About the Festival

What's it all about?

Hackney Wick Festival is a free community event organised by local residents. It takes place on the third weekend of September every year, in east London's artist quarter. Working with local residents, schools and businesses, the Festival provides an exciting and wide-ranging programme for everyone.

The programme

The Festival includes activities for children, young people, older people and families. We have incredible dance and theatre performances, art & design shows and live music as well as market stalls and workshops. The Festival also plays a strong role in promoting the community's services and building links between them. We work closely with voluntary groups, charities, the local authority and the emergency services.

Learn more

We will be updating the site regularly with exciting announcements on Festival events and activities. We're also on Facebook and Twitter and will be updating our followers with the latest news. If you would like to know how you can get involved with the Festival, please get in touch through the contact section below.

2011 Festival schedule

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Saturday and Sunday:

  • Experience the Floating Forest.
  • Children can enjoy Captain Pugwash rides.

Gainsborough Primary School

Saturday only:

  • Take part in games, events and activities for children, and enjoy a barbecue too!

Leabank Square

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Challenge yourself on our climbing wall.
  • Play parachute games and more, with Red Octopus Children’s Project
  • Saturday only:
  • Swap items that you don’t need for some that you do, at our giant Give & Take event.

Prince Edward Road

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Treat yourself at the café.
  • Enjoys work of art in the gallery.
  • Watch belly dancing.
  • Listen to live music.


St Mary of Eton Church

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Explore the fête and open house.

Stour Space

Saturday only:

  • Adults can enjoy live music all evening.
  • Browse the Designers’ Market.

Trowbridge Centre

Saturday only:

  • Socialise at our tea dance for Hackney Wick's elders.

Wick Community Centre

Saturday only:

  • Get active at a sports and recreation taster day – try your hand at rowing, basketball, yoga and much more. Get to know what facilities are available locally to keep you fit and healthy. We’ve even got a graffiti workshop!

[EXCHANGE Project Space]

Saturday and Sunday

  • CONSTRUCTIONS: The space will host a range of participatory events to include; construction workshops, collaborative performance, tea debates, a community gallery, bartering space, and an afternoon of performances.  www.exchangeprojectspace.blogspot.com

Wick Green

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Browse market stalls selling food, arts & crafts, bric-a-brac, books, clothes and much more.
  • Learn about local projects, charities and events.
  • Have fun with the Albion Kids Show.
  • Become a Pearly King or Queen.
  • Get behind the wheel of a fire engine.
  • Live music courtesy of Oxjam.
  • Be entertained by performance and dance events.

The Yard Theatre

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Enjoy the incredible theatre that The Yard has to offer.


Saturday and Sunday:

  • Explore the area on a rickshaw.
  • Enjoy to the sounds of our choir.
  • And much more!
  • Mabley Meadow

    Saturday Only

    • Daffodil Planting from 12pm - 4pm. www.mableymeadow.blogspot.com

How to get to the Wick

Transport links

Hackney Wick is easy to get to, and a number of transport links serve the area. We love where we live and want to protect it, so where possible please take public transport, walk or cycle. Find us on a map.

By train

Hackney Wick station is on the London Overground, and is located in the heart of the area, close to a lot of the events. Change from the Central line at Stratford or the Victoria line at Highbury & Islington.

By bus

Buses 8, 26, 30, 236, 276, 388 and 488 serve Hackney Wick, with a short walk to the events.

By foot

Quiet streets, beautiful green spaces and interesting sights make walking to the Festival a great option. And the environment will love you.

By bike

Bicycle is the favoured mode of transport for residents of the Wick. There's plenty of places to lock up, and you can avoid the traffic jams.

By car

We'd rather no one came by car, but if you really have to, there's limited parking around the Wick. It will fill up fast though, and congestion is likely in the local area.

Sponsors & partners


Albion Kids Show
Family Mosaic
Inversion Table Life
Gainsborough Childrens Centre
Gainsborough School


The Hackney Pearl
Hackney Play Bus
Hackney Wicked
Livespace Theatre Company


Red Octopus
St. Mary of Eton Church
Stour Space


Hackney Counsil logo

newlon fusion logo


Olympic Park Legacy Company logo


hackney formans logo

Wick Award

About the Wick Award

Local people will help invest £1million of Big Lottery Funding over 10 years, to make Wick Ward a better place to live, now and in the future. Local skills and ideas are needed so that we can improve the area together. Hackney Wick Festival is working with other local partners to start planning.

Why we're involved

The Hackney Wick Festival organising committee have been charged with consulting the public about the Wick Award. It's important that we decide together the best way to improve the area that we live in. We think that we're well placed to talk to you all and ensure everyone has a chance to have their say. We're not the decision makers; you are.


Find out more

The brand new Wick Award website is currently in development and will be live very soon. To be the first in the know, sign up to the mailing list.



General enquiries

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Event enquiries

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Volunteer at the Festival

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Run a stall

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The Chair

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The Treasurer

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The Secretary

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