Festival History

Discover Young Hackney logoDiscover Young Hackney is an award-winning festival that started in 2007 and has become an annual highlight of Hackney’s cultural calendar. It encourages young people’s creativity and helps them discover pathways into training and careers in the arts through an exciting programme of events.

The festival is delivered by Hackney’s Cultural Development Team in partnership with Hackney’s Youth Arts Cluster.

C12 ESS Hackney Marsh 2Welcome to Discover Young Hackney 2014! The much anticipated youth cultural event of the year that offers young Hackney residents the chance to shine.

Hackney produces stars, and Discover Young Hackney has been created to provide our ambitious youngsters a platform to showcase their talents in the performance, media and visual arts. You have asked for more inclusive activities, more ways into the creative industries and more opportunities to prepare for the future. We have partnered with a host of cultural and creative organisations to put on the best month long festival to date.

This year you will get opportunities to explore your creative skills, collaborate with other young creative people and execute your own ideas through discussions; film; dance; journalism; singing; technology, to name but a few. Young people are invited to get involved in all aspects of the festival’s production, from directing to planning events and performing on the stage of the Hackney Empire.

We wouldn’t have achieved it, however, without the cultural and creative organisations that have shown continued commitment and enthusiasm for putting youth arts at the heart of our community. Hackney’s Youth Arts Cluster offers real and lasting creative opportunities for young people. I warmly thank the organisations involved.

Are you ready to get involved and be an influencing factor in the success of this annual youth event? This festival is designed by young people for young people and I’m looking forward to seeing your energy and talent shape its success in 2014.

Festival News from DYH 2014

25 March 2014

The Next Generation video

The Next Generation video Graeae Theatre working with Immediate Theatre have produced a short video as part of their taking part in DYH 2014. A local school teacher said: “Fantastic teamwork amongst the performers. I’m amazed at how hard these actors must have worked!”

5 March 2014

World Book Day trailers released

Landsky worked with 12 Hackney teenagers to make complementary video trailers for books released on World Book Day (6 March). The DYH2014 project was an opportunity to get young people excited about stories and reading, with free books available. The 3-day film-making project was designed for 13 to 16 year…

13 February 2014

C-12 Dance Theatre release new East London dance film

C-12 Dance Theatre new film, East Side Story, celebrates Hackney and Hackney’s young people. Adam Towndrow, who came up with the concept for the dance film, contacted Rudimental’s record label who were more than happy to support this project and donated a track of their choosing. East Side…

8 February 2014

Alter Ego winners

Fab night at the Hackney Empire and launch of DYH at the Alter Ego talent show. And the winners are… 1st place Di-Andre, 2nd place Warren and 3rd place (joint) Kagan/Young Brasscals. Some of the tweets: from Alter Ego judge Matt Henry: “Great time judging Alter ego last…

8 February 2014

Hackney Live returns

Hackney Live is returning in February with a feast of acrobatics, dance and theatre – shaped and directed by audiences via social media. The interactive event, supported by Arts Council England, brings together three top companies for exclusive live-streamed performances that will showcase the online creativity of budding artistic directors…

7 February 2014

Leading children’s author’s run workshops

The Tales from Page to Screen film-making project running from 17-19 February has announced two leading children’s authors will be involved. Jim Smith will be talking about his humourous tale about Barry Loser: I am a nit a loser, and Sarah Lean will talk about her new book…

042Dance0309aHave you ever wanted to meet a real music producer? Paint alongside an artist? Work with a choreographer or make a documentary about an issue that is really important to you?

Discover Young Hackney gives you the opportunity to try out all of these things, in a fun and creative way. Throughout February and March 2007, the best of Hackney’s arts and cultural organisations are opening their doors to 11–25 year olds so that you can explore your talents!

Did you know that Hackney has a dynamic arts industry including music studios, galleries, carnival groups, film makers, theatres, dancers to name just a few? Look out for Discover Young Hackney’s separate training information brochure in February 2007, which could help to catapult you into any of these industries!

Festival News from DYH 2013

28 March 2013

Winner of Digital Camera Announced

All evaluations are in and we can announce that Tycho, a budding young filmmaker who took part in Discover Film at Rio Cinema, has won the FujiFilm FinePix camera! Rio Cinema worked with Chocolate Films to run a workshop where young people created their very own films –…

6 March 2013

Dalston Young Film Club

A brand new film club for people aged 12-17 living in Hackney. Watch and discuss movies with your friends, meet film experts, eat a lot of popcorn, and pick your favourites to show at a new outdoor cinema in Dalston Square this summer. Join our Film Club and…

4 March 2013

Part 2 Frizz interview exclusive

The All Aspects crew caught up with hot new rapper Frizz for an interview and a freestyle. They didn’t have any equipment so they used an iPhone and their creativity. Here’s part 2:

4 March 2013

Exclusive behind the scenes interview with rapper Frizz

The All Aspects crew bumped into fresh rapper Frizz behind the scenes and caught up with her for an exclusive interview and freestyle session. The crew didn’t have any equipment, so they filmed with an iPhone and their creativity. Here’s part 1:

22 February 2013

Hackney Live is coming!

Hackney Live is an online space for showcasing Hackney talent. It will offer live streaming and on demand content, which means you’ll never have to miss a thing! You’ll be able to access Hackney Live from mobile devices and computers from the comfort of your own home. Hackney Live…

19 February 2013

Ema Abdi shoots Alter Ego 2013

Ema joined the All Aspects team as a photographer to take some photographs at the Alter Ego 2013 event. Here’s what Ema had to say about his experience of being part of Discover Young Hackney: “I came to Hackney empire knowing that it was a great opportunity to…

Agenda Shoots_Discover Young Hackney Alter Ego Closing Party_Arc2012 is a huge year for Hackney. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are just around the corner and there will be a summer of celebration events as well as the sporting competitions. Discover Young Hackney is the first festival of 2012 and is all about showing the world the skills and talents of young people in the borough.

Now in its sixth year, the Discover Young Hackney festival has shown it can last the distance and we’re proud to be able to offer sustainable opportunities for creative young people in our borough.

Through this festival you get to build your skills, challenge yourself and network with arts industry professionals. You get accreditation, more confidence and a platform to showcase your talents. This is what you’ve asked for – and we’ve responded with more opportunities than ever in 2012.

Of course, Discover Young Hackney has always been about young people taking the lead, and for the third year the festival has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, marking it as part of the big celebrations this year. This is a great achievement but a source of even more pride is that young people have been involved in every aspect of its production, from designing this programme to planning the events themselves.

We wouldn’t have achieved it, however, without the cultural and creative organisations that have shown continued commitment and enthusiasm for putting youth arts at the heart of our community. Hackney’s Youth Arts Cluster offers real and lasting creative opportunities for young people and I warmly thank the organisations involved.

So, over to you. This festival is designed by young people for young people and I’m looking forward to seeing your energy and talent shape Hackney’s first big cultural programme of 2012.

Festival News from DYH 2012

4 April 2012

Design & Make Private View

Come and join us at Boxpark tomorrow evening from 6pm. Where: Art Against Knives Gallery, Unit 55 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY      

3 April 2012

New film competition announced…

Ask your teacher or Youth worker to sign up now. Competition opens: Monday 16thApril 2012 @ 9am Competition closes: Friday 15th June 2012 @5pm Finalists notified: Friday 22nd June 2012 Screening & finalist event: Monday 9th July 2011   Visit www.childnet.com for more infomation.  

3 April 2012

Multi-media Anne Frank exhibit opens next week.

When: 12 April 2012 – 3 May 2012 Where: Empire 2: The Bullion Rooms, 117 Wilton Way (behind main theatre) FREE EXHIBITION 
General admission: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm (Tuesday 17 April: closed from 3pm). Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Closed Sundays. For more information visit: www.annefrank.org.uk/hackney

2 April 2012

Win Prizes…

Youth Involvement Day for Hackney Homes residents. When: Wed 11th April 12pm- 5pm Where: Urswick  Secondary School Come and Win prizes, get Employment advice, a professional photo shoot and more. See the flyer for more information.                    

14 March 2012

What does Hackney Life mean to you?

Show the world what the real Hackney is like: record your view of the area and upload it via YouTube for the chance to be part of a film that will be screened during summer 2012. This film is all about exploring whats unique about life in Hackney today,…

14 March 2012

Jay-Z to headline Hackney Weekend!

There are only a few days left until 19th March to register for tickets for Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend in June. Text ‘Radio 1’ to 80313 or visitwww.bbc.co.uk/radio1/hackneyweekend/2012/

_DSC7032How do you take the future into your own hands, overcome your fears and achieve your ambitions?

It’s a question that’s relevant to young people everywhere but I think it has particular significance in Hackney with London 2012 just over the horizon. Whether it’s arts or sport, there can be significant obstacles to success and fantastic rewards for those who dare to give it their best shot.

Now in its fifth year, the Discover Young Hackney festival has shown it can last the distance and Hackney is proud to be able to offer opportunities for creative young people in our borough to pursue their goals.

Through this festival you get to build your skills, challenge yourself and network with arts industry professionals. You get accreditation, more confidence and a platform to showcase your talents. This is what you’ve asked for – and we’ve responded with more opportunities than ever in 2011.

‘Take the stage’ is the theme of this year’s festival – and we mean it. Young people have been involved in every aspect of the Festival’s production, from putting together this programme to planning the events themselves.

Of course, Discover Young Hackney has always been about young people taking the lead, and for the second year the festival has been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s something Hackney is really proud of.

We wouldn’t have achieved it, however, without the cultural and creative organisations that have shown continued commitment and enthusiasm for putting youth arts at the heart of our community. Hackney’s Youth Arts Cluster offers real and lasting creative opportunities for young people and I warmly thank the organisations involved.

So, over to you. This festival is designed by young people for young people and I’m looking forward to seeing your energy and talent shape its success in 2011.

DSC_0766Music, film, fashion, dance, theatre – whatever you’re into you’ll be able to find it, and try it, at Discover Young Hackney 2011.

This is the festival designed for you, by people like you. Our team of cultural ambassadors, all aged 13 –19, have been working on your behalf to uncover the best things to do in Hackney.

There are amazing opportunities right here, on your doorstep. Try something you’ve never done before, get new skills and make new friends and contacts. Here’s just a taste of what’s in store.

  • Develop a nose for news as part of our Discover Young Hackney Press Team.
  • Snap up the chance to join the Hackney Young Photographers collective.
  • Get exposure in the Discover Young Hackney talent contest, ‘I’m in’.

This February, there’s no excuse for being bored – take the stage and find out just what you’re capable of.

We’re here to shout about all the ways you can find your way in the arts. There are plenty of people behind the scenes working year-round to create opportunities for you. They’re known as the Youth Arts Cluster.

011DisYngHackney0209It’s great to see our borough’s youth arts festival grow year on year. Discover Young Hackney ’09 gives thousands more young people the chance to show their talent or try something new.

As always, young people have played a major role in the planning of the festival. Young people shaped the programme from start to finish, and I thank every one of them for their hard work. I hope that all the young people in the Borough will come to the festival and sample whichever of the activities appeal to them – whether music, dance, arts, film, theatre, storytelling, media, fashion or design. The main themes are internationalism and disability arts.

Discover Young Hackney has been granted the Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It recognises the festival as one of a limited number of outstanding projects that contributes to the lasting legacy of the Olympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad. A big thank you to Hackney’s cultural and creative organisations that have played a valuable role in the achievement.

So, do come and enjoy the festival. Use the map and calendar for an easy overview of dates and venues. Remember, you may need to contact the individual organisations to find out whether to book in advance.

08Feb_HackneySat_016One of the reasons that so many local residents tell me they love Hackney is the booming arts and culture industry here in our borough.

After the success of our first Discover Young Hackney Festival in 2007, this year’s programme is another chance for Hackney’s young people to get involved in arts and cultural activities, and to discover pathways into training and careers in the arts.

There will be lots of new opportunities – from fashion and photography to film, dance, live performance art, music and project management. I would like to thank all of the young people who have been involved in shaping the festival: the cultural ambassadors, young broadcasters and graphic designers.

Discover Young Hackney is a good opportunity to try something new or to meet other people with similar interests. Do make sure you check the listings to find out whether you need to book in advance.
Above all though… have fun.

08Feb_HackneySat_094Have you ever wanted to learn new skills in carnival, dance, design, drama, heritage, film, media, music or the visual arts? Or even thought of entering the creative industries through volunteering or studying events management?

There is no set way to enter into a career in the arts and creative industries. Some people may enter the arts through formal training, some bring useful skills from other types of jobs and some have been volunteers.

The Discover Young Hackney training brochure will give you information on many of the local courses available to young people aged 11 to 25. There is something for everybody at any level.

Get advice from local young people on their experience in the arts by reading the featured case studies. Find out more about your chosen course by contacting the training provider listed in the venue directory at the end of the brochure.

I would like to thank Leona Lewis, X Factor Winner 2006, for supporting Discover Young Hackney – what a great role model and inspiration to local young people!