Free cultural events come to Hackney Central
In celebration of the pedestrianisation of Hackney Central's Narrow Way, the Council is launching a six month cultural programme including events and vast improvements to the areas public space.
Hackney-based architects Studio Weave have been recruited to dramatically change the look of the Narrow Way including temporary painted patterns to the pathways as well as installing recycled seating from East London Furniture along with planters to create a more welcoming place for people to enjoy.
Other events will include street food markets, art and craft workshops, live music, theatre, fetes, street dressing, a big street lunch as well as other community projects and events delivered by local people.
Saturday 7 September will see the street taken over by a huge family festival from Mimbre, a local and international circus and street theatre company, who will be filling the area with interactive performances including live music, street dance and acrobatics. There will also be a host of free workshops to learn anything from circus skills to juggling ball making. A bouncy castle, plenty of play equipment and outdoor games will be on offer too.
These improvements play a vital role in the wider regeneration plans for Hackney Central. The proposed changes will help to make this valuable space a safer and more pleasant place where the community and visitors can shop, meet and spend time in the heart of the borough. The planned programme of free events will help to drive people to the Narrow Way and make the most of an area already steeped in heritage with a rapidly emerging cultural offer.
More exciting additions to the areas public realm as well as other surprise events will be revealed over the course of the six months and will be delivered by local organisations with help from residents.
The full events programme including details and dates will be announced soon. Visit Hackney Central for updates and to find out more about the wider regeneration of the area.