Discover Young Hackney bigger, better, bolder


Whether its music production, fashion, filming, poetry or comic book design, Discover Young Hackney, the borough’s biggest youth arts festival, has it all to offer.

From May to September around 30 local arts organisations will deliver a jam packed programme of events for young people aged 13-19, aiming to spark creativity and help young people discover pathways into training and careers in the arts.

Young people across Hackney will get to work with some of the industry’s top professionals taking part in a range of free or low cost taster sessions, workshops and performances. This year’s festival focuses on Hackney as the creative heart of London, and includes sessions with big names like the London College of Fashion, Arcola Theatre, Hackney Empire, Tropical Isles Carnival, The Yard Theatre, and the Geffrye Museum.

Discover Young Hackney, the award winning culture festival, has the arts covered from A to Z, from acrobatics to playing the zither, from almost professional to proper beginner, Discover Young Hackney has something for everyone.



Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney
Discover Young Hackney is one of the biggest youth arts festivals in the UK, and it’s happening right on our doorstep here in Hackney – the creative heart of London. This festival not only gives young people the chance to get involved with a wide variety of arts and cultural activities, but will also enable young people to find out about career pathways in the arts. If you’re aged 13-19, sign up, get involved, find out more about a career in the arts, and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney

The festival starts on 19 May with Alter Ego at Hackney Empire. Hosted by Kat B and Snoochie Shy, the show promises to be an entertainment spectacular and will feature top artists alongside up-and-coming acts from Hackney.

All of the Discover Young Hackney event listings can be found on the Discover Young Hackney website, you can also follow events via the Discover Young Hackney FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts and by using #DYH17.