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.

 

Hackney Circle

Hackney Circle is a free membership scheme for residents aged 55+ that connects its members with the borough’s thriving cultural life. Event information from participating cultural partners is regularly shared with the Hackney Circle community of over 350 older residents.

Anyone living in Hackney aged 55+ is welcome to join the Hackney Circle to regularly receive information about Hackney’s vibrant cultural offer. 

Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund

The Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund uses levies placed on new developments in Shoreditch and Hoxton, called Section 106 contributions, to commission art and cultural projects that bring residents, businesses, and visitors to Shoreditch and Hoxton together.

Since launching in 2019, the fund has commissioned 16 projects and will invest £300,000 in physical and online events and performances, co-created with the community.

The final round of funding was allocated in December 2021 and has commissioned five projects being delivered in 2022.

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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. 

Hackney Carnival

Hackney Carnival is returning in 2022 for its traditional in-person parade on 11 September.

It’s 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.

If you would like to take part in this year’s Hackney Carnival complete the application form by 30 April 2022.

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Hackney Carnival at Home

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.

Follow Hackney Carnival on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest updates.

Dalston Square

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

Discover Young Hackney

Discover Young Hackney  returns for its 15th year this August.

Hackney Council is dedicating £50,000 to arts and cultural organisations to produce high-quality, inclusive and creative opportunities to encourage young people to discover the arts over the summer break.

Applicants can now apply for grants between £500 and £5,000. Discover Young Hackney will take place from 1 August to 1 September 2022.

If your organisation is interested in applying for a small award, please read the Discover Young Hackney guidance notes and submit your online application by midday on Monday, 4 April 2022. For any queries, please get in touch at culture@hackney.gov.uk.

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. 

Windrush Day 

Since 2018 Hackney Council have been committed to celebrating Windrush Day on 22 June and throughout June to recognise and honour the contributions of the Windrush generation. This commitment was outlined in the motion passed in August 2018.

Previous year’s activity has included hosting intergenerational tea parties in the Town Hall, baking days, holding online poetry and storytelling events and has seen Hackney Libraries, Museum and Archives curate workshops, exhibitions and learning resources. 

Apply for a Windrush 2022 microgrant 

Each year we offer Windrush microgrants to organisations that want to contribute activity to the celebration or support of Hackney’s Windrush generation. 

This year, Hackney Council is asking the borough ‘what will you do for Windrush?’ and offering microgrants of up to £2,000 for ideas. 

In 2022 the Council’s Windrush Microgrant pot will be boosted to £20,000 with grants of up to £2,000 available to community groups and organisations. The extra funds are to expand the criteria to not only arts and cultural events to celebrate the Windrush Generation, but also to fund activities that support immigration justice, or support applications to the UK Government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Ideas can be community events, educational activities, social justice, legal workshops, public awareness campaigns, running mental health and wellbeing classes, or creative projects that merge Windrush Compensation Scheme support with artistic ideas. 

For more information and to apply visit the online form and submit your application by 18 April 2022.

Apply for a Windrush 2022 microgrant

If you would like support in filling out your form or would like to discuss your idea further, the Culture team is available to help. Just email culture@hackney.gov.uk. need assistance please email the Culture team who will be happy to help. 

See Hackney Windrush or follow @HackneyWindrush on Instagram for information on our Windrush Artwork Commission, current events, support and learning resources.

Page updated on: 14 March 2022

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