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Mosaic exhibition launches hospice gallery

Hackney Mosaic Project unveiled the art work at St Joseph’s Hospice to coincide with St Joseph’s Day, 19 March. The exhibition is being used to officially launch Joe’s Gallery, a corner of the hospice...

A guide to this week’s art, film and music events (19 – 25 March...

Alternative films, 'theatrical rollercoasters', live music, and Shakespeare's greatest work - we round up events in Hackney this week.

Actor Eleanor Wyld discusses the new, reimagined Hamlet

Born and raised in Stoke Newington, actor Eleanor Wyld has landed her fourth role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production, playing Guildenstern in its latest production of Hamlet. She attended the Guildhall School of...

New art on display every day in Old Street

Commuters can see different works by Will Thomson, with themes including ‘Viewfinder’, which depicts outside spaces from an interior, and ‘Flashback’, which looks at familiar spaces transformed under cover of darkness. The artist’s work takes...

Artist Helena Cardow discusses her work, feminism and race

As I walk into the Creative Debuts exhibition in Shoreditch, titled ‘Empowerment,’ I am welcomed by women. Actual women, photographs of women, sculptures of women, paintings of women — all types of women. On...

Abney Park Chapel to host international choir

One of Hackney’s oldest chapels is set to play host to an internationally-performing choir on Sunday 25th March, in a concert inspired by the music of 18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts. This Is The Day...

Award-winning designer in running for Louis Vuitton grant

Loverboy is a fashion brand founded by Charles Jeffrey, a Scottish-born fashion designer known for his gender-fluid designs.

From plumbing depot to music venue, Shoreditch artist reflects on 30 years of change

When Paul Daly first moved into a derelict building on Hoxton Square, he and his fellow artists did not choose the area because of its reputation. “We had no money! That’s why we came...

Review: the RSC’s Hamlet at Hackney Empire

Director Simon Godwin and Paapa Essiedu bring something different to the table in this all-black production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. The thing about Hamlet is that there are no surprises. Everyone in the room knows...

All-female comedy night celebrates International Women’s Day

An all-female line-up of comedians took to the stage yesterday in the name of International Women’s Day. The sold-out comedy event, now in its ninth year, was hosted at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. This...

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Gangs exploiting children for drug deals

Gang members are using children to do drug deals because they will receive a lower punishment if caught, according to a Hackney Council report.