Discover a summer of fun in Hackney with the annual arts & culture festival for young people

Discover Young Hackney Festival returns this summer, delivering a range of arts and creative led activities for young people, providing an opportunity to experience the arts and develop their creative skills over the course of the summer and autumn.

The festival connects young residents between 13 and 19,with the arts and creative industries through an exciting programme of hands on events and workshops. Now in its 14th year, Discover Young Hackney has become an annual highlight of Hackney’s cultural calendar and sets out to break down some of the perceptions about careers in the arts being only for a privileged few. This year the festival is extending its timetable to provide 11 events and workshops.

“Hackney’s younger residents have the opportunity to engage with a great range of arts led activities over the course of the summer and autumn, both face to face and virtual sessions. Discover Young Hackney sets out to open doors for new talent into the world of the arts, anyone can come along, learn something new, try it out and have the opportunity to showcase their work.

The Discover Young Hackney programme celebrates and unlocks 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”.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Arts & Culture

The programme includes a wide range of art forms including:

– Lyric Writing

– Short film and music video workshops

– An audio-visual mural

– Dance

– Circus performance

– Stage combat

– Puppetry

– Playwriting

– Samba drumming

– Comic/ Manga storyboard

– Comedy

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

The festival kicked off on 23 July with Hackney Empire’s Alter Ego 2021. The streamed celebratory event showcased the incredible young talent that has come out of East London over the years. Featuring performances by artistic partners and professionally captured as a piece of accessible and exciting digital entertainment. Watch back online.

You can find a full list of festival activities and details of how to sign up on the Discover Young Hackney 2021 webpage or Download the e-flyer.

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