We work with many different organisations and people within the local cultural and creative industries producing art, drama, music, dance, film, literature, media, architecture and heritage.

Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund

We’ve set up a £300,000 fund to commission community arts projects that bring residents, businesses, and visitors to Shoreditch and Hoxton together.

It’s made up of a planning levy we placed on new developments in the area – called Section 106 contributions.

We’re aiming to fund projects in the Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward until the end of 2022, and projects must be match funded through cash or resources, based around high quality physical or digital events or performances, and be co-created with the community.


The application window will be open from 6 September to 22 October 2021. The deadline has been extended until 29 October.

Hackney Carnival

Find out about this year’s event and how to get involved:

Dalston Square

There are free events and activities in Dalston Square all year round.

Discover Young Hackney

Discover Young Hackney gets Hackney’s young people involved in showcasing, producing, promoting and training in the local arts and creative industries.

What’s on

Find information on current events and activities including festivals, carnivals and fairs and publicise your own events with the What’s On calendar.

Creative Hackney – cultural policy framework

Our arts and cultural strategy 2019-2022 [pdf, 5.69MB] sets out the framework within which cultural activities and the cultural and creative industries contribute to the wider social and economic drivers within Hackney.

It sets the context for the strategic development of the sector in line with overall development priorities of the council but also demonstrates where culture can add value and provide fresh and creative approaches.

Page updated on: 19 October 2021

Cultural Development Team


Hackney Town Hall
Mare St
E8 1EA

Opening times

  • Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm