at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Bruce Springsteen is confirmed to headline Hard Rock Calling on 30 June
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
28 February 2013

Free Olympic Park tour tickets for Hackney residents

HACKNEY residents are being given the opportunity to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before it opens to the public in July.   

Free tickets for tours around the Olympic Park are available for Hackney residents
27 February 2013

Win tickets to see cult films at The Yard

CREATIVE space The Yard is continuing its series of classic films – with the addition of a cross-dressing party – in its Hackney Wick home.

Oscar winning film The Artist is set to be screened on 3 March
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
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.

An exclusive performance by Labrinth will be screened on 25 February
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
22 February 2013

Wireless Festival tickets up for grabs exclusively for Hackney residents

HACKNEY residents have a chance to grab much sought after tickets for the Wireless Festival, which features headliners Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.

Jay-Z is to headline Wireless festival at the Olympic Park
21 February 2013

Win tickets to see cult classic films at Hackney Wick theatre The Yard

DESTINATION Hackney is giving away tickets to a new cult film season at The Yard theatre.

All About My Mother will be shown at The Yard in Hackney Wick on 24 Feb
21 February 2013

Victorian-era TV crime drama re-tells first-ever murder on a British railway train

A BBC TV documentary which debuts tonight, Murder On The Victorian Railway, retells the story of a brutal killing that shocked and captured the imagination of Victorian society.

 Robert Whitelock plays tenacious detective Richard Tanner in Murder on the Victorian Railway
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
15 February 2013

We love weekends

IF you’re looking for an exciting new read, an accessible night out with a difference, or live African music, Hackney’s got it all this weekend.

Bi Kidude is probably the oldest performer on the world stage
14 February 2013

Win tickets to see the English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire

THE English Touring Opera brings a feast of entertainment to Hackney Empire with a focus on storytelling through ‘bel canto’ (beautiful singing).

Simon Boccanegra will be performing at Hackney Empire with the English Touring Opera
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
12 February 2013

Do you have any WWI photographs for an upcoming exhibition?

HACKNEY Museum is pulling together a collection of memories, photographs, printed material and artefacts that document Hackney during the war years 1914 to 1918.

Stoke Newington Church Street with First World War tank being used to encourage enlistment c.1916
12 February 2013

Chelsea Fringe looks East for green-fingered enthusiasts

CHELSEA Fringe returns to Hackney this summer and is looking for innovative artists, gardeners and landscape designers to contribute to this celebration of plants and growing spaces across London.

Dalston Eastern Curve garden was part of Chelsea Fringe last year
11 February 2013

Don't turn your nose up at Hackney's drainage system

WHEN visitors go to Hackney Archives in order to investigate the history of their house, they are often surprised to be advised to start by looking at the drainage records for the building.

Hoxton Street: Hackney Archives hold drainage reports to help research the history of a home
8 February 2013

We love weekends

Brand new jazz, an indie flick premiere, vintage fashion, top class comedy or youth street art classes… all are on offer in Hackney this weekend.

Django Bates performs at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston
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
4 February 2013

New arts and events space opens in former Stoke Newington shop

A NEW creative space has opened in Stoke Newington and its founders are looking for local collaborators interested in using it as a studio or gallery.

East London Furniture has set up shop in Meanwhile Space, Stoke Newington
1 February 2013

Showcase event for Hackney's hidden gems of public buildings

AN open house event is being held next month to showcase Hackney's impressive array of event venues.

West Reservoir Centre in Hackney can be hired for wedding receptions, private parties and meetings
1 February 2013

We love weekends

THERE'S fun for all on offer in Hackney this weekend, unless you've got a clown phobia that is ...

Clown Joseph Grimaldi will be remembered in a service at Trinity Church in Hackney
31 January 2013

Win tickets to digital comedy night at Pub on the Park

THERE are 10 different types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t. See it’s funny because 10 actually means two in binary code. Ho ho...hmmm…cough.

Comic Sanderson Jones will be performing at a new digital comedy night at Pub on the Park, London Fields
31 January 2013

Environmental sustainability exhibition to open at Hackney Museum

A NEW exhibition at Hackney Museum is offering a snapshot of urban sustainability at a local level.

Environmental photography exhibition to open at Hackney Museum
30 January 2013

London 2012 inspired sports challenge needs Hackney young people as ambassadors

A NEW healthy living initiative for those living, working and going to school in the London 2012 Games host boroughs, which includes Hackney, needs enthusiastic young people to take on the role of 'ambassador'.

Take 12+ Challenge is a fun way for people of all ages to get active
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
29 January 2013

Myth and modernity collide in Mare Rider at the Arcola Theatre

IN a venue as intimate as the studio at Arcola Theatre, the first thing you see is important. The set of Mare Rider is a starched white room in a hospital ward with a single bed on which a middle-aged woman sleeps.

Anna Francolini as Selma and Kathryn Hunter as Elka in Mare Rider at Arcola Theatre
28 January 2013

Sappho's fragmented past comes together at White Rabbit

A ONE woman play about one of history’s most enigmatic characters, Sappho... in nine fragments, explores the missing gaps in the ancient Greek poet’s life.

Victoria Grove plays the title role in Sappho in nine fragments
25 January 2013

We love weekends

THIS weekend's selection of what's on in Hackney features a funny film festival, entertaining children’s theatre and a night of jazz and poetry with Michael Rosen.

Sam Fletcher is to perform comedy at Rich Mix
24 January 2013

London 2012 stadium to host Diamond League meet

BRITAIN'S Olympic stars will again compete against the world's best athletes when the British Athletics London Grand Prix comes to east London in July.

London 2012 saw a huge resurgence of athletics interest in the UK
23 January 2013

Hackney Empire wins £340k refurbishment funding

GRADE II listed theatre Hackney Empire has won £340,000 worth of funding for building repairs and maintenance.

Hackney Empire plans to use the money to repair leaks and improve disability access
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
18 January 2013

We love weekends

Variety is spicing up Hackney this weekend so pick and mix from a performance of stand up and tragedy; hip hop turning up the volume on human rights; and a historical legend given a modern twist.

Frankenweenie 3D is showing at Rio Cinema
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.

14 January 2013

Fashion guru earns MBE in New Year honours list

FASHION label guru Rosie Wolfenden features among the many Hackney luminaries named on the 2013 New Year honours list.

Tatty Devine co-founder Rosie Wolfenden earns an MBE for services to fashion
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?

9 January 2013

Kickstart your New Year health drive in Hackney

KEEPING those good New Year resolutions needn't be a chore. Destination Hackney brings you a host of fun and healthy things to do to recover from last month's overindulgence.

One of the many routes at the Castle Climbing Centre in Stoke Newington
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

Applications for Hackney BFI Film Academy open

BRITISH Film Institute (BFI) and youth arts charity Eastside is offering Hackney-based free filmmaking courses for 16 to 19 year olds.

BFI Film Academy is offering free film courses for young people
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
20 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Free bacon or egg naan from Dishoom in Shoreditch

A FREE breakfast bacon or egg naan from Dishoom, a Bombay style café in Shoreditch, is the latest deal from local businesses and Destination Hackney.

Dishoom in Shoreditch is offering a free breakfast
19 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Monkee Genes

ETHICAL independent fashion label Monkee Genes is offering 15 per cent off its clothing for Make Hackney Sparkle's latest Christmas deal.

Monkee Genes is offering 15 per cent off its clothing
19 December 2012

Win a pair of tickets to New Year's Eve party Tropicalista at Rich Mix

DESTINATION Hackney has a pair of tickets to give away for Tropicalista, Rich Mix’s monster New Year’s Eve party featuring heavy carnival rhythms and latin beats.

Arriba la Cumbia are promoting latin and Brazilian music at Tropicalista 2012
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">
18 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Shane's On Chatsworth

GET 10 per cent off your meal at Shane’s On Chatsworth, an E5 restaurant focused on serving seasonal and British sourced food.

Get 10 per cent off British grub at this Chatsworth Road restaurant
17 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Hackney Pearl mulled cider

BUY a mulled cider and get another free at Hackney Pearl in Make Hackney Sparkle's second offer with the restaurant.

Get two mulled ciders for the price of one at Hackney Pearl
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
14 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Native Union Pop Phones

TWENTY per cent off a stylish Pop Phone from pioneering designers at Native Union, is the latest deal from local businesses and Destination Hackney.

20 per cent off Native Union pop phones
13 December 2012

Win four limited edition tote bags created by Hackney designers

DESTINATION Hackney has limited edition 'Love Hackney, Shop Local' tote bags designed by four east London fashion designers available to win.

The free bags are designed by Simone Rocha, Atalanta Weller, Mark Fast and William Richard Green
13 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

HAVE a free glass of Prosecco at Jamie Oliver’s acclaimed Hoxton apprenticeship restaurant Fifteen.

Jamie Oliver and the apprentices from Fifteen
12 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Hackney Pearl

HEARTY, high quality grub at a snip, in a relaxed and unpretentious setting, is the next deal from local businesses and Destination Hackney.

Hackney Pearl offers hearty food in an unpretentious environment
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
11 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Voodoo Ray's

CUT-price late night pizza at Voodoo Ray’s is the next offer in Destination Hackney’s series of Christmas money saving deals.

Voodoo Rays in Kingsland High Street is offering 20 per cent off pizzas
10 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Chinese Herbal Medicine

MORE money off deals are being offered all this week by Destination Hackney, shops and restaurants in the East London borough.

In traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is a muscle relaxant that calms the body
7 December 2012

Dick Whittington and his Cat is intoxicating festive fun at Hackney Empire

SUSIE McKenna’s ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ has young and old shouting, dancing and singing in an evening of intoxicating entertainment.

Dick Whittington and his Cat is on at Hackney Empire until 6 Jan
7 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Hoxton Hotel

DESTINATION Hackney is continuing its Christmas daily deals and gifts from businesses across Hackney with a £69 per room offer at Hoxton Hotel.

Hoxton Hotel is offering rooms for £69
6 December 2012

UK’s first zero-packaging grocery store finds a new home in Hackney

A NEW East London refill grocery store where customers bring their own food packaging has opened on Richmond Road, E8.

Customers can fill their own containers with Unpackaged produce
6 December 2012

Make Hackney Sparkle daily deal: Mark Hix's Tramshed

IN the countdown to Christmas, Destination Hackney is offering money off daily deals and gifts from businesses across Hackney.

Rivington Street restaurant Tramshed is offering 20 per cent off meals
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.

27 November 2012

Hoxton youth charity seeks volunteers to man its 'monster supplies' shop

CREATIVE writing charity Ministry of Stories is searching for volunteers to help run its Hackney novelty store during the busy Christmas period.

About A Boy author Nick Hornby co-founded Ministry of Stories in Hoxton Street
26 November 2012

Entry opens for young people's talent contest at Hackney Empire

VIDEO submissions have opened for an East London talent competition looking for the freshest new performers.

Dancer Tolu Okamnlawon won the Alter Ego talent competition in 2012
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
21 November 2012

Impromptu ukulele show entertains crowds ahead of Mencap charity gig

OLLY Murs and Loveable Rogues fans took part in a ukulele flashmob yesterday evening at St John-at-Hackney Church.

Ukulele and singing performances took place outside St John-at-Hackney Church
20 November 2012

Hoxton Hall secures £1.8million restoration grant

HOXTON Hall in Shoreditch has received almost £1.8million in funding.

Hoxton Hall has secured £1.8million in funding for restoration work
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
19 November 2012

'My Brother the Devil' director puts Hackney on the international stage

LUSH, green leaves clash against the blue and white panelling of Homerton flats; clear skies look beautifully saturated; an over-the-shoulder shot on top of an estate shows the borough’s night-time sprawl and urban mystery. In some ways, feature film My Brother the Devil feels like a love letter to Hackney.

Writer, director, producer and Hackney resident Sally El-Hosani, who shot My Brother the Devil in the borough
16 November 2012

More tickets released for Little Noise Sessions

MUSIC fans have a last chance to bag much sought after tickets to the Little Noise Sessions at St John-at-Hackney church.

Performers at charity festival Little Noise Sessions will include Olly Murs
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
13 November 2012

Review of 'but i cd only whisper' at Dalston's Arcola Theatre

THIS is the news you won’t hear on your TV, the lives you won’t read about in the newspaper headlines. So concludes the story of black Vietnam veteran, Beau Willie Brown, as told in a new play at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre.

but i cd only whisper premiers at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston
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

Clissold House to hold wedding venue open day

FUTURE brides and grooms hunting for their ideal wedding venue can explore Clissold House's facilities during an open day on 17 November.

Clissold House will hold a wedding open day on 17 November
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
7 November 2012

The world's best bars found in Hackney, says drinks industry poll

HACKNEY has some of the best bars in the world, according to a respected annual survey.

Calloh Callay on Rivington Street was named the ninth best bar in the world
7 November 2012

Five new youth centres open in Hackney

ARE you, or do you know a young person, aged between eight and 19, who struggles to find things to do in East London?

The iconic Forest Road Young Hackney youth centre in Dalston
6 November 2012

Milliner Piers Atkinson gets inspiration from 'walking down the street in Hackney'

WALKING into milliner Piers Atkinson’s Hackney Downs studio is like entering one of Roald Dahl’s fantastical sweet shops.

Milliner Piers Atkinson at his Hackney Downs studio
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
5 November 2012

Photo auction to raise money for East London HIV charity

LONDON 2012 gold medallists Mo Farah and Jody Cundy are among the amateur photographers to have donated pictures to raise money for an HIV charity.

Hoxton Apprentice to host photo auction for East London HIV charity
5 November 2012

Hackney Hear mobile phone app wins innovation award

A HACKNEY-based smartphone app, Hackney Hear, has won an innovation accolade at the Prix Europa Radio Production of the Year Awards.

The Hackney Hear app allows you to explore London Fields like a local
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
1 November 2012

Graeae picks up diversity prize at the TMA Theatre Awards

EAST London disability theatre company Graeae has won the promotion of diversity of prize at the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Theatre Awards.

Graeae Theatre director Jenny Sealey created the acclaimed Paralymic Games opening ceremony
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
30 October 2012

Gary Barlow added to line-up for Little Noise Sessions at St John-at-Hackney

LITTLE Noise Sessions has announced Gary Barlow, Amy Macdonald and Olly Murs as the latest additions to the line-up for the charity concert at St John-at-Hackney Church.

Gary Barlow will perform on 19 November at St John at Hackney Church
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
25 October 2012

The Geffrye Museum's director on the changing face of Hackney

MORE and more visitors are coming to the borough, according to a long-standing museum director who can remember very different times.

David Dewing has been director of Geffrye Museum for more than 20 years
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

Stoke Newington social enterprise scoops award

HACKNEY-based social enterprise Growing Communities has been named the UK's best independent retailer in The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2012.

Buy produce direct from growers at Stoke Newington Farmers Market
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

Pringle of Scotland kicks off new luxury fashion quarter development in Hackney

LUXURY knitwear label Pringle of Scotland opened a new store in Hackney today (19 October) – and is offering a 10 per cent discount on all sales over its first weekend.

Pringle of Scotland store on Morning Lane in Hackney
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
19 October 2012

300 tickets for Little Noise Sessions reserved for Hackney residents

A LIMITED amount of Little Noise Session tickets have been set aside for Hackney residents to ensure local people get to attend the charity festival.

Haunting indie folk trio Daughter are set to play Little Noise Sessions
18 October 2012

Half price ticket deal for 'Meet the Adebanjos' at Hackney Empire

FOLLOWING packed out performances in July, the stage version of an online hit sitcom is opening for two days at Hackney Empire.

Meet the Adebanjos started as an internet hit
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
15 October 2012

Gypsy music project brings Eastern European culture to East London

AN Eastern Europe and Balkans music charity is set to entertain and inspire young people with gypsy art and culture.

Magic of Making Music is the brainchild of London Gypsy Orchestra
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
10 October 2012

First acts announced for all-star charity concert Little Noise Sessions

RICHARD Hawley, Noah and The Whale, and The Maccabees are the first headliners to be announced for Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions 2012.

The Maccabees will perform their Mercury nominated album Given to the Wild
10 October 2012

Vote for your favourite building or public space in Hackney

THE short list of 19 buildings and public spaces nominated for the 2012 Hackney Design Awards has been unveiled and people are now being invited to vote for their favourite scheme.

Hackney Design Awards short list announced
9 October 2012

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend up for awards

THE BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend has secured four nominations in this year's UK Festival Awards, which celebrate the best in music event management.

Hackney Weekend has received four nominations including best headliner for the Jay Z performance
9 October 2012

Free tote bags available for Hackney shoppers

SHOPPERS who spend more than £10 in participating markets can get a free tote bag created by Hackney designers.

The free bags are designed by Simone Rocha and Atalanta Weller
8 October 2012

New show from Hackney playwright Hywel John

IT used to be 'salt of the earth', but now one hate-filled word, above all others, is used to describe Jade Goody, NDubz, footballers and countless others from working class backgrounds. Chavs.

Hywel John has written his take on the similarities between classes
5 October 2012

We love...weekends

MINI art and mini singers feature in venues across Hackney this weekend. Here's Destination Hackney's recommendations of things to do with your time off:

African Cowfoot at Rich Mix this weekend
4 October 2012

Win tickets to comedy show 'Sink or Shpin'

FITNESS and comedy lovers alike can prepare for an evening of endorphin rushes and shortness of breath at Boom! Cycle this month.

Sink or Shpin follows fitness instructor Clements and his struggles after a failed marriage
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
25 September 2012

David Mossman: 'Put the music first and the rest will take care of itself'

IN between the half-full wine glasses, flickering candles, classic décor, and diminutive tables, drift the notes of some of the best jazz performers in the world.

Dave Mossman admits the Vortex was never meant to be a jazz club
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
21 September 2012

Mothers' days: Caring for destitute pregnant women

IN the late 1800s, giving birth outside of marriage carried massive social stigma. No maternity facilities were provided for single mothers apart from those of the local workhouse, where many of those disowned by their families or employers ended up.

A new mother signs the birth register at a Hackney hospital
20 September 2012

Open House: See Hackney's architecture up close

TAKE the chance to discover great architecture in the borough, as buildings in Hackney throw open their doors to the public this weekend for free.

Clissold House is free to all for Open House London
18 September 2012

Let the Games' legacy begin

WORK to ensure a lasting legacy for the Olympic Park has already begun, with £292million set aside to transform the area.

An artistic impression of the future South Plaza in the Olympic Park
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
12 September 2012

Review: Queens of the Undead

QUEENS of the Undead is a contemporary collection by Kimathi Donkor offering powerful visual depictions of heroic black women from Africa and its diasporas.

Jonny was born aloft by Kimathi Donkor
11 September 2012

Win tickets to the East Ender festival

DISCO re-edit champion Greg Wilson, alternative hip hop mavericks JJ Doom and Notting Hill Carnival hero Norman Jay are among the headliners of an arts and music party at Village Underground.

East Ender will feature JJ Doom and Norman Jay
10 September 2012

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hackney has some of the best food in London

HARDEEP Singh Kohli has packed a lot into his 43 years: he's a comedian, TV presenter, radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist. But his first love is most definitely food.

Hardeep Singh Kohli plans to open a Dalston restaurant
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
3 September 2012

The Rock stops robbery while filming Fast and the Furious 6 in Hackney

ACTOR The Rock is rumoured to have single-handedly foiled an attempted robbery in Hackney over the weekend.

The Rock foils robbery in Hoxton
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
31 August 2012

Win tickets to The Golden Years of Variety

IN association with The Grand Order Of Water Rats, Hackney Empire is putting on a comedy evening entitled 'The Golden Years of Variety'.

Win tickets to see old-school comedy at Hackney Empire
30 August 2012

Paralympics 'transforms perceptions'

THE duo behind the Paralympic Games opening ceremony said they 'couldn't be prouder' to have directed the show. 

Reasons to be Cheerful band played at the Paralympics opening ceremony
30 August 2012

Inspirational torchbearers lead Paralympic party

STILL mourning the passing of the Olympics? Worry not: the Paralympic Games lit up Hackney on its way to deliver another banquet of sport across East London.

Aneurin Wood and Sharon Jones-Barnes with torch
29 August 2012

Street Feast sets out stall

A FRIDAY night food market has set out its stall permanently in Hackney – although it is keeping the new location under wraps for now.

Street Feast at Thames House photo by Chris McIntosh
29 August 2012

Torch to light up the square

THE Paralympic torch relay is set to reach the borough this evening backed up by entertainment outside Hackney Town Hall.

The Paralympic logo
24 August 2012

Ex-boxer Watson named torchbearer

HACKNEY-born former boxer Michael Watson will be among the torchbearers taking part in the Paralympic flame relay.

Michael Watson said he was over the moon to be a torchbearer
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23 August 2012

It's not over yet

A TEAM of five Hackney sports enthusiasts will be among 580 inspirational torch bearers who will bring the Paralympic flame to London, and through Hackney, in time for Wednesday's opening ceremony.

The Paralympic Games will feature sports such as wheelchair rugby
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
14 August 2012

Win tickets to 1234 Shoreditch

PUNK legends Buzzcocks have been announced as headliners for this year’s 1234 Shoreditch festival and Destination Hackney is giving away a pair of tickets to the event.

Citizens! are one of the headliners at 1234 Shoreditch
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
6 August 2012

Get fit this summer

RESIDENTS inspired by the Olympics are being encouraged to get involved in a programme of free weekly fitness events.

Parks for Life participants show off their I Love Hackney badges
4 August 2012

Great sporting pastimes

THE 2012 Olympiad has showcased more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries, competing in 39 disciplines across 26 sports, from aquatics to wrestling, so hopefully everyone found something to enjoy.

Archery at the Robin Hood tavern in 1800
3 August 2012

Watch Jess and Ben go for gold

HEPTATHLETE Jessica Ennis and sailor Ben Ainsley are favourites to take gold at London 2012 this weekend. Watch the two British stars battle for Olympic glory for free in Haggerston Park.

Getting into the Olympic spirit
28 July 2012

Olympic big screen draws big crowds

HAGGERSTON Park played host to an Olympic opening ceremony party on 27 July when more than 4,000 spectators came out to watch the historic event on a free big screen.

Revellers enjoying the atmosphere at  the park
27 July 2012

Let the Games begin

DANNY Boyle’s Olympic opening extravaganza on 27 July showcased the best of British: from the NHS and the UK's history of immigration to the Suffragette movement and Harry Potter.

The Olympic opening ceremony kept things local
27 July 2012

Giant 'I Love Hackney' sign painted on Mabley Green

A MASSIVE ‘I Love Hackney’ logo has been painted on Mabley Green to mark the 2012 Games.

The I Love Hackney sign can be seen from the Olympic Park
26 July 2012

Haggerston Park to screen Olympic Games

FROM 20.12pm, on Friday, 27 July, Haggerston Park will be a window on the 2012 Games, as the Olympic opening ceremony is broadcast live on a big screen – for free.

Haggerston Park will host a big screen during the Games
24 July 2012

His greatest fight to date

MICHAEL Watson is laughing. With thick belly laughs and full-sized chuckles, he jokes and feigns punches with members at Hackney charity Headway East London. Those distressing live TV images from 21 September 1991 at White Hart Lane seem like a lifetime away.

Michael Watson beat the odds on the road to recovery
22 July 2012

Free festival at the heart of Shoreditch

YOU would have thought the last thing a three-year-old needs is a giant octopus trying to turn them into a sea monster.

Shoreditch Festival featured free music, parkour and high jinx
21 July 2012

Dalston celebrates Rio-London partnership

LOUD beats and lots of cheering could be heard far and wide from Gillett Square as a huge crowd gathered for Dance Nations Dalston.

Carnival groups from Rio and Hackney dance to the beats in Dalston
21 July 2012

One Hackney Festival parade pulsates to the music

THE streets teemed with colour, creativity, rhythm and bass for One Hackney Festival parade on Saturday, 21 July – ahead of the arrival of the Olympic torch.

Local carnival groups worked with artists from Rio for the colourful parade
21 July 2012

Hackney Central village fete welcomes Olympic torch

HACKNEY Central greeted the Olympic torch with live entertainment and a village fete-style event on Saturday 21 July, as part of the One Hackney Festival.

The village fete at Hackney Central brought in a steady stream of visitors
20 July 2012

Breaking records in Hackney Wick

BEFORE the Olympic Park was built most people would not have associated Hackney with international athletics. However, 150 years ago world records were being made and broken within a mile of where the Olympic stadium now stands.

The running track at the White Lion public house in 1862
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
13 July 2012

Rio and Hackney collaborate for colourful parade

THE most spectacular street parade that Hackney has ever seen will take place on Saturday, 21 July, to welcome the Olympic torch to the borough.

Local performers will join artists from Rio for the One Hackney Festival parade
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
9 July 2012

A long tradition of rowing in Hackney

ONE of the most physically demanding events in the Olympic and Paralympic Games is rowing, requiring incredible strength and stamina.

Lea River Regatta, 1969
5 July 2012

DJ Westwood judges local open mic show

BBC Radio 1’s Tim Westwood visited Hackney Community College (HCC) on 4 July to see some burgeoning talent.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood visits Hackney Community College
4 July 2012

Independent state run by children is launched

HAVE you ever wondered what would happen if children ran the country? Well, Hackney-based charity the Ministry of Stories teamed up with youngsters to set up their own state and find out.

Author Nick Hornby and youngsters wave their independent state passports
29 June 2012

'100% London' tells the capital's story

THE capital is made up of many and various faces. A new, innovative theatre production, '100% London',  acquainted London audiences with another 100 of the city's 7.5 million faces through a living, breathing – and even mooning – portrait of the city.

100% London aims to tell the story of the capital through its inhabitants
25 June 2012

Rattling the sabre

MAVERICK Sabre bounces across the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend stage with the confidence of a veteran performer, drawing in the crowds with a combination of soulful dubstep, eerie folk, hip hop, rhythm and blues and East London stage banter.

Michael Stafford, aka Maverick Sabre, owns the stage at Hackney Weekend
25 June 2012

The regeneration of Hoxton Square

THE much loved public space of Hoxton Square began life in October 1683, when the Austen family leased the southern area of what was known as the Church Field – part of their Hoxton landholdings – to Samuel Blewitt and London ship owner and merchant Robert Hackshaw.

North side of Hoxton Square in 1969
24 June 2012

Labrinth plays on home turf

HACKNEY hit maker Labrinth got a warm welcome when he appeared before a home crowd at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on Sunday, 24 June.

Homegrown artist Labrinth was excited to be back in Hackney
24 June 2012

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend rocks the Marshes

KNOWN for the muddy dramas of amateur football, Hackney Marshes became a music aficionado’s playground on 23 and 24 June as huge acts gave the performance of their lives at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Headliner Jay-Z and surprise guest Rihanna wow the crowd on day one
24 June 2012

Rihanna reigns over Hackney

HACKNEY Weekend came to a rousing end on Sunday night with headline act, Rihanna, treating the crowd to a storming set of hits.

Global superstar Rihanna closes Hackney Weekend
23 June 2012

Behind the scenes at Hackney Weekend

BEHIND every major festival are hundreds of volunteers who make it happen – and the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 is no exception.

Hundreds of Hackney volunteers helped make the festival happen
23 June 2012

Introducing new East End talent

HACKNEY-based youth engagement charity Rising Tide offers young people a credible pathway into the music industry – and for six young artists this culminated in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform live at Hackney Weekend.

Dalston resident Issac Danquah, 18, played on the BBC Introducing stage
23 June 2012

Jay-Z runs this town

EMERGING from the darkness with fellow headliner Rihanna by his side, the US superstar rapper urged Hackney to ‘bounce’.

Jay-Z brought the first day of the Hackney Weekend to an inspirational close
23 June 2012

Taking art from the streets

LOCAL street artists came together to help decorate caravans being used as DJ booths for the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend.

Hackney artist Martin, 19, in front of the painted DJ caravan booth
22 June 2012

'66 Minutes in Damascus' re-enacts Syrian violence

AUDIENCES are dragged, quite literally, one step closer to the violent crisis in Syria, with a theatre production that recreates some of the darker circumstances now gripping the country.

66 Minutes in Damascus gives an insight into life in Syria
22 June 2012

Leaving an impression

AS Rihanna struts on to the stage at the close of the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, the event director Jason Carter will feel an overwhelming sense of achievement.

Jason Carter is the man behind the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend and Academy
18 June 2012

Haggerston Park celebrates its 55th anniversary

JUNE 2012 marks the 55th anniversary of the opening of Haggerston Park, which saw an area that had been scarred by industry and derelict housing transformed into a much-loved open space.

The site of Haggerston Basin where the canal has been filled in
18 June 2012

Lovebox festival celebrates 10-year anniversary in style

EAST London’s premier festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in typical style on 15 to 17 June, with a bill that featured hot breakthrough acts like Rita Ora alongside Lovebox favourites including Grace Jones.

Grace Jones sang and hula-hooped her way through Slave to the Rhythm
18 June 2012

Racking up gold medals

SHARON Jones-Barnes is a para-badminton champion and award-winning coach for residents and injured UK soldiers returning from Iraq – quite a resume for someone who only started playing the game seriously four years ago.

Para-badminton champion and award-winning coach, Sharon Jones-Barnes
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
6 June 2012

Dizzee Rascal gives advice to Hackney youth

AROUND 200 aspiring musicians attended a music Q&A with popstar Dizzee Rascal and Radio 1Xtra DJ Target at Hackney Picturehouse on 6 June.

Dizzee Rascal visits the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Hackney Academy
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5 June 2012

Rudimental to judge inter-continental talent show

HOMEGROWN chart toppers Rudimental are to judge a talent show at Hackney Empire – with a prize that includes performing at one of the world's most famous music halls.

Local talent Rudimental outside the Hackney Empire
4 June 2012

She's got the X Factor

LEONA Lewis is even more beautiful in real life than she is on screen. With a glossy mane of hair, perfectly manicured nails and impeccable make-up, the Hackney singer could make any girl feel intimidated. But she’s so nice I find myself unashamedly bonding with the former X Factor winner over being a fellow geek. 

Leona Lewis takes her role as an Ambassador for the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend seriously
1 June 2012

All hands on decks

HACKNEY stars Leona Lewis and Labrinth were on hand to answer young residents’ questions at the launch of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Academy.

Young people at the Academy launch
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
30 May 2012

Her kind of place

BETWEEN the nationwide concerts, interviews, and guest spots on TV shows, only in the hectic life of Paloma Faith could a tour of Germany be ‘restful’.

Hackney-bred Paoloma Faith is unashamedly proud of the borough
28 May 2012

Naked ambition

WHEN Hackney boy Phillips Idowu won silver at the Beijing Olympics, he may have been disappointed, but everyone watching was sure we’d be seeing a lot more of this talented triple jumper.

Triple jumper Phillips Idowu is looking forward to London 2012
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
15 May 2012

From Holly Street to Hollywood

AT the time of our interview, actor Idris Elba is in London reprising his role as the brilliant but troubled detective ‘Luther’, for the second series of the hit BBC drama of the same name.

Hackney-born Idris Elba believes education is the key to achievement
10 May 2012

The East End queen

MANY celebrities spend their whole lives trying to escape their past. Not Barbara Windsor. She is proud of her roots, in fact, she’s built a successful career on them, and has never lost touch with the places and people that helped make her a national treasure.

Actress Barbara Windsor still loves visiting Hackney
7 May 2012

A rebel with applause

SAT in his local shop, Palm 2 in Lower Clapton, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay watches the lunchtime hustle and bustle unfold. Chatting to the shopkeepers and customers, while sipping his ‘usual’ coffee, Lemn seems very much at home.

Lemn Sissay was the first of five poets commissioned to write about the Olympic Park
6 May 2012

Land of Kings festival reigns supreme in Dalston

SPRAWLING over the weekend of 4 and 5 May, Land of Kings reigned supreme over Dalston for the fourth year running.

Land of Kings festival proved a hit with music fans
1 May 2012

A cupboard full of ideas

WHAT'S it like putting your work, with all its intimate aspects and introspection, up for critical consumption?

Author Yvvette Edwards said she was honoured to be listed for the Booker prize

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