Tuesday, 22 April 2008

You are invited to attend the AGM and constitution of the first Hackney Wick Festival, taking place in September 2008.


Thursday 24th April
Hackney Wick Community Centre,
The Old Baths 80 East Way Hackney London E9 5JH

· meet the organisers
· hear about the plans
· find out how to be involved

We would be delighted if you could attend and look forward to seeing you.

For further information:
Fiona Fieber, SPACE
020 8525 4347

Rev Alan Piggot, St Mary of Eton
020 8533 8531


Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2008

The idea has been developed in partnership with :
Hackney Wick Community Association
St. Mary of Eton Church
Trowbridge Day Centre
Gainsborough Primary School

These organisations between them provide a vital range of community based activities from recreation through to heritage, employment and creativity. They are also, importantly, strategically placed at the gateway to a planned Olympic village and close to the Press and Media Centre which form an important part of the Olympic legacy.

The Cultural Olympiad launches W/E 26 – 28 September 2008. This provides the perfect opportunity for us to raise the profile of the Hackney Wick Festival.

This is the first of what is hoped to become an annual event. The aim is:
to raise the profile of the area
to understand better what the area can and does provide and to be able to access the facilities available within this key area.
to break down barriers between all groups, encourage greater and more positive use of the open spaces and public facilities
to foster social cohesion by encouraging participation by and between local groups, schools, businesses

Programme overview

Programme content will be provided by pulling together and publicising existing projects and activities in the area plus organising a one day Fete

Local centres and organisations will also have the opportunity to organise their own venue based events to showcase / promote themselves – e.g. an open day, sports event, athletics/martial arts display, taster session, art exhibition, open studios, performance, garden and talent competitions, raffles.

Sunday 28th September - the primary focal point for these events will be the Village Green opposite St. Mary of Eton on Eastway where the one day Hackney Wick Festival Fete will be held as the main event of the Festival weekend.

Draft programme of ideas

Hackney Wick Festival Saturday 27 Sept – Local centres and organisations open up for the day and organise their own venue based events to showcase / promote themselves – e.g. an open day, sports event, athletics/martial arts display, taster session, art exhibition, open studios, performance, garden and talent competitions, raffles.

Hackney Wick Festival Fete Sunday 28 Sept – one day outdoor Festival main event on the Village Green, Eastway. Stalls, food, community and family activities. Public Works artist activities.

Launch of the Cultural Olympiad – 26 / 27/ 28 September

SPACE artists’ commission – the group of artists known as Public Works will carry out a pre-programme of research and community engagement that will inspire and bring together the local communities. Ultimately this programme will result in the Hackney Wick Festival Fete on Sunday 28 September. This innovative research process through which information can be disseminated as well as public opinion and ideas expressed, could include events ranging from walks for older people, food sharing events/picnics, creative mapping workshops, a one day café in the church precinct, information sharing, all within a framework designed by the artists.

London Open House – London-wide architecture event. St Mary of Eton will open its doors for visitors and explorers curious to see round this historic building.

Audio guided tour – pick up a CD player from any of the Festival venues - plug in and be guided around Eastway by the children and people who live here.

Adaptive Actions – Jean Francois Prost, SPACE artist in residence; project looking at the Blue Wall around the Olympic site in Hackney Wick.

Open Studios 1. –SPACE Studios at Eastway Laundry
Open Studios 2.– (St Mary of Eton Studios)

John Frankland, artist, new public art work – 100 tonne granite boulder, transported up from Cornwall and lowered into place on Mabley Green in June. A twin boulder will be placed in Shoreditch Park at the same time.Peer Gallery and Core Arts. Climbing activities? Artist’s Talk?

Art of Common Place –Talkeoke, devised by Michael Weinkove, is a performance/debating platform that generates discussion at social events in an engaging, fun way. It will be an outdoor event at the Hackney Wick Festival Fete and will engage a diverse audience to participate in lively discussions and opinion sharing. Part of a series of dialogues looking at the use of open, common spaces, by Gunpowder Park in partnership with SPACE.

Blue Fence Project – writer in residence project at Gainsborough Primary School, with Immediate Theatre and Sanctuary Housing.

Hackney Wick Digital Map – London21 with artist Christian Nold.

Community Garden – Trowbridge Day Care Centre.

Bike Project – Youth4Hackney Recycling, training, maintenance.

Hackney Play Bus, Albion Kids Show

Victoria Park Harriers

And much more - work in progress
Websites , participating organisations


Contact:Fiona Fieber, Head of Collaborations
SPACE 129 – 131 Mare Street, Hackney E8
020 8525 4330 / 4347

1 comment:

Geoff said...


I couldn't make it unfortunately!

Could someone who did go tell us what was discussed please?