Culture

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.

Hello again, Hackney offers 

Hackney’s theatres, galleries, cinemas, museums and grassroots music venues will be welcoming back audiences with a range of special offers as part of the Hello again, Hackney campaign.

Residents of Hackney will be able to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to events and activities at venues across the borough through the entertainment offers.

Have a cultural event you want to publicise?

Submit your cultural event for consideration

Hackney Black history in the making – September to December

Each year we work with local venues and organisations to curate a season of events to celebrate Black history. 

Hackney Black History In The Making is the 2021 program and sees Black history visible in Hackney and the UK over an extended season of events marking National Black History month and beyond. 

Add your event to the Black history season calendar 

Submit a black history event

Hackney Carnival

Hackney Carnival is the biggest, free annual event as part of the Council’s cultural programme. It dates back to 1973, with the first one organised by African and Caribbean community organisation Centerprise.

The family-friendly event is co-created by the Council and the borough’s carnival artists. It proudly celebrates the cultural traditions of Caribbean, African, UK, South American, East Asian, Southeast Asian and European communities and embodies Hackney’s identity as an inclusive and extraordinarily creative borough.

In 2020 and 2021 Hackney Carnival at Home was created to ensure the carnival spirit could still be enjoyed safely during the Covid pandemic. Hackney’s loyal Carnival groups contributed to a lively online programme of music, dance, competitions and learning resources to discover more about the history and culture of Carnival.

If you’d like to get involved in future Carnival activities, please email culture@hackney.gov.uk.

You can also follow Hackney Carnival on Instagram and Facebook.

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.

Each year we provide small grants to organisations wishing to contribute to the programme which will run from early 2022. Check back here for more information or email culture@hackney.gov.uk to express your interest.

Windrush Generations Festival

The Windrush Generations Festival is the award winning Council-run festival that has run every year in June since 2019. The festival is part of the Council’s commitments to honour the Windrush generation as outlined in the motion passed in August 2018.

Each year the we offer Windrush micro grants to organisations who want to contribute to the festival. Check back here for more information or email culture@hackney.gov.uk to express your interest.

See Hackney Windrush for information on our Windrush Artwork Commission, current events, support and learning resources.

Windrush Artwork Commission

We are proud to have commissioned Veronica Ryan OBE and Thomas J Price to deliver two separate artworks which honour the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

The final decision to commission the artists, who are both of Windrush descent, was made after extensive public consultation and included a panel including Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists, architects and local councillors including Cllr Carole Williams – Hackney’s Windrush lead. The panel was chaired by Mark Sealy, Director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph ABP, with approval from Mayor Phillip Glanville.

The Hackney Windrush Art Commission was curated by Create London and made possible with Art Fund support, with additional funding from the Henry Moore Foundation. 

Page updated on: 25 November 2021

Cultural Development Team

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Hackney Town Hall
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E8 1EA

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