Sunday 04th December

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Vitality Run Hackney – the fresh new half marathon to hit the capital!

On May 10th 2015 Hackney will close its roads to cars and open them to thousands of runners for Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon 2015.
Now in its second year it is set to be bigger and better than ever! Places are expected to go fast so don’t miss out book your place today!

Category: Sport
Photo credit: Sophia Spring

Ghostpoet: Hackney Empire


Music began with the affable Andrew Ashong whom I last saw supporting Jimmy Cliff no less at ‘The Other Empire’. Check-out his intoxicating blend of sunshine-reggae and cool jazz. His talented backing band comprised a drummer and percussionist with three guitarists including himself. Yearnsome harmonies attained that beauty in simplicity marking talent, and the nursery-rhyme-ish ‘Special’ would have anyone dancing around its playground. The programme had been delayed by an hour due to “problems with the tickets” but at least it hadn’t rained. Meanwhile, DJ Thom of Alt-J slammed some slabs.

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Category: Music
Photo credit: Fabio Lugaro

Cafe Oto: Otomo Yoshihide


Cafe Oto, Dalston

Cafe Oto is one of those places I’ve always meant to check-out. Easy to get to from Dalston Kingsland Overground – a three minute walk and next door to the Arcola Theatre. Doors open at 8pm but according to staff things usually kick off “sometime before 9…” Judging by the bustling queue, I was relieved to have some choice of seating though everywhere seemed comfortable in this relaxing and ambient place. During the following hour the venue became very busy and perhaps it’s wise to arrive early.

Avant Garde improviser Otomo Yoshihide emerged almost insignificantly in plaid shirt and fishing cap to slouch over the piano, hunched beneath its open lid, forearms dipping into its strings. Slow to begin and so quiet you could hear the street outside. The amplification became ever more vibrant and as the audience quietened the sound seemed to seep from within the shared space. But this imperceptible start became all too audible, searing pulsations scorching our ears in magnitudinous dynamic range. At home I’d have turned down the volume and marvelled at its genius but there were frequent instances when just trying to listen proved unbearable. A couple of punters covering their ears I suspect enjoyed a more pleasurable experience.

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Category: Culture
Leandro Erlich, Dalston House
Leandro Erlich, Dalston House

Defying gravity in London

Have you always admired Man on a Wire without quite having the stomach for this kind of endeavour? If you are in for something a little less life threatening, the Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich has made possible for you to safely defy gravity. You have until August 4th, 2013 to levitate at Dalston House.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Leandro Erlich has gained notoriety thanks to the Swimming Pool, an installation that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001. His work is often made out of architectural components at human scale. The participants are invited to experience surroundings with a twist.

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Category: Art
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend Review

If you were sat at home watching the highlight’s of BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, regretting that you didn’t register. You missed one of the most amazing festival line-ups this summer!


Hackney, located in the heart of East London, is the host borough for the London 2012 Olympics. Hackney is an urban area, well-known for the vast amount of home-grown talent from the likes of Leona Lewis, Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal and many more. It is amazing to see something positive happening in a once deprived area, as Hackney hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last summer…

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Category: Festivals