Sign up open for Discover Young Hackney’s programme of free and low cost events for young people interested in the arts

Discover Young Hackney’s annual youth arts and culture programme returns in 2023 with an exciting line-up of activities to help young people take their first steps towards a career in the creative sector. 

Young Hackney residents from 13 to 19, and up to 25 with special needs or disabilities, can sign up for a number of different events and workshops led by industry professionals, covering a wide range of creative art forms such as music, dance, theatre and film.

This year Hackney Council has partnered with a record number of Hackney’s leading arts and cultural organisations, including Hackney Shed, Children with Voices and Arcola Theatre, to develop a programme of activities throughout August. 

The 2023 Discover Young Hackney programme features:

  • Digital dance workshop featuring with avatars, music and choreography by the Alexander Whitley Dance Company
  • An introduction to theatre production by Arcola Theatre
  • Literacy masterclasses led by award-winning writers from the Badu Community
  • Lessons in podcast production and a chance to interview local artists, with Children with Voices
  • Wellbeing activities, including ceramics and yoga, with Dalston Clay
  • A chance to create your own piece of theatre around the theme Limitless, with Hackney Shed
  • An opportunity to go behind the scenes of a contemporary opera production, with Original Sing
  • Discounted tickets to the world premiere of ‘A&E’ at Grimeborn Opera Festival
  • A chance to spend time with a record label and release a single, with Progression Sessions

Discover Young Hackney is a great opportunity for young people in the borough to explore the arts, discover new interests and potentially develop new skills across a range of different creative art forms. I urge any young person with an interest in music, fashion, art, design or media to sign up and take their first step towards what could be an exciting career here in the creative heart of London.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Sign up for Discover Young Hackney programme events is live from Friday 23 June. 

Find a full list of what’s happening and details of how to take part here. You can also follow Discover Young Hackney on Twitter, and Facebook.