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WANT to know what you can do in Hackney this evening, next weekend, or next month? Then look no further, for the first time, information on the vast array of amazing events and activities happening every day in the borough, has been collected together on this website.

Destination Hackney features free listings information about arts; cinema; clubs; comedy, community events; days out; fun for all the family; museums; music; sport; theatre; and activities for the over 50s and young people.

Just search a date and get exploring everything the borough has to offer.

01 December 2017 9am to 01 March 2019 5pm

Older people's alternative therapy treatments

Subsidised massage, osteopathy, acupuncture treatments for older people. Prices on a sliding scale. The older you are the cheaper the treatment. For example, if you're over 70 a half hour treatment is £17. Call to book.

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05 February 2018 430pm to 05 February 2019 6pm

Yard Youth: theatre-making for 12-16 year olds

Join Yard Youth and work alongside world class artists to tear up everything you thought theatre could be, then build something extraordinary in its place. Yard Youth are The Yard Theatre's radical theatre-makers. We meet weekly, every Monday in term time, in Hackney Wick to experiment, play and create a phenomenal new world. More information: bit.ly/2CTt0FU.

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16 April 2018 910am to 26 May 2018 1010am

Coffee Run

A social running group that trains from 0-5k in just 6 weeks. Ideal for complete beginners or those returning to running after a break. You're not too old, too fat or too unfit to join. And you will finish a 5k at the end of the 6 weeks. We meet Mon and Wed at 9.10am for 6 weeks then do a 5k together on the final Saturday

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23 April 2018 10am to 11 June 2018 1130am

Alexander Technique Six Session Course

Early bird by 6 April £65. Late payment £72. Suitable for beginners and returners. Learn Alexander Technique concepts, develop awareness and mindful movement so you can reduce pain and tension plus increase wellbeing. Lying down procedure, hands-on work, gentle experiential games. April 23, 30; May 14, 21; June 4, 11. Due to bank holidays the 6 classes are spread over 8 weeks. Max 10 participants so please enrol in advance: http://bit.ly/2usT9HJ.

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16 April 2018 6pm to 16 July 2018 830pm

Menopause workshops

Free 12 week course looking at all aspects of the menopause including: stress and anxiety, sleep, hot flushes and how to manage them. Every Monday for 12 weeks excluding bank holidays.

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16 April 2018 1030am to 30 July 2018 1130am

Chi Kung (Qigong)

Meditative exercise for physical and emotional wellbeing. Movements are slow, gentle and flowing, performed with a relaxed yet focused mind. An energising and uplifting practice, good for flexibility, stamina, concentration and balance. All fitness levels welcome. Beginners welcome. Drop in £9; 7 consecutive classes £54.

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05 December 2017 1pm to 11 December 2018 2pm

Movement to Music - exercise class for the over 50s

Come and join our exercise class and have some fun while getting fit. Every Tuesday. Cost £1 per session.

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12 December 2017 12 noon to 01 September 2018 11pm

East London beer tour

This tour starts from Mason and Co near the Olympic Park and ends in the Hipster Shoreditch district.

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13 February 2018 12 noon to 18 December 2018 2pm

Coffee Club

The Coffee Club is organised by Choice In Hackney (Hosted by the Salvation Army), and gives disabled and elderly people in Hackney a chance to socialize with each other while taking part in relaxing activities (such as card games, drawing and reading). Lunch is provided, but costs £3 per session. Every Tuesday at 12 noon.

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21 February 2018 to 28 April 2018

Tours of the Geffrye Museum's historical almshouse

Visit the Geffrye Museum's restored 18th century almshouse for an evocative glimpse into the lives of the people who once lived there. Adults: £5. Children under 16: free. Places limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the main museum is now closed for a major development project. Tuesdays: 27 Feb, 13 and 27 March. Wednesdays: 21 Feb, 7 and 21 March. Saturdays: 3 and 17 March. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

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06 March 2018 8pm to 05 March 2019 930pm

Rachel James

A hatha flow class that supports both experienced and beginner students to unite body and mind through a fluid practice. Combining precision in the body's alignment with the breath to aid working from the inside out. This practice cultivates strength, tone and space to unwind. £11 drop in/ diiscount cards.

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17 April 2018 10am to 10 July 2018 1pm

Sewing for beginners

Our workshops support our students to gain an increase in their self-esteem and confidence a new skills set in sewing for fashion or their homes We also include a field trip. The fee is £50 including materials. For more information and to book, please email: info@creativelifestyel.org.uk

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24 April 2018 8pm to 1030pm

Ribbons & Taylor Comedy Club

Stoke Newington's number one comedy club in the intimate setting of Ribbons & Taylor cafe. Tickets are £8 in advance or £9 on the door. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ribbonsandtaylorcomedyclub. Please note there is a fee of 60p when buying online.

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18 April 2018 6pm to 23 May 2018 9pm

More Than Just Acting

New intense interactive masterclasses for actors 18+ wishing to hone their skills. These sessions will cover:
qualities of a consistently good actor, creating memorable characters, auditions technique, boost to general confidence. The workshop is lead by professional industry actors and directors. For info ring siobhan 02072494542.

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25 April 2018 230pm + 745pm to 12 May 2018

Don Juan

Charming? Egocentric? Etheist? Philanderer? Recently wed, Don Juan is about to commit adultery against his new wife. Accompanied by his servant, Sganarelle, he sets out in pursuit of his next amorous conquest.

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11 April 2018 430pm to 25 July 2018 630pm

Football training

Hackney Borough Youth FC training sessions are every Wednesday 4.30pm - 6.30pm at Clissold Park. First 4 weeks are completely free. School years - reception - year 3. To book your childs place contact Alan on 07702091647.

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26 December 2017 10am to 13 December 2018 11am

Over 50s exercise class

Indoor jogging and walking suitable for the over 50s with or without chronic health conditions. With strengthening exercises which can be done on the floor or seated. Every Thursday morning

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11 January 2018 6pm to 11 January 2019 730pm

Women's yoga class

The first class (11 Jan) is free. It's then £8 per class or £30 for 6 classes. People on benefits can attend for free. If you bring a friend, your next class is free.

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18 January 2018 730pm to 26 April 2018 830pm

Swing Patrol - Clapton

Join us for fun and friendly beginner Swing Dance classes with Swing Patrol. It's a great way to meet new people, have fun and get fit. Classes are £10. No need to book, no need to bring a partner and no experience necessary. Every Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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15 February 2018 11am to 03 May 2018 1230pm

Tai Chi coffee morning for the over 50s

Pay what you feel. Coffee & Cake. Tai Chi. Afforable osteopathy. Enjoy a morning of coffee and conversation while improving your mind and body with our Tai Chi classes run by Lucy Wudan. You can also have your aches and pains treated by our team of specialist osteopaths.

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21 February 1918 630pm to 29 November 2018 8pm

Hackney Community Orchestra

An orchestra for new learners and late starters, playing a range of accessible music from mediaeval to world music with a great bunch of like minded musicians

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26 April 2018 2pm to 3pm

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Experience the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) with diviner Freya Ingva in the beautiful surroundings of Springfield Park and its welcoming cafe. Enjoy the views or walk among notable trees of interest before an afternoon tea with a difference. £20 includes tea. Book in advance www.freyaingva.com. Also on 15 May and 7 June at the same times.

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19 April 2018 11am to 28 June 2018 1pm

Food For Life Social

Free weekly adult drop-in cook and eat session, every Thursday from 11am-1pm. At Food For Life Social, you will increase your confidence and motivation to cook meals and make healthier choices. Participants can attend up to 8 sessions per season. Book your place by calling Shoreditch Trust: 020 7033 8529

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26 April 2018 5pm to 7pm

Volunteer Fair

Want to get involved in your community but don't know where to start? Come and meet Volunteer Centre Hackney and local charities and discover how to get involved in your community. No matter how much free time you have, there are hundreds of ways to help local causes and residents.

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26 April 2018 9pm to 27 April 2018 2am

Born From Dub at 512 London with Lakseren, Sangre Voss and N.E.GIRL

We're taking over Dalston's 512 London alongside the AndWhat MC crew to give you a more underground vibe to your Thursday night with our headlining selectors. £3-£7.

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27 April 2018 6pm to 730pm

Jsai - handmade cosmetics evening

Introducing Jsai, a cosmetic brand launched by a young entrepreneur - come along to hear more about this fantastic product. A selection of handmade Shea butter products made with essential oils for skin and natural hair. £5 entry. Light refreshments available. For more info ring Siobhan on 02072494542.

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20 April 2018 4:00pm to 25 May 2018 6:00pm

Family cook & eat

Our free family cooking classes will teach you how to make healthy and tasty meals on a budget. We'll make new dishes and family favourites, from pizza, jerk chicken, kebabs to low sugar desserts and healthy baking. Book your place by calling Shoreditch Trust: 0207 033 8529. Every Friday 4pm - 6pm for 6 weeks from 20 April - 25 May.

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27 April 2018 9pm to 28 April 2018 3am

Dugout Soul Club - April 27

Guest DJs at Dugout this month, another pair of soul whoppers. Returning Dugout original, Steve Sullivan 'Whiskers', plus intrepid traveller and young blood Northern DJ now well sought out about town, Manuel Lovisutti (Spoonful, Breakaway Soul Club). Another lively mix of northern and classic soul 'n' funk, R&B 'n' Motown.

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27 January 2018 2pm to 26 January 2019 430pm

Women's Circle

Women meet together once a month to practice yoga and editation, in sync with the moon cycles. Share self-care, have tea, create a community of women to support each other in a safe space, throughout the year. £15 - please register in advance. Check for benefit and concession rates.

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28 April 2018 11am to 530pm

Fabrications Fashion Hackathon - Fashion Revolution Week

Calling all budding sewers, new designers and refashioners. Bring along your old clothes to Fabrications sustainable sewing studio and re design them into a whole new look. Basic sewing skills advised. £20 1/2 day session. Fabulous prizes will be offered for the best creations. Booking essential.

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07 April 2018 10am to 07 July 2018 1pm

Open Saturdays

St Mary's Secret Garden is delighted to announce that we will be open on Saturday mornings for everyone's enjoyment and relaxation. We will also be opne for selling our handraised plants and produce. Come and see us.

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21 April 2018 to 07 July 2018

The Music Box

The Music Box is a family programme for students aged 6 months - 4 years old and their parents/carers. Sessions involve singing, movement, games and a guest musician. Previous guest instruments have included: harp, tuba, cello, clarinet, percussion, African drum, Chinese dancing - the list goes on.

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21 April 2018 to 07 July 2018

I Can Sing!

ICS! offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre and performance training in dance, singing and stagecraft with leading professional artists. With repertoire ranging from Broadway hits to new operas, they gain new skills, confidence and firm friendships. Termly fees payable. Time dependent on programme. For more information, please contact HMDT Music.

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21 April 2018 9am to 07 July 2018 950am

Fledglings

Fledglings Foundation Course offers an introduction to music through singing, movement and games leading to end of term performances. Working with a music director and accompanist, children are introduced to a range of vocal repertoire, encouraged to find their voices and helped to develop their confidence and team-work. Fees payable.

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28 April 2018 to 07 July 2018

Music Treehouse SEND

Music Treehouse is for students with multiple, profound and complex Special Educational Needs. The main programme is for 11 plus but there are also currently limited places on our Under 5s session. For more information on the programme, please call 020 8882 8825.

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18 March 2018 6pm to 09 September 2018 8pm

6-a-side League Hackney

New 6-a-side league at Haggerston School, 3G pitch every Sunday, 18 teams playing 40 minute games. Qualified refs. For info www.soccersixes.net. Text ross 07581 040860.

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29 April 2018 2pm to 430pm

St Augustine's Tower open day

Hackney's oldest building will be open to the public. Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney. Disabled access to ground floor. Admission free.

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29 April 2018 10am to 5pm

Make your own Sculptural Bucket Coat

Make your own stylish coat from start to finish in a day. Guided by Tree from the popular YouTube sewing channel Stitchless TV using her pattern and your own cloth. £75 or £90 (with take away pattern). All levels welcome but basic sewing skills needed. Booking essential.

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01 May 2018 1100am to 1200pm

Tea + a Gig presents Midori Jaeger

Gigs for parents and bring your babies. In this May edition of our monthly daytime gig series, cellist and singer songwriter Midori Jaeger performs a set of her beautiful songs and new arrangements. #babieslikegoodmusictoo

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02 May 2018 5pm to 10 August 2018 730pm

The Queens Yard Company search for actors 15-19

The Yard Theatre is searching for daring, determined young actors to join our first ever in-house company. The Yard has a reputation for radicalism, for experimentation and for making really, really good theatre. Now we're forming a company. And we're looking for performers aged 15-19 to be part of it.

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03 May 2018 4pm to 05 July 2018 5pm

Young Vox N16 children's choir

A choir for 7 to 11 year olds in N16. We perform regularly with adult singers and professional musicians. This term we will work with composer Harvey Brough on his arrangement of the famous Beatles' album Sergeant Pepper for a performance in July. £50 per term - some free places. Thursdays from 3 May.

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03 May 2018 630pm to 930pm

Become a hip hop producer for the day

You will get a get hands-on experience on how to use music production software e.g. Logic Pro X which is used by all the great music producers. You will get to leave the workshop with a hot new hip hop beat that you created.

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05 May 2018 3pm to 11pm

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits Alldayer: Sweet Baboo

An eclectic and intriguing songwriter, Sweet Baboo is a master of gorgeous upbeat acoustic ditties, psychedelic exploration and wide-screen 1960s pop. Also playing the alldayer are Marine, Adwaith, Young Romance, Deerful, Panic Pocket and Red Red Eyes. Tickets are £12 from http://www.wegottickets.com/scaredtodance

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05 May 2018 11am to 1pm

Funny Women Workshop: Stand Up to Stand Out

Inspired by the Funny Women Awards? Have you ever dreamed of performing stand-up comedy? Do you have to speak in public? Funny Women has been running its Stand Up to Stand Out workshops for eight years and seen the start of many comedy careers. For more information, see https://www.hoxtonhall.co.uk/event/funny-women-workshop-stand-up-to-stand-out/.

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05 May 2018 10am to 5pm

Japanese Katagami stenciling in indigo

Create your own stencils from Washi paper. Using a rice paste receipe with the stencil this creates a resist design on fabric. Experiment and sampling with the techniques, learn about the history of Katagami stencilling in Japan and using indigo dye. £100. Booking essential.

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05 May 2018 11pm to 06 May 2018 3am

Scared To Dance: David Bowie Special

Expect to hear the best from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Young Americans, Low, "Heroes", Lodger, Let's Dance and more. £5 advance/£6 on the door.

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05 May 2018 11am to 3pm

Greenery Day

Plants at amazing prices. Quality clothes, bric-a-brac and more. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided.

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08 May 2018 10am to 05 June 2018 3pm

Developing Cake Decorating Enterprise Skills

Are you creative or enterprising? If yes - this is the workshop for you. Students will gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to: market a product, set a simple action plan, prepare a budget, sell products in pop up shop, start a micro business. £150 for info 02072494542.

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08 May 2018 4pm to 19 June 2018 6pm

Free family Cook and Eat sessions

Our free family cooking classes will teach you how to make healthy and tasty meals on a budget. We'll make new dishes and family favourites, from pizza, jerk chicken, kebabs to low sugar desserts and healthy baking. Book your place by calling Shoreditch Trust: 0207 033 8529. Every Tuesday, 4-6pm for 6 weeks from 8 May - 19 June.

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09 May 2018 815pm to 1015pm

The Rheingans Sisters album launch show

Tickets £14 adv/£16 door. Musicians, composers and folk music scholars The Rheingans Sisters release their third album Bright Field. Since their award winning album Already Home, the duo have cemented their reputation as an unmissable live act on the folk and world music stage, captivating audiences across the UK.

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10 May 2018 4:00pm to 21 June 2018 6:00pm

Free family cook and eat sessions

Our free family cooking classes will teach you how to make healthy and tasty meals on a budget. We'll make new dishes and family favourites, from pizza, jerk chicken, kebabs to low sugar desserts and healthy baking. Book your place by calling Shoreditch Trust: 0207 033 8529. Every Thursday 4pm to 6pm for 6 weeks from 10 May to 21st June (not including half term).

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13 May 2018 2pm to

Concert by Russian vocal ensemble

Lyra, a vocal ensemble from St Petersburg, will be singing folk songs and chants from the Russian Orthodox church. Back by popular demand, the singers will draw on Russia's fascinating musical heritage for an afternoon of beautiful singing.Tickets are £5.

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15 May 2018 2pm to 3pm

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Experience the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) with diviner Freya Ingva in the beautiful surroundings of Springfield Park and its welcoming cafe. Enjoy the views or walk among notable trees of interest before an afternoon tea with a difference. £20 includes tea. Book in advance www.freyaingva.com.

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16 May 2018 930pm to

Introduction to WORLDbyte's free film training for 15-25 year olds

Our pioneering school of citizen television, WORLDbytes, offers free camera training to anyone interested in making hard-hitting programmes which challenge the status quo. There will be an introductory session on Wednesday 16 May at 7.30pm. Everyone interested apply on our website.

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17 May 2018 8pm to 11pm

Das Brass live brass band, canalside in Hackney Wick - free entry

Das Brass get a crowd dancing and boogieing all night, whether it's to The White Stripe's Seven Nation Army or a funked up snippet of the Countdown theme. Craft and organic drinks and 10% of kitchen.

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19 May 2018 730pm to 11pm

Swing dance

Whether you're new to Swing dancing or an experienced dancer, don your best vintage attire and join us for a good old fashioned knees up.

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19 May 2018 11am to 5pm

Beginners' Crochet

Enter the world of crochet and get hooked. Get started with your hook and wool, learn how to hold your tools, create different stitches, introduce a new colour and simple design work, how to read a pattern. £35 1/2 day or £60 full day. Includes starter kit. Booking essential.

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20 May 2018 9am to 5pm

Hackney Half

Run the Hackney Half Marathon for Save KIDS Hackney Playground Appeal. Registration Fee: £20. Minimum Sponsorship: £250. Distance: 13.1 miles. By signing up, you will receive: a post reception celebration, a fundraising pack, a detailed training plan, your own KIDS running vest.

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25 May 2018 7pm to 3am

Apt: 014 x Visionquest

After an incredible first year anniversary... Shaun Reeves, Maher Daniel, Casey Spillman, Joe Vano, Tommy Rowe, Rawness. Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/219503-0?pid=2348. MobileApp: https://go.evvnt.com/219503-3?pid=2348.
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Prices: first release: £10, second release: £15.

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26 May 2018 10pm to 3am

Mixpak Takeover at Village Underground

Mixpak is back in London for a one-off special night at Village Underground. Advance tickets advised. Full line-up TBA. Advance tickets - £15.

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26 May 2018 10am to 5pm

Pride in the Park: family picnic

Free. Drop by for a relaxed day of children's activities, including a drag queen storyteller. Aimed at LGBTQI+ families in Hackney, their friends and allies. Bring along a picnic & enjoy the sunshine. Organised as part of Foster Care Fortnight, Hackney Pride 365 and Dalston Children's festivals.

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27 May 2018 2pm to 1030pm

Pieces for Pauline: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

A half-day event exploring and promoting Pauline Oliveros' 'deep listening' ideas through new works and improvisations, featuring Rhodri Davies and The Vocal Constructivists. Concert 1 doors open 2pm - concert starts 2.30pm. Workshop - 4pm. Concert 2 doors open 7.30pm - concert starts 8.30pm.

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29 May 2018 10am to 30 May 2018 4pm

SoundsCreative Ensemble for 8-14 year olds

A half-term music project for young musicians who play a musical instrument and want to be in a band. £90 per place/discount places available. Led by SCP's Creative Director Tara Franks, Violinist Preetha Narayanan and Guitarist Fernando Machado.

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02 June 2018 2pm to 7pm

Community fun and youth empowerment day

Join us as we celebrate our youth. A day for children of all ages. We are also raising money for Skyway charity. The charity works with young people in Hackney aged 8-25, running inspiring and positive activities, inspiring young people to achieve a positive future.

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03 June 2018 12 noon to 5pm

Amazonian Visions - puppet show

Be transported into the Amazonian universe. Using different puppet techniques fused with soundscape, movement, and visuals. This thought provoking 30 mins show is followed by a Q&A, and an opportunity to try out the puppets. Suitable for audiences of all ages. £10. Booking essential (places are limited).

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07 June 2018 2pm to 3pm

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Experience the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) with diviner Freya Ingva in the beautiful surroundings of Springfield Park and its welcoming cafe. Enjoy the views or walk among notable trees of interest before an afternoon tea with a difference. £20 includes tea. Book in advance www.freyaingva.com.

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07 June 2018 10am to 14 June 2018 5pm

Free cancer course comes to Hackney

Leading charity Penny Brohn UK hosts a free, two-day support course for people with cancer and a close supporter. Living Well addresses cancer's physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after treatment. Call 0303 3000 118. A two-day course on 7 and 14 June.

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09 June 2018 12 noon to 4pm

Art, design and craft fair

This is a free entry event for the community with a creative flair. There will be decorative items from local businesses, designers, artist and craft makers. Browse through the variety of stalls, to view the creative and decorative items on display. Please contact for further information and stall bookings.

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14 June 2018 8pm to 15 June 2018 930pm

12:40 - National Opera Studio

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the National Opera Studio has commissioned twelve composers and twelve librettists, to collaborate with the Young Artists in the creation of twelve unique contemporary audition arias, which they can take forward into their professional careers.

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21 June 2018 730pm to 9pm

Hackney swift walk

To celebrate National Swift Week, come on a fascinating guided walk visiting some of the summer haunts of Hackney's swifts. See their acrobatics and listen to their 'screaming parties'. Suggested donation £5. To book email debeauvoirswifts@gmail.com .

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07 July 2018 8pm to 08 July 2018 2am

Femmetopia: The SCUM Ball

This Pride we invite all thrill-seeking queers to come and be with us and mark over a century of womxn, trans* and queer led activism.

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21 July 2018 12 noon to 22 July 2018 9pm

9th Annual Yoruba Arts Festival

Yoruba Arts Festival returns to Clissold for its 9th year, celebrating the rich, vibrant and colorful arts and culture of the Yoruba's. Featuring non-stop live cultural entertainment. The event is a free family friendly community event open to all races and cultures subject to event entry policies. Saturday 21 July 12 noon - 9pm / Sunday 22 July 12 noon - 8pm

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28 July 2018 12 noon to 4pm

Art, design and craft fair

This is a free entry event for the community with a creative flair. There will be decorative items from local businesses, designers, artist and craft makers. Browse through the variety of stalls, to view the creative and decorative items on display. Please contact for further information and stall bookings.

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31 August 2018 1pm to 03 September 2018 10pm

North Millfields Ultimate Funfair

Mon: 3pm - 10pm, Fri/Sat and Sun: 1pm - 10pm. Tokens only - no cash on rides or inflatables. Number of tokens per ride varies.

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