Stoke Newington Town Hall reopens with ‘Reveal’ showcase

Reveal, Stoke Newington Town Hall, 27 to 30 January 2010

The newly restored Stoke Newington Town Hall will throw open its doors to the public with a showcase of exciting events celebrating the culture of Hackney.

‘Reveal’ will offer a diverse and varied package of cultural and community events during the week before the official reopening of the 1930s Art Deco building.

Residents and visitors will have the chance to take part in events from exhibitions and lectures to jazz performances, opera and folk music, while getting a first look around the building that has been brought back to its former glory.

The showcase is being put on by Hackney Council to celebrate the completion of major restoration work it commissioned to bring the building back into use.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Karen Alcock, said: “The exciting mix of cultural and community events planned for the Reveal showcase is the perfect way to welcome residents and visitors back to Stoke Newington Town Hall and bring this much loved venue back into the heart of the community.”

More details about the Reveal showcase will be announced in early January.

About the restoration of Stoke Newington Town Hall

The Grade II listed building has been carefully refurbished to preserve its original features whilst providing flexible space with state of the art fixtures and audio visual facilities.

It will provide a high quality and attractive space for community events and for residents to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other life events with their friends and families.

The historic building will provide two unique spaces for community use and private hire - the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall.

A 25 per cent discount will be offered to Hackney-based community groups offering free events to the broad community; registered charities; religious and faith organisations holding community events.

The restoration project, which began in June 2008, was funded by Hackney Council and complements other projects in the area to provide improved facilities for local people, such as the restoration of Clissold Park and House.

Stoke Newington Town Hall was built between 1935 and 1937. It was designed by the distinguished architect J. Reginald Truelove and built in brick and Portland stone.

It was opened by the Lord Mayor of London on 27 September 1937 with music performed by the Band of the Welsh Guards, and the complex is a lasting reminder of Stoke Newington s great civic pride in its status as a Metropolitan borough.

Since then the building has survived the Blitz, seen countless operas and classical music performances, and enjoyed 30 years of stomping feet during its jazz dance hall days. It has also hosted stars including Eartha Kitt, George Melly and Barbara Windsor.

When Stoke Newington Town Hall is brought back into use, the Council Chamber and Assembly Hall will provide a unique, historic setting for events of all kinds.

The Council Chamber retains many of its original features, including a stunning domed ceiling, vaulted galleries, Australian walnut timber panelling and ornate gold cornicing.

Leading up to the Chamber is the impressive sweeping staircase, in the Art Deco style, ideal for creating a real sense of occasion. Whilst the Assembly Hall features its signature mirror ball and sprung Canadian maple dance floor.

The building also offers dedicated dressing areas and a cloakroom for guests. A bar will be available adjacent to the Assembly Hall. A kitchen space has been created in the basement, so that functions can be catered for as desired.

A range of moveable furniture and lights means that both of these impressive spaces can be laid out to suit a wide range of events.

A dedicated events management team are in place to ensure a vibrant and mixed programme of events.

Find out more:

Venue Enquiries: Event Management Team 020 8356 5505