London is an international centre for the arts and creativity with East London acknowledged as a focus for creativity. Hackney is a major provider of the ‘cultural offer’ in East London through our concentration of practicing artists, major cultural venues and creative industries. Part of our remit as a local authority is to ensure that Hackney remains the creative heart of East London and that our practitioners and organisations are best placed to take advantage of any emerging opportunities.
Creative Hackney: a cultural policy framework, London Borough of Hackney
Hackney has one of the most vibrant cultural economies in London.
The Shoreditch and Hoxton areas have been dubbed the UK's ‘Silicon Valley’ with huge expansions in the tech industries, leading to the Government setting up the Tech City Investment Organisation to encourage further growth in the region.
The borough's position as a key location for the digital industry received a further boost when it was announced in July 2012, that the Olympic International Broadcast and Main Press Centres in Hackney were set to beome the iCITY tech hub post Games, creating a potential 6,500 new jobs.
Hackney has its own festival with a procession around several of its market areas
Street art is highly visible around Hackney but one motif will stand out; the Stik people. Stik himself is known around the world and his people, soulful, drunk, playful, sad can be found by chance. Stik is a luminary of these parts and in September 2015 he created a limited set of signed prints of Baby which he sold to raise money for the hospital. In one day he raised £50,000 for the art workshops we run in our RNRU unit. Read the news report here. Below two of his Stik people hide behind some flats above a shop.
The area we serve is old and new, elegant and unkempt, thrusting and peaceful but whichever country you call home it is likely you will find a fellow countryman. This is a great place to be.