Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

The third annual Hackney WickED arts festival amused and beguiled thousands from the start on Friday 30 July through to its climax on Sunday 1 August. The event – larger even than last year’s bash – featured dozens of open studios and warehouses where several hundred of Hackney Wick’s resident artists showed off their latest creations.

Festival-goers also enjoyed dozens of planned and impromptu live entertainments, including a panoply of different bands, cabaret, comedy, outdoor cinema, several food and flea markets and even a regatta on the River Lea.

Interactive installations in several of the studios provided festival-goers with a variety of creative experiences, from the eerie to the sublime.

A 48-hour radio station provided additional musical background, as well as practical information on the ever-changing kaleidoscope of official and unofficial festival goings-on.

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Photo:© Victoria Roberts

Support us


The coronavirus outbreak has meant that the Hackney Citizen has been unable to print a monthly newspaper for the last three months.

The need for quality news and reliable reporting is crucial - however, this is an increasingly challenging time for local journalism.

Our main source of income, print advertising revenue, fell suddenly - and so we are asking you, the readers, for your help.A one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team get our newspaper back in print and keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

Find out how you can donate.

Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.