• Alter Ego 2015 auditions open

    The search is on for Hackney’s untapped talent.
    The winners will perform on the Hackney Empire stage in front of over a thousand people at the Alter Ego 2015 Final on Fri 30 Jan.
    To find out more email alterego@hackneyempire.co.uk
    or call 020 8985 2424
    Auditions dates: Sat 10 Jan, 10am – 7pm @ Hackney Empire

    Alter Ego
  • Young Sherlock

    A new production of a contemporary dance called Young Sherlock. Led by the C-12 Dance Theatre company in collaboration with Shoreditch Town Hall, it will tell the popular story of Sherlock Holmes in dance. Young people will input in to the fuller production which will be touring the UK later in the year.

    Young Sherlock
  • Hood

    Immediate Theatre will produce a new youth drama, Hood, whereby young people will give a modern spin on the Robin Hood story with support from professional actors, directors and designers. The new play explores a dysfunctional family whose five children work together to avoid being taken in by social services.

  • Working Fashion







    The London College of Fashion will give young people an insight in to the burgeoning fashion industry.

  • Parasol Unit


    Young people will create visual compositions and stop animation film shorts for their portfolios and a weekend exhibition at the Parasol Unit art gallery.

    Parasol Unit
Alter Ego auditionees

15 January 2015

Alter Ego auditions

A big thank you to all those who entered the Alter Ego auditions and the Hackney Empire team on Saturday to get a spot on the Hackney Empire stage on 30 January’s festival launch event. We can announce the successful Alter Ego applicants are: The finalists are (in…


2 December 2014

DYH returns in 2015

The Discover Young Hackney festival returns for the ninth year in February 2015. The youth arts festival will offer young people a chance to discover pathways to careers in the arts. The February the festival will involve over 150 artists, 50 volunteers, 400 young participants and over 3,000…

Hackney Live

Hackney Live – Arts and Culture Online

presents Young Hackney and the Big Music Project LIVE online

When: Friday 20 February

Sketchbook & Animation Projects

Over two projects you will respond to British artist Katy Moran’s show at Parasol Unit, to create work that will become part of a public exhibition in Hackney’s leading contemporary art gallery.

Project 1

Invitation to a Voyage: creating sketchbooks of compositions from collected materials; words, images, ideas, thoughts and storylines.

Project 2

Experimental Animation: expressive and painterly animation workshops using 16mm film and stop motion techniques.

When: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 February
For Ages: 14-19 year olds
DYH2015 Brochure