Hackney teams up with the Barbican’s ‘101 things to do this Summer’

Hackney Council has teamed up with the Barbican this summer as part of 101 things to do this Summer - the Centre’s most ambitious summer programme yet. It brings together a heady mix of world-class and international acts to the Barbican Centre along with open-air concerts and events with partner venues and spaces in East London – with a particular focus on Hackney.

From the contemporary music festival Blaze, to a theatre show, dance events and special film seasons there are a huge range of performances during the summer months. The Barbican can be found throughout the whole borough; catch them at Gillett Square in Dalston, the Shoreditch Festival, the Vortex and Stoke Newington Town Hall. They will also be resident at the Hackney Empire where they bring six nights of high-profile, international artists to the historical and much-loved venue.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre said: “Our collaborations in Hackney this summer are a crucial part of what the Barbican is all about: showcasing and supporting the best local and international artists, performances across the widest possible spectrum of the arts and a diverse and daring programme. 101 things to do this Summer is the most ambitious summer programme we have ever created, and has east London at it’s core. It’s thanks to our collaborations with partners and venues in Hackney such as the Empire, Vortex, Stoke Newington Town Hall along with the numerous outdoor spaces that makes such a vibrant offering possible. There really is something for everyone this summer – I hope you enjoy it!”

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Hackney is a hub of artistic and creative talent and our partnership with the Barbican is the perfect way to offer residents and visitors alike even more opportunities to enjoy and experience world-class acts. From jazz to soul and from dance workshops to film screenings – the Barbican’s summer programme in Hackney has something for everyone.”

Barbican Centre in Hackney - events

14 June – 20 June 2010
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

The Barbican’s first International Residency, with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a stellar group of JALC musicians offers audiences at the Barbican and in East London the opportunity to experience some of the best big band music in the world, played by a selection of America’s finest jazz musicians. The major concert series is augmented by a programme of creative learning in London schools and at the Guildhall School, which includes workshops, masterclasses, professional development and a keynote address by Wynton Marsalis.

Wednesday 16 June & Thursday 17 June 9pm
A Midsummer Night’s Swing:
Musical Director Guy Barker and guests from Jazz at Lincoln Center
Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR
Tickets £25 (dancefloor) / £15 (seated gallery)
Produced by the Barbican
Red-hot swing from a specially-assembled big band under the direction of trumpeter, bandleader and arranger Guy Barker which features brilliant musicians from both sides of the pond. Guests from New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center include trumpeter Terell Stafford and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who will be sitting alongside UK jazz masters such as trumpeters Nathan Bray and Byron Wallen, trombonists Mark Frost and Winston Rollins and saxophonists Jason Yarde, Shabaka Hutchings and Alan Barnes, and a rhythm section powered by drummer Ralph Salmins.

This is a standing / dancing room summer celebration of the dance roots of jazz with some of the most exciting, foot-tapping arrangements in the history of the music. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Bring your dancing shoes!

19 June – 30 July 2010

Blaze, the Barbican’s contemporary music festival for Summer, brings some of the most exciting international artists to East London for a six-week celebration which includes commissions and new works, open-air concerts, free events and promotions in new venues.

The events of Blaze are part of CREATE10, a unique arts festival that celebrates the wealth of homegrown artistic talent, cultural institutions and iconic arts venues in East London from the five Olympic host boroughs from 19 June – 1 August. More at

Sunday 20th June 3pm
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Jazz for Young People
Hackney Empire
Tickets £10/£5 for children under 16
Produced by the Barbican and Jazz at Lincoln Center

An afternoon concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s specially prepared family programme, Nursery Song Swing. Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, the show invites families into the world of jazz through singing, dancing, storytelling and listening, featuring new arrangements of familiar children’s songs.

Sunday 20 June 7.30pm
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Modern Jazz Masters
Tickets £25/20/15
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Bringing the big band story bang up to date in the gorgeous and intimate setting of the Hackney Empire, Wynton Marsalis leads his stellar orchestra through the music that took jazz from the 1960s to present. Expect dazzling renditions of originals by Marsalis and the members of JLCO – as well as their arrangements of great compositions by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Jackie McLean.

United In Swing 2010: Tomorrow s Warriors Jam Sessions
Thursday 17, Friday 18, Saturday 19 June 10.30pm – 1am

Tickets £5 (£3 for ticket holders of evening performance)
Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ Box office 020 7254 4097

Musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, who will be in residence at the Barbican in June, will be sitting in on the jam sessions at the Vortex for three nights.
Tomorrow s Warriors has been established in 1991 by original Jazz Warriors double bassist, Gary Crosby to nurture and develop talented young jazz musicians who wish to pursue a professional career in jazz. Tomorrow s Warriors represents the new face of jazz. It is a platform for black "streetwise" jazz musicians which helped to incubate names such as Courtney Pine, Gary Crosby, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, and many others.
3 July - 4 July 2010
Dance Nations Dalston

Music – Blaze, bite & Creative Learning | Gillett Square, Dalston, London
Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ
Admission free, Produced by the Barbican
From 12pm each day

A jam-packed weekend of live music, dance workshops and stunning dance and music performances. The Barbican s theatre and music teams invite you to participate in a lively programme designed for all ages and abilities in Dalston s hippest square. Put your glad rags on, grab your dancing shoes and join us for the whole weekend, as international bands and dance groups perform alongside East London s finest talent.

Over the weekend New York City’s Asphalt Orchestra will wind their way through the audience – a modern marching band like no other. London’s coolest experimental jazz band, Polar Bear, will take to the stage with music from new album Peepers. The wonderfully eccentric 12 piece baritone saxophone ensemble, Tokyo-chutei-iki, will perform. London-based Congolese band Zong Zing All Stars are guaranteed to get everyone moving. Jazz, hip-hop, funk and even a bit of spoken word are expertly woven together by London five piece, Benin City - BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles’s ‘one to watch’. And Bristol’s Zun Zun Egui join the party with their hyptonic, joyful sound, which captures shades of Fela Kuti’s grooves and krautrock’s rhythms.

Learn to Hip Hop with Legendary Boy Blue Entertainment and dynamic b.supreme. Try your moves with champion same sex ballroom dancers The Sugar Dandies, bop to the vibrant Bollywood Vibes or shimmy with the infectious Tropical Isles. Get your hips wiggling in our hulahooping extravaganza or join us for our first ever Flash Mob led by the fantastic Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs. There is something for everyone!

Part of CREATE10 and Big Dance

15 - 22 July 2010
The Barbican at Hackney Empire

Music – BLAZE | Hackney Empire
The Barbican proudly presents some of the most exciting international acts on the scene at this historical and much-loved Hackney venue. Six nights of high-profile, international artists – including some top dance bands presented with an informal, standing and dancing space created in the stalls.

Thursday 15 July 8pm
Céu + Bomba Estéreo
Tickets £10/15
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican

Céu is Brazil’s latest gift to music – a hugely talented young singer-songwriter whose pure voice nestles in cool and contemporary productions of samba-funk, reggae and bossa. Pulling together strands of her country’s rich musical heritage, along with the sounds of Jamaica and New York (a city where she has lived for some years) she spins together a unique sound which owes much to the electro flavours of her native Sao Paulo. Her most recent CD, Vagarosa, is on Six Degrees Records.

‘Céu has put Brazilian music back on the map’ – Sunday Times

Bomba Estéreo, from Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, make psychedelic cumbia. This musical project, formed by Simón Mejía and singer Liliana Saumet in 2005, is forging a new tropical sound which merges folk styles from the Colombian Caribbean coast - like cumbia, bullerengue and champeta - with electronica, reggae and hip-hop. The result is an explosive dance sound. Their latest release is Estalla (Polen/Nacional Records).

‘The Bogotá group live up to their explosive moniker with an infectiously danceable sound that often expands into fairly trippy territory’ - LA Weekly

Friday 16 July 8pm
Willie Colón
Tickets £15/20
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican

Known in his youth as El Malo - the bad boy - Willie Colón, Bronx-born with Puerto Rican grandparents, has sold more than any other single Latin artist (over 30 million sales worldwide) during a career spanning more than 40 years. A trombonist, singer, composer and one of the original Fania All-Stars, his collaboration with Ruben Blades, Siembra, is the biggest-selling Salsa album of all time. Later on, his collaboration with Hector LaVoe was the milestone that spread this joyous fusion of tropical./urban music throughout Latin America. His forthcoming albums are Pregunta Por Ahi (Pcm Digital) and Metiendo Mano with Ruben Blades (out in May on Fania).

Tuesday 20 July 8pm
Staff Benda Bilili + special guests
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious

One of the hottest African acts on the scene right now, their name translates as ‘look beyond appearances’. The mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals, are sometimes reminiscent of Cuban swing, at other times of the Godfather of Soul himself. The band’s core members are disabled street-musicians, who drive custom-built motorised tricycles, and live in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo in the Congo. Staff Benda Bilili have a strong following on YouTube and have performed alongside Massive Attack and Damon Albarn. Their acclaimed debut album was Très Très Fort (Crammed).

‘One measure of how exceptional Staff Benda Bilili are is that their first London show packed the Barbican with and audience that, six months ago, had never heard of them’ (5 stars) – Financial Times

Wednesday 21 July 8pm
Taraf De Haïdouks + Boban Markovic
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican

Taraf de Haidouks – literally ‘band of outlaws’ - were the first Balkan Gypsy band to clamber over the fresh ruins of the Berlin Wall and win a Western audience. Discovered in their village of Clejani in south western Romania by Belgian impresario Stephane Karo in 1989, this troup of then-unemployed musicians soon received a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music – presented by their admirer Johnny Depp. Appearances in films (Latcho Drom, The Man Who Couldn’t Cry) and praise from Yehudi Menuhin and Depp helped consolidate the Taraf’s reputation. Their last album Maskarada (2007- Crammed Discs) features a reinterpretation of the Transylvanian Gypsy music that inspired Bartok and Liszt to push central European classical composition forward.

‘The energy and panache of the group was amazing - opening their arms to us, grinning both to each other and the audience, they really invited us to enjoy ourselves ‘- The Independent

The Boban Markovic Orkestar is widely held to be the greatest of the Balkan gypsy brass bands, and is famed for its contribution to the soundtrack of Emir Kusturica’s Underground. Drawing inspiration from Klezmer, jazz and Latin styles, the Boban Markovic Orkestar also push their music into the future with an infusion of funk – all interpreted with their stunning mixture of exuberance and virtuosity. Their latest opus, ‘Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven’ is on Piranha.

‘It’s like being injected intravenously with a life-giving drug’ - Songlines

Thursday 22 July 8pm
Dracula, The Music and Film featuring Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
Hackney Empire
Produced by the Barbican

Philip Glass gives new life to Universal Pictures’ 1931 classic Dracula with a new score which underlines the romanticism of the story and the haunting power of Bela Lugosi’s gaze. Glass’s minimalist tendencies lend themselves well to the suspense and shifting moods of silent cinema, but in Dracula he also maintains an engagingly listenable and timeless chamber-music feel. Accompanying the projection of this Tod Browning-directed period masterpiece is the Kronos Quartet, consisting of David Harrington and John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) who will be joined by Glass on stage; the work will be conducted by keyboardist Michael Riesman and promises a hypnotic and exhilarating audio-visual experience.

‘A provocative sound track … film purists may call it a trick, but it is really a treat’ - Los Angeles Daily News

World in Motion Day at Shoreditch Festival

18 July 2010
World in Motion Day at Shoreditch Festival
Part of the Barbican’s Caribbean and Roots of Reggae Weekend
bite10, Film & Music | Shoreditch Park, London

Building on the success of last year’s event the Barbican is again collaborating with the
Guildhall School and the Shoreditch Trust to create World in Motion Day - a day by young people, for all people. Showcasing the young WiM drummers and performances by Boy Blue Entertainment and Lazy Habits, the Barbican also brings a Caribbean and Calypso theme to the event with a stunning bill of Caribbean artists.

Alongside events at the Barbican, we present three wonderful Caribbean groups in the friendly atmosphere of this community open space in the heart of hip Hoxton. Gilzene & The Blue Light Mento Band are the finest exponents of mento, the infectious, irreverent folksong that was one of the crucial influences on the evolution of Ska and Reggae in the early 1960s. The Viceroys are a classic roots reggae vocal trio, who occupy a place in the pantheon alongside that of the Mighty Diamonds and whose Consider Yourself LP occupies an enduring place in the history of conscious Jamaican music. And Bomba Estéreo forge a new tropical sound which merges folk styles from the Colombian Caribbean coast - like cumbia, bullerengue and champeta - with electronica, reggae and hip-hop.

Gilzene & The Blue Light Mento Band + The Viceroys + Bomba Estéreo
Music - BLAZE | Shoreditch Park
Sunday 18 July 3pm
Admission free
Shoreditch Park, London N1 6TA
Produced by the Barbican

Barbican Film at Shoreditch Festival

17 – 18 July 2010
Barbican Film at Shoreditch Festival
Barbican Film | Shoreditch Park
Barbican Film returns to London’s annual Shoreditch festival with free outdoor screenings to suit all ages. The programme includes silent film with live musical accompaniment and specially selected animated shorts for both children and adults. Part of CREATE. For more details visit

17 July | 1pm
Barbican Film | Shoreditch Park
Shoreditch Shorts Jnr - Family-friendly animation from around the world (4+, 60m). Shoreditch Shorts Jnr, a selection of animated shorts designed especially for young people, showcases a breathtaking range of exciting animation styles from hand-drawn to model manipulation. Audiences see a young alien’s first visit to Earth and follow a persistent duck through a pop-up book at this special outdoor screening, which includes favourites from Barbican Film’s annual London Children’s Film Festival as well as brand new animations from Britain and around the world. Including Invasions, The Happy Ducking, The Crow with the Naked Bottom, Mutt and more.

17 July | 4pm
Barbican Film | Shoreditch Park
Shoreditch Shorts – Unmissable animation from Britain and beyond (10+) (60 min). Barbican Film presents Shoreditch Shorts, a superlative selection of animated shorts, from award-winning documentary to stunning music video, high-octane action to touching romance, black and white to mind-blowing neon; offering an eclectic mix of the best of contemporary animation. Hilarious, bold and beautiful, there’s something here for everyone. Including Cattle Call, Wolves, Heartstings, Speechless, Kitteh Kitteh and more.

17 July | 5pm
Barbican Film | Shoreditch Park
Playing House with Buster Keaton – One Week, The Scarecrow and The Haunted House (US Dirs. Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton 60min) with live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell. Playing House with Buster Keaton is a riotous concoction of family-friendly silent film comedy from Buster Keaton. All three films feature Buster and friends in less than ordinary domestic arrangements – whether it’s dealing with pesky spirits in The Haunted House, trying to build a pre-fab house with more than a screw loose in One Week or attempting to eat dinner with decidedly unconventional cutlery in The Scarecrow, this madcap mix of slapstick shorts is not to be missed.

18 June | 1.00pm
Shoreditch Shorts – Unmissable animation from Britain and beyond (10+) (60 min)