Celebrate Hackney Festival - June 5th 2010 - Save the date & get involved!

Plans for Celebrate Hackney! our community festival are progressing well and we are keen to involve as many groups active in Hackney as possible. The event is open to community, faith, political and trade union groups as well as organisations that deliver services in the borough

The event will:
  • Celebrate Hackney’s diversity and its community organisations
  • Increase the knowledge of what Hackney’s communities have to offer
  • Share learning about issues and ways of working
  • Provide a forum for discussion and debate about key issues that affect residents and workers of Hackney
  • Identify key community issues around which people feel there is benefit in working together to affect change.
The event

This will be a one day event that will take place on June 5th 2010 at Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form: Media Arts and Science College, Clissold Road, London N16 9EX

The event will be participative and the agenda set by the community groups participating.

Stoke Newington School has a large hall for plenary sessions and class-rooms that can be used for workshops. All classrooms have OHPs. There is the capacity for around 30 stalls.


This event is for:

Individuals and families from Hackney who want to learn more about the community organisations and services available.
Local community and voluntary organisations
People who wish to celebrate the communities of Hackney

We anticipate individual participation will be in the region of 200 people.

Programme and Activities

Programme development will be informed by the community groups that indicate they want to be involved.

The programme needs to:

Give a voice to the community groups participating
Strengthen relations between community groups
Create awareness of all that Hackney has to offer
At the last count 17 groups had contacted us about stalls and participation. Groups are as diverse as CND, Hackney’s Refugee and Migrant Support Group, the Hackney Council for Voluntary Services, the Hackney Law Centre, Hackney TUC, a school and the local Quakers.

Meanwhile the suggested discussions include the Olympic legacy, youth issues, including police stop and search, a workplace advice session and issues for older people. There will also be a discussion from the Open University who wish to run a ‘return to learn’ session which will link in with the Union Learn presentation.

We also hope to have a series of performances by arts groups linked to the borough.

We have set the deadline of March 29th for groups to book stalls and propose workshops. If your group wants to have a stall at this event then please *download our booking form*. Group registration costs £20 and entitles you to a stall, the opportunity to suggest a workshop or other session and a feature in the 8 page tabloid newspaper which will be used to pre-publicise the event.

If your group cannot attend for any reason, but would still like to indicate its support for this cross community initiative, please let us know.

If your group wants to participate please register your interest by email (info@hakcneyunites.org.uk) and then send a cheque for £20 to

Hackney Unites,
Ground Floor
84 Springfield House
5 Tyssen Street
London E8 2LY

We do hope your group will want to be involved in this exciting day.