Man performing at Hackney One carnival


THE array of festivals that take place in Hackney throughout the year is as diverse as the borough itself. As a creative hub, Hackney is home to some of East London’s most prominent arts and music celebrations.

For starters, there is Land Of Kings, which unites Dalston’s premiere music and club venues in one massive party over two nights, to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, the latest up-and-coming event for wordsmiths and bookworms alike.

While the Day-Mer Art and Culture Festival celebrates the area’s large Turkish and Kurdish communities, micro local festivals in Shoreditch, Clapton, and Hackney Wick showcase each area's creativity, culture and produce. Hackney also hosts its own LGBT film festivals.

Plus 2012 saw residents welcoming the Olympic torch to the borough on 21 July with a borough-wide festival, One Hackney, featuring a carnival parade, which included performers from Rio, and parties around Hackney.

Hackney Film Festival

AS well as being a borough of enthusiastic film-goers, Hackney also has a vibrant community of film-makers. The annual Hackney Film Festival aims to support this rich culture by hosting a public forum for borough filmmakers and audio-visual artists to exhibit their work to the local community and a wider London audience.

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Hackney Wick Festival

THE official annual festival of Hackney Wick, this free event celebrates London’s artists quarter every September, with a wide-ranging programme of activities for all ages. The focus of the Hackney Wick Festival is community and the event is organised by residents, schools and businesses, working closely with voluntary groups, charities and Hackney Council to strengthen and promote local services and culture.

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