Discover Young Hackney 2021

Discover Young Hackney is a youth arts and culture festival funded by the Council.
Discover Young Hackney Festival returns this summer, delivering activities to keep young people connected, entertained and educated over the school holidays and into the Autumn season.

Funded by the Council, the youth arts and culture festival helps 13 to 19 year-olds discover the arts through an exciting programme of events and workshops.
It’s about celebrating and unlocking the talent of Hackney’s young people, giving them the tools, skills and professional support to help them begin careers in the arts and creative industries here in Hackney.
You can find a full list of festival activities and details of how to sign up on our page in the Discover Young Hackney Festival 2021 programme or the Young Hackney Summer Activities Guide 2021.
The programme kicks off this month with Alter Ego 2021 marking a decade of the iconic and consistently sold-out youth talent show at Hackney Empire. This year will be a live stream celebration of the incredible young talent that has come out of East London over the years.
This year, the festival is extending its timetable again, to provide 11 events and inclusive workshops to support young people’s engagement year-round until the Winter.

Activities will be accessible online and/or at venues in line with government guidelines.

The programme includes a wide range of art forms including:
– Entrepreneurial workshops
– A digital mural project
– Dance
– Practical theatre
– Filmmaking classes and much more!

Now in its 14th year, Discover Young Hackney has become an annual highlight of Hackney’s cultural calendar.

You can find a full list of festival activities  and details of how to sign up on our page in the Young Hackney Summer Activities Guide 2021.

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Discover Young Hackney at Well Street Market


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You can also email for more information on the festival.

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