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Cake Club CLothing is launching its new line at Young Hackney Forest Road on 21 November - pick up your free tickets now.

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The Concorde Open Mic starts Thursday 21 August - no need to book, just turn up at 6. 30pm It's all free.

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Hoxton Hall Youth Arts present a new play written by Zephryn Tatte ‘In the Name of Thy Father’ The year is 3023… Hackney is in disarray as two houses fight for global power against a backdrop of Armageddon.

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Popin' Pete's Pop Shop is a pop up festival of hip hop culture featuring the world famous Popin' Pete (Electric Boogaloos, USA). The festival brings some of the top British Hip Hop artists into the heart of East London.

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Bootcamp Live is the grand finale of an innovative 8 week course at Bootstrap company t hat has taugh t brands, promotion, enterprise, event production and much more - with special guests including Let's Be Brief .

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The hub showcase to end all hub showcases. Feat Jermain Jackman. Concorde showcase - book now on 020 8510 0979 - places limited.

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South Bank Premiere for Hackney-based youth film-makers. Sponsored by the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund.

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Epicentre returns this Saturday at Chats Palace, 42 - 44 Brooksby's Wal, E9 6DF. Sign Up Now. Only £2. 50 entry Phone: 020 8985 2424. Email: youthforum@hackneyempire. couk W: www. facebook.

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Commissioned as part of Discover Young Hackney, the film was screened 7th Feb 2014 at Alter Ego; "East Side Story" features 45 talented young dancers from Hackney loosely re-imagining West Side Story with a modern twist.

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Hope you enjoyed the show. Hackney Empire saw the launch of Discover Young Hackney 2014 with the Alter Ego talent show. Winners were: 1st place: Di-Andre, 2nd place Warren 3rd place (joint) Kagan/Young Brasscals.

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Hackney Insiders went behind the scenes at The Alter Ego auditions and got this preview of one of the acts who won himself a spot on stage. Get the latest news on Alter Ego from Hackney Insiders .

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Jermain Jackman, a former member of Hackney Youth Parliament, and long-time volunteer at the Crib, nails it on Saturday's screening of The Voice. Jermain, who made it through as part of Team Will, said: ‘Music is a massive part of my life, it’s what I do, and it is a reflection of what I go through.

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On the 21st December I got the opportunity to be on Hit or Miss Radio at the Arcola Theatre in East London. I was ecstatic considering it was my first time being on the radio. It was everything I imagined with a soundboard and everything Anyway, we are covering Alter Ego 2014 which is a talent competition that happens every year at the Hackney Empire to launch a week of activities in the arts happening in February.

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Whatever your talent. Hackney's biggest talent search returns. If you would like to book your live audition, email alterego@hackneyempire. couk or call 020 8985 2424.

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Relevant this week of all weeks. Ollie O'Neill, a spoken-word artist was nominated for this year's foyles Young Poet of the Year Competition.

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Music Untamed - Free Ticket Offer to Young People in Hackney We're offering young people in the Hackney area tickets to Music Untamed at the Hackney Empire on Saturday 26th October, 7:30pm The event itself forms part of the Family Arts Festival.

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Hipnotic dance group is based upon 7-19year olds, who have worked extremely hard throughout the past month exploring different types of choreography mainly in Urban dance. They have then used their knowledge based on what they have learnt to create a full dance performance.

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Fun times on Springfield Park. feat We Have Band Revered Milo Speedwagon and more.

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Kobina Woods from the Hackney Insiders reviews the Hackney Empire Artist Development Showcase The mind blowing musical Snow, Siri and the Seven Bredrens is about a young princess trying to find her way to be Queen, with the help of Siri.

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The Hackney Empire Artist Development Programme presents an urban magical myth.

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Over the past year, young volunteers from the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund have given grants to support nearly 2,500 young people in 50 youth-led projects - that's over 50,000 hours of activities.

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Hackney's bigegst festival of dance returns: Saturday 13 July, Gillett Square, Dalston. Here's the full line-up 1:20 PM • 1:50 PM MOVIMIENTOS DJs Latin American grooves kick-start the day and get you breaking in those dancing shoes.

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Hoxton Hall's regular event showcasing the best of Hackney's new musical talent.

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The Voice is calling on people with amazing vocal talent to take the stage for Series 3. To apply for the open auditions, complete the online application form on the official website by midnight on the 23 June 2013: www.

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CSV Positive Futures presents the PROJECT X talent show for 13 -25 year olds in Hackney .

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There was a full house at Hackney Empire on Friday evening, for the final showdown to fight for the crown of Alter Ego 2013. Alter Ego 2013 winners The launch event went off with a bang and saw some great performances from all finalists – rappers, dancers, comedians and singers alike.

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MVMNT returns once with something a little different. Battle of the bands. - 6 acts battle it out, playing 15 minute set each in front of our live audience and special guest judges for a chance to win a day in a professional recording studio recording their own song.

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Framed Film Festival is a new annual festival of cinema screenings and activities for young people aged 12 – 18. Framed FOCUS includes films about everything from grafitti artists in New York City and ex-gang members in Birmingham, to champion athletes and musicians during the Second World War.

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Review of Professor Quantum's Magnificent Time Tour By Hannah Abban (15) from MyVoice Hackney "The Time Tour was great fun, easy to find too (just off trafalgar square). It was a unique combination of sci-fi and history.

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both on a local level and across the globe. Hackney Council will be celebrating Independence, Democracy and Leadership by highlighting contributions made by the black community as well as promoting the importance of active citizenship and political participation from minority communities.

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Are you male. Aged 16-20. Want to create risk-taking, energetic theatre. We are looking for the next generation of performers. Have you got what it takes. Renowned physical theatre company Frantic Assembly is launching a UK wide training programme for young men age 16-20.

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The LOL Comedy School is now open and there are still a few places left. The course is for anyone aged 13 -19, and you don't need to have performing experience, jsut enthusiasm and a willingness to learn The course is run by comedy professionals in the business.

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Stoke Newington Youth Forum presents Hackney JAM. the best young acts in Hackney and all for free. Tuesday 3 July at Stoke Newington Town Hall. To reserve your ticket, email mandy. richards@hackney.

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Best excuse you've given for being late. how about 'I was struck by Zeus'; or 'I woke up with Beyonce'. Ever heard a Grime version of 'The wheels on the bus. ' Ashley and TJ serve up a brand of comedy madness that gets you every time - and it certainly worked for the crowd at the Acting UP showcase at Hackney Attic.

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Love Art, Dance, Theatre, Film & Music. The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts venue in Europe, presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.

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Well we all like music and dancing meeting new friends, we all can do that in one place dont you think we should have a under 15s party do you know kent they have krystales under 18s party its sounds fun and it looks fun but shouldnt we have something like that lets try and ask the concil or mayor or what ever if you want something like that then try and help ok.

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Hackney Quest/ Hackney Empowering Active Team (HEAT) would like to invite you/youth group to KEEP THE PEACE EVENT which aims to promote our POSITIVE YOUNG PEOPLE from Hackney and promote PEACE in the community.

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Tribute concert promoter Jermain writes: We all know of the death of Whitney Houston. She has had a massive influence on many up-and-coming artist and already established performers around the world, vocally and musically.

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A new cabaret in Hackney. Venue: The Blue Hut. 49 Provost Street, N1 7NZ Saturday 24 March, doors 6. 15pm Ticket price: £4. 00/ £2. 00 concs For ages 16+ There are few opportunities for different communities and generations to communicate.

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As part of the lead up to the Hackney Weekend, young people from Hackney have been given the chance to visit the 1Xtra studios, meet the DJs, fiddle round with the equipment, RECORD their own demo and take part in LIVE broadcasts.

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Jay-Z has been confirmed as one of the top acts at Radio 1 ’ s Hackney Weekend . He's set to perform alongside Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Professor Green, Le ona Lewis , DJ Fresh, P lan B, Flo Rida and Will.

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There's free tickets available to the world premiere of the 'Home' project at the British Film Institute on the South Bank. This is a chance to see some thought-provoking and challenging short films made by young people.

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At an amazing, sell-out night at the Hackney Empire, the Discover Young Hackney Alter Ego title went to Tolu Okanlawon: ‘The Tower’ who won over the crowd with his show-stopping dance routine.

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Going out to all 13 to 21 year-olds who live in Hackney. Alter Ego kick-starts the 2012 Discover Young Hackney Festival on Friday 3 as the cream of Hackney’s talent competes for the title “Alter Ego 2012”.

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Make a short documentary about your life in 2012 – and you could see it screened at the Hackney Picturehouse on Mare Street. Whatever your experience, and whether you make a new film from start to finish or would like to submit something you’ve already made, Docscreen wants to hear from you.

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Follow the link. http://www. oureverydaylives. tv/blog/a-christmas-message/ .

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This Sunday brings the start of Hackney Oaks , the everyday lives of Hackney’s young people. Follow the stories of Melody, Sean, Joseph, Dominic, Tyrel and Bradley in this unique three-parter, broadcast through Our Everyday Lives TV.

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The BBC has just published an advert for a six month contract to come and work in the Music Events Interactive team. They need someone to run social media for Hackney 2012, engaging with the young East London community at the grassroots, and making sure that all their community outreach activity is reaching all the right people.

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Can you . dance, sing, act, rap, tap, juggle, balance, contort, perform a trick, get a laugh, fly through the air, make people go oooooh or make people go aaaaah. Audition for your chance to perform on the Hackney Empire stage For ages 13-21 Alter Ego finals on 3 February 2012.

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After a ten-year stint at Hackney Empire, Borough's United has now moved to the Indigo2 - it's London's biggest and best urban talent show, run by Hackney youth organisation The Crib, and they're now looking for young performers to take the stage.

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What would have happened if the Angel Gabriel hadn't delivered the Christmas message and Cinderalla's Fairy Godmother hadn't shown up. The New Britannia Theatre gives Christmas an Urban twist through this brand new play with music.

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Tinie Tempah and Florence and the Machine are the latest confirmed artists for the BBC Big Weekender next June – joining a line-up that already features Leona Lewis and Plan B. Leona and Plan B are both going to act as Ambassadors for the event, along with Radio 1/1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson MBE and Former World and European Triple Jump Champion Phillips Idowu, both of whom were born in Hackney.

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Sanchez Roberts and Gaetan Cal, both from Hackney, received a Runners-up Award in the prestigious Between the Lines Filmmaking Competition at a celebratory event at the BFI Southbank on Friday. They accepted the award on behalf of a group of young people from Mouth That Roars who scripted, directed filmed and edited their entry into the competition ‘ Consumerism ’ .

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Westfield is offering free tickets to the premiere of Breaking Dawn, latest in the Twilight saga. Competion closes on Monday. To enter visit http://uk. westfield. com/stratfordcity/newsletter-sign-up/twilight-premiere You'll probably be signing up for email updates while you do it - so if you're not cool with that check the terms and conditions.

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Ok - bit of an exaggeration - you won't actually be working with the man who bought the world Gladiator - but you could make a film that will be used as part of his new film project Britain in a Day .

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BBC EastEnders is searching for talented young writers, aged 16 - 22 to write for Award-winning online spin-off drama EastEnders: E20. The online drama is written by a team of young writers, all under the age of 23, who have been trained by EastEnders Script Writers and Producers as part of the BBC ’s E20 Writers School .

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To enter into this competition, you need to 'Like' the Westfield FB site: http://www. facebook. com/westfieldstratfordcity. sk=app_161033847281768 .

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Get with the Hipnotic Ensemble this Autumn and join the team of handpicked creatives taking part in Dance, Drama & Music workshops. For upcoming artists age 14 - 19. Workshops will run Monday - Wednesday, 6.

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Show Me Wot You Got 2011 is finally here. The time has come for students in colleges around London to showcase their talents and arts to each other in one venue, with one aim: To Show Us Wot You Got.

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FYI: Focused Young Individuals is a unique photography exhibition, a result of a collaborative project between over 30 young people and professionals working in art, design, photography and journalism, including Agenda Photography, YH.

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Are you are aged 18+ living in Hackney. Would like the chance to perform in our community cast as part of Barbican Offsite this autumn in your local area. Hydrocracker Theatre Company will be staging their highly acclaimed site-specific production, The New World Order at ShoreditchTown Hall as part of the Barbican’s Offsite Season of work in November and December and are looking for 15 Hackney residents to join our Volunteer Community Cast.

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Thanks to the Hackney Gazette for this spot: apparently JLS were doing a photo-shoot in a house in Lordship Road this week. Sixth-form pupils from Stoke Newington school made a dash to the address with posters and merchandise for the band to sign.

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Come on Hackney - what are you waiting for. Note there's a charge for the phone line, so may be better to apply online if you can at: www. itvcom/talent .

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Two festivals for the price of er. none this weekend. Take your pick from the Carnival parade, Wilton Way street party or the Narrow Way games-fest - all part of the We Love Hackney weekend, or go East to Wick and enjoy the floating forest, open mic, climbing wall.

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Audition this Saturday for new London-based troupe One Youth Dance. Open to all young people age 14 - 18, no previous dance experience necessary. Audition takes place 10 September 11. 00am at Moving Arts Base, 134 Liverpool Road, N1 1LA.

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Laburnum Boat Club have recorded an entire concept album with the help of artist Ruth Ewan, composer Kerry Andrew and poet Evlynn Sharp. Forty members of the club created a part-real, part imagined sonic journey that takes you through Hackney from the Tube along the canal.

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The London 2012 organisers are recruiting volunteer performers to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Get this – if you succeed at the audition you’ll have the chance to perform in front of an audience of 1 BILLION people.

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Boroughs United Summer Special at Rich Mix,line-up includes Ebonessence, K. IR and Stars with Bars Saturday 20 August @ Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road. £5 concessions. For information and tickets call the Box Office 020 7613 7498 or visit www.

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Hoxton Street Casting is a Hackney based theatrical agency for teenagers and young adults. For more information visit www. hoxtonstreetcasting. couk We represent some of the most exciting young actors working in the industry today.

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Arcola Youth Music Arcola Theatre is looking for 15 young singers from Hackney to take part in a new music theatre project. You'll get the opportunity to work with artists from The Royal Opera House to create a music theatre performance as part of Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

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This Saturday July 9th 2011 2pm onwards Get down to Dalston’s hottest square with a day of FREE music, dance workshops and performances for all ages and abilities. Compered by Boogaloo Stu, here's the full programme: 2.

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Dance Challenge™ is a unique, national competition for young dancers age 5 to 25. There are three different age categories: 5 – 12, 12 – 16 and 5– 25, but there are no restrictions on style.

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Sadlers Wells is offering cut price tickets to its West End show 'Merchants of Bollywood'. Tickets will cost you £5 (normally £27. 00) for the performance on the 2 June: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St,WC2A 2HT.

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Leona Lewis and Plan B are the first confirmed acts for BBC1’s Hackney Weekend 2012, announced on Monday. The event is going to be totally free and over 100,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend of the 23 and 24 June, making it the biggest multi-artist line up ever for Radio 1.

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Stratford East presents a new musical about being "young, British and confused". Lead character Eddie Woo is spinning plates: between helping out at his dad's takeaway, keeping both of his girlfriends happy, and failing his exams, he's hardly got time to pursue his ambition to be the new (Chinese) Tom Jones.

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Trillions of tiny microbes live on you and in you. Some keep you alive, some make you unwell. Find out about the science of microbes at Hackney Museum at this amazing interactive exhibition. Meet nose invaders and gut-dwellers, lung destroyers and life-savers.

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I CAN SING. (ICS) is a Performing Arts School that will give you invaluable experience in musical theatre training and performance. Courses run every Saturday, and are run by professional artists, who'll give you the skills and confidence necessary to perform to a high level.

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Join Chocolate Films, The London Metropolitan Archive and the Young Roots Street Crew for an afternoon of film screenings and film-making. Saturday 16 April 12. 30pm – 4pm Livery Hall, Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2 For 5 months the Street Heritage Youth Crew explored the collections of the LMA and made two documentaries about London’s fashion and political heritage.

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Hackney born and bred and the star of Kidulthood and Adulthood, Adam Deacon, is set to release his first film as a director: ‘Anuvahood’ tomorrow. Adam grew up on the King's Place estate, was a pupil at Stoke Newington school, and was, in his own words, a “joker”.

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The African Arts Project invites you to a celebration of African art and culture. Music, dancing, singing, drumming & drama, comedy and poetry. Saturday 26 February Time: from 3pm to 7pm, Admission: £3.

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Six young film-makers from Fairbridge are the latest to win the London 2012 Film Nation: Shorts Film of the Month award with their film ‘Horsepower’. The film features a world-record attempt on running 100 metres: dressed as a pantomime horse.

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Homerton Youth Forum and Different Drum Productions is looking for boys aged 13 - 17 for a series of short films to be filmed in half-term Feb 2011 No acting experience needed. Just come along to the open auditions: FRIDAY February 18th 2011, Hackney Town Hall, E8 4.

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If you missed out on Estate Vision (Live TV programmes beamed direct from Fellows Court and Fawcett Estates), you can still catch The Best of the Broadcasts at a special gala screening at the Rio on Saturday 22 January, 1.

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Hackney Shed perform ‘You Shall Go to Shoreditch’ and overcome power cut. "On the 13th and 14th December Hackney Shed inclusive theatre company performed two nights of their original musical show to two full houses in BSix college theatre.

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Did you miss out on the Fellows and Fawcett TV spectaculars. The 30 young people who took part in the six-part 'Estate Vision' series will take to the red carpet for the screening of their very own film at the Rio Cinema on 22 January.

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The I’m In talent competition returns for its fourth year to uncover more fresh up andcoming talent from Hackney. If you’re a singer aged 13 –19 and think you’ve got what it takes, e-mail shawandedwards@hotmail.

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We are currently booking live music for December at St. Pancras International and are inviting submissions from artists/groups that would like to perform during this time. Christmas in St. Pancras International is an exciting time to perform in a stunning environment to the thousands of visitors per hour travelling through the station.

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Once again the MOBO’s have given its fans another award winning show packed with diverse urban talent. The MOBO’s is an annual award show that portrays music content from black origin for its spectators.

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A story by Young Hackney's online editor. Cara stood in my room three months prior to her death. It’s vivid in my mind – what she wore and the words she spoke. I knew she had a tendency of complimenting girls and expressing how sexy she felt they were; and how much she would want to kiss them.

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Hi My name is Lavinia and I am an online editor for Young Hackney. In my blog I will be will be filling you in with whats going on in the world of entertainment and education Many for decades have appreciated theatre as a form of entertainment.

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Hi My name is Chiedza Sakupwanya and I am the new online editor for Young Hackney. In this blog I will be will be telling a story called 'Secret Defects'. check back each week to read the next chapter.

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We've been searching for the next generation of talent to take to the stage at Hackney Carnival 2010. Our panel of judges has been assessing the performances of those who attended the I'm In: Live auditions and they've selected the four performers who will be taking part in the DYH: Carnival show.

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Hackney Democracry Ambassadors present a free screening of the film Shooting Dogs starring John Hurt, Hugh Dancy & Claire-Hope Ashitey. A debate about the films emotive issues will follow the screening.

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Thursday 11 th March 2010 Ocean Music Venue, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE A free event for young women aged 13 -19, celebrating International Women’s Day 2010. 1pm – 3pm: 1 st Annual Public Speaking Championship for Young Women 4pm – 8pm: Talent Show Finale - All-female talent show.

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The Stoke Newington Youth Forum presents some of the freshest acts in Hackney. Guests include: Zak Sharif Ali, TJ, Jermain Jackman, Wacky Rymel, Ben Sarpong, Courtney Philip and Geisha. Wednesday 31 March at Gascoyne 2, Wick Road, E9 Doors open: 6pm.

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Saturday 24th October 2009 www. thespotlight. orguk The Spotlight is the most talked about monthly chat show for young people aged 13-25 living within the London Borough of Hackney. As part of our Black History Month Special we have added an exclusive extra show for parents and children aged 8-12 years old.

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