Let the festivals begin in Hackney

Bring on the Summer!

The continuous warm and sunny weather we have been experiencing isn’t the only indication that summer is upon us. A long list of festivals, including home grown ones organized by locals, the council and colleges and big name established ones like Love Box will add to our summer fun.

The first major festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 3 June) in Stoke Newington, and although it is only it’s second time around the Stoke Newington Literary Festival has established it’s self as a “must go” while garnering rave reviews in the national press.  With both new and established writers, children’s events and an assortment of events, it is as unique as the area.

They even managed to bag their MP, Diane Abbott again this year. She will be helping to kick this off  at a gala launch tomorrow.

Another home grown festival is The Clapton Festival which is next weekend Saturday 11 June to Sunday 12. It’s a first for the organizers from Clapton.

FESTIVALS, FETE’S & EVENTS IN HACKNEY THIS SUMMER

3-5 June

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

11 June

Anatolian Cultural Fete

LED Festival -Victoria Park

11-12 June

The Clapton Festival

12 June

Tour de Dalston

Sex Worker Film Festival

18 June

St Joseph’s Hospice’s Summer Fete

3 July

William Patten School Summer Fair

12am – 3pm

This year’s Summer Fair will have live music, delicious food and drink, lots of stalls and games and fabulous raffle prizes to be won, so come along and join in the fun!. Age group: all ages. William Patten Primary School, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0NX. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Camilla Redmond . Email: camilla.redmond@gmail.com Telephone: 07852 564849.

6 July

HCC  Summerfest

Showcasing the best student talent in Hackney. Fashion shows, Dance, Performing arts, Art, photography & media exhibitions, open mic, sports skills showcase. Try something new in the WorldSkills2011 Have-a-Go festival …. Soak up the sun, enjoy the atmosphere, relax in the stunning Shoreditch campus. BBQ (not free). Hackney Community College, Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street London N1 6HQ. www.hackney.ac.uk for details

Followed by Hackney AllStars Musicfest, FREE.  6 July 8-10pm. Bringing on stage together some of the great musical talents from Hackney. Old(er), young;  Signed & unsigned. Bar (not free), atmos, music. Brought to you by HCCAlumni & Friends. Hackney Community College, Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street London N1 6HQ. www.hackney.ac.uk for details

9 July

The 1-2-3-4  Shoreditch

15-17 July

LoveBox

23 July

Festival of Yoruba Arts

23 – 24 July

High Voltage Festival

24 July

Activity Festival (Parks for Life)

Sunday, 24 July 2011 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Haggerston Park will be transformed into a traditional sports day! There will be fitness coaches hosting FREE workshops throughout the afternoon. If you would rather relax, a community stage will provide live music. A host of healthy eating food stalls and a market area will be selling goodies. Egg and spoon races, long jump, time trials?. Age group: All ages welcome. Haggerston Park, Yorkton Street, E2 8NH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Georgina Jenkins. Email: parksforlife@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8356 6597 .

30-31 July

Extraordinary Tales from Abney Park – A Weekend of

11am and 2pm. A local, green-fingered storyteller wanders back in time to look at the origins and development of Abney Park, its international horticultural connections and its historical characters. We’ll also explore the features and medicinal qualities of some of the plants and trees that are to be found in the Park. Free. Abney Park Trust, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LN. Contact: Chris Bowler. Email: cbowler@geffrye-museum.org.uk Telephone: 020 7739 9893

7 August

Hackney One Carnival (Parks for Life)

12noon – 6pm

Let the carnival continue! This year the Hackney One Carnival will finish in a vibrant family event delivered by Parks for Life. Live music, dance, FREE dance and movement workshops, healthy food concessions and a kids zone. The Carnival parade will start on Ridley Road Market at 12 noon and end in Clissold Park. . Age group: All ages welcome. Clissold Park, Green Lanes, N16 9HJ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Georgina Jenkins. Email: parksforlife@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8356 6597 .

7 August

Apple Cart Festival (Win Tickets to see Tim Minchin, Saint Etienne and others from Hackney Hive)

20 August

Little London Fields Festival

Any others we have missed out?

Email:  events@hackneyhive.co.uk

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