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Drumming Workshops

Explore African culture, learn new skills and get fit in these two-hour drumming and dance workshops.

When: 28 Aug– 1 Sept 11am-1pm
For Ages: 11 - 16

1000 Londoners in Hackney

Everybody’s favourite youth club, The Crib, has yet again teamed up with respected professional filmmakers Chocolate Films.

When: 9, 10 and 16 August, 12 – 3pm, then 12-6pm
For Ages: 15 - 19

Hackney Schools Music and Dance Festival

The biggest annual schools event in the borough involves an enormous 4,500 children and young people, from early years to Key Stage 4.

When: 29 June - 7 July
For Ages: All ages

The Peace Quilt

Craft, collaborate and conspire through this huge community art project.

When: 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August and 2 September 1-3pm
For Ages: 13 - 19

Through the Lens

Are you a future filmmaker between the ages of 13 and 19? Immediate Theatre’s mission is to use performance to change young people’s lives.

When: 22 and 29 June 6.30 – 8.30pm
For Ages: 13 - 19


If you’re aged between 13 and 19, are inspired by other people and by art, then this could be the project for you.

When: 15 June – 15 July
For Ages: 13 - 19

Bags for Life at UAL: London College of Fashion

Budding fashionistas aged 14-16 are invited to upcycle second hand clothing into brilliant bags at London College of Fashion.

When: 26-28 June 9.30 am – 3.30pm and 3-5 July 9.30am-3.30pm
For Ages: 14 - 16

Key Words Hackney

Are you aged between 14 and 16 and dyslexic? If so, you could work with a professional poet, learning how to pen your own poem over six, weekly after-school sessions.

When: 7/14/21/28 June & 5/12 July 4 – 6pm
For Ages: 14 - 16

Urban dance masterclass week and Hip Hop dance battle

Star hip hop dancers are heading to Hackney to lead a whole week of workshops with Hackney Children’s Theatre.

When: 29 May – 2 June, then 10 June
For Ages: 12 - 18

Geffrye Young Producers

Geffrye Youth takeover

Explore the Geffrye Museum after every one else has been sent home…

When: 18 August 6-9pm
For Ages: 14 - 19

Discover Dance Hackney

Discover avant garde dance at this special one-off event, that’s part of the Discover Young Hackney Festival.

Take part in free dance workshops with our celebrity teachers, including Dani from Got To Dance 2014. If you are aged 13-25, all you need to do is come and sign up on the day from 12pm  to get a place.

Watch exceptional performances from East London’s finest youth companies and crews, and of course our own Youth Company and The Garde.

The day is hosted by artistic director Tony Adigun.

12.30-1.30pm AG Moves 1 with Chloe

1.30-2pm East London’s finest youth crews perform

2-3pm AG Mves 2 with a special guest to be announced

3-4pm East London’s finest youth crews perform

3.30-4.30pm Hip hop with Dani

4.30-5pm Avant garde dance through the ages

Have you got a Youth Dance group that wants to perform on one of our platforms? Contact us now at info@avantgardedance.com.

When: 10 June, 12.30pm-5pm
For Ages: 13-25

Discover Young Hackney at Well Street Market

Discover Young Hackney will be taking over the live music stage at Well Street Market to showcase local musicians, singers, MCs, performance poets and spoken word acts.

When: 1 July
For Ages: All ages

Tropical Isles Carnival Academy

Fancy being a Carnival Queen or King? Here’s your chance.

When: 25 July - 28 August, every Wednesday and Thursday from 5.45 till 8 or 9pm
For Ages: 13 - 25

East London Comics and Arts Festival

Inspired by the theme of ‘Dystopian Anime’, students will look around the House of Illustration’s current exhibitions before creating their own, multi-layered screen-print on paper and t-shirts.

When: 16-18 June
For Ages: 11 - 18

Creative Roots

Not all jobs involve sitting behind a desk. What about striding across a stage instead?

When: 24-28 July
For Ages: 13 - 19

Mimbre Summer Workshop

Want to learn how to cartwheel, work on your handstand, and build gravity defying shapes?

When: 21-25 August 11am-5pm
For Ages: 11 - 15

East London Waterway Festival

Basically, it’s a giant, bank holiday festival celebrating fun on the water.

When: 28 August, all day
For Ages: 11 - 25

You, Me, the World and Hackney Wick

What does it mean to exist on this planet, at this time and in this place?

When: 28 June, 5, 12, 19, 26 and 30 July. After school hours.
For Ages: 15 - 19

DashDot YouthDance

This summer holiday, East London Dance is bringing an innovative inclusive dance syllabus to Hackney.

When: Every Monday from 24th July - 21st August, 2 - 3.30pm
For Ages: 11 -18

Hackney Shed Collective

Are you a budding performer, aged between 16 and 25? Hackney Shed is a local performing arts group. Their summer project is focused on those with special and educational needs, but open to everyone who loves to collaborate and wants to perfect their performing skills. If that’s you then drop them a line quickly, before spaces fill up.

When: 2-4 August 11am - 4pm
For Ages: 16-25

4 x 5

Creative Industries Networking

Did you know that making four or more professional connections before you leave school makes you five times more employable?

When: 27 June 7.30pm
For Ages: 16-19

The Committee

Want to run the show? Now’s your chance. The Yard Theatre is looking for ten people, aged between 15 and 19, to take creative control over the theatre.

When: Every Thursday from 27 July – 24 August, and workshops 29, 30, 31 August.
For Ages: 15-19

Don City Radio

Want to be a radio star? This five-day production and broadcasting project will give you everything you need to get started.

When: 24 - 28 July 1-4 pm
For Ages: 11-17

DIY Musical

Want to help make a brand new, professional musical for young people? Join Arcola Theatre for a series of workshops to create and develop one, based on the stories and characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

When: 10-11 June, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
For Ages: 13-19


Hosted by Kat B and Snoochie Shy with music from DJ Semo this entertainment spectacular will feature top artists alongside the best talent that young Hackney has to offer; young singers, dancers, rappers, actors and comedian all competing for the title ‘Alter Ego 2017′.

When: 19 May 2017 7.30pm
For Ages: 11-25
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