Discover Young Hackney is back bigger and better
Discover Young Hackney (#DYH16) is back for the 10th year running with a bigger and more ambitious programme of arts events and activities for the borough’s 13 to 19 year olds.
A decade on, the festival continues to encourage creativity and provide the borough’s young people with an insight into the performing, media and visual arts industries.
This year, the programme is running until March 2016, and sees industry professionals help thousands of young people through a range of free or low-cost taster sessions, workshops and performances. This year’s themes focus on film, digital, music, access for all and workshops and include film-making, animation, drama and vocal workshops.
Discover Young Hackney has been providing a platform and a chance for young people to engage with their peers, develop creative skills and knowledge from industry professionals, with support into training and careers in the arts for 10 years. If you’re aged 13-19, sign up and get involved, it could be a step on the road to your future career.
Twelve local organisations have signed up to deliver programmes of events, encouraging young people’s creativity and helping them discover pathways into training and careers in the arts.
There’s a Poet’s Takeover in Dalston Square, organised by Arcola Theatre; to a hydrophonic sound project in the Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve, led by sound artist Tom Fisher, and much more.
The Council-led festival is designed to encourage young people’s creativity in as many different areas as possible, as well as helping them find paths into training and arts careers.
There’s the opportunity to take part in film and writing masterclasses with youth arts company Hackney Shed or, on the De Beauvoir Estate, the chance to develop a professional production with the East London Dance company.
DYH (#DYH16) is Hackney Council’s annual youth arts and culture festival and events will run until March 2016.
High lights include:
MIMBRE: GIRLS GO HIGHER
Learn circus skills and take part in a performance in March
Every Thurs until 17 Dec, 6.30-8pm. Mimbre is one of the UK’s leading acrobatic theatre companies.
Amhurst Road/Charterhouse Road Community Centre,
Charterhouse Road, E8 2DZ.
Learn how to capture sounds using recorders and underwater microphones.
Sat 28 Nov, Sat 5 Dec & Sun 20 Feb, 10.30am-4.30pm.
Mornings at Woodberry Wetlands, 1 Newnton Close, N4 2RH; and afternoons at The Edge Youth Hub, 7 Woodberry Grove, N4 1SN.
Film and projection workshops or audio and app building workshops, leading to performances or an exhibition
Sun 6 Dec, 2-4pm.
Ages: 13-19. Free.
Arcola Theatre, Dalston Square, E8 3BQ.
An exciting programme of music and audio-visual workshops for young people, led by digital media artists SDNA and multi-instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Rowland Sutherland
Mon 11 Jan – Mon 8 Feb, 6-8pm.
Ages: 13-19. Free. Young Hackney, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY.
Explore culture, space and life in Hackney through the medium of film. Six workshops led by Hackney Shed will look at devising films, creating story boards and gathering all material necessary for one day of filming on 16 February
Tues 12 Jan-16 Feb, 4.40-5.50pm.
Rappers, dance crews, actors, singers and comedians are wanted to perform on the Hackney Empire stage. Attend auditions on 9 January to show what you’re made of. Successful auditionees will then be mentored by top industry professionals before performing alongside headline acts on 5 February.
Auditions: 9 Jan, 10am-6pm; final: 5 Feb, 7.30-10pm.
Adrenalin Dance to give young people a taste of producing, managing and performing in a variety show.
30 Jan, 11am & 2pm.
Free. St John-at-Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD.
Gain insight into the real-life workings of a major cultural venue. Participants spend three days learning creative skills and gaining practical knowledge, while getting the chance to develop their own business idea
15-17 Feb, 10am-5pm.
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ.
A week of daily dance, spoken word and creative writing workshops, through which participants will be encouraged to create and share their own stories through movement and/or text words. 15-19 Feb, 10am-4pm.
Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ.
For a full programme visit: www.younghackney.org