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East London Neighbourhoods: What's happening in and around Hackney this May

Weekends are never boring in Hackney and this month is no different, here's our pick of what's happening in May, from dance parties to historical tours, vintage finds to foraging fields, there's something here for everyone.

4th May: Queen's Yard Summer Party

Returning for another year, this day to night celebration of London’s vibrant dance music scene takes places across over 20 venues in and around Queen's Yard in Hackney Wick. More than 100 DJs playing everything from house and techno to garage and disco. Venues include The Yard, Colour Factory, CRATE brewery and 9294.  

5th May | The East London Vintage Furniture & Flea

Held just over the Hackney border in the beautiful glass Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, you'll find more than 80 stalls of mid century furniture, vintage homewares, retro fashion & accessories, flea stalls from local creators selling their wardrobes to vintage sellers from all over the UK. There is something for all budgets, tastes and styles.

10th - 12th May | Hackney History Festival

The first Hackney History Festival takes place this May across a number of local venues including Hackney Archives, Museum of the Home and Sutton House. There will be talks, walks, and guided tours showcasing some of Hackney's most iconic and historical buildings and spaces.

Talks include: from Hackney with love - an intimate history of regeneration, gentrification and belonging with writer Richard Yeboah. And, from Hackney to Hollywood - a local musical history. Where journalist Craig McLean will be in conversation with rapper turned broadcaster, activist and entrepreneur Professor Green to discuss a history of local musical heroes, from Malcolm McLaren to Labrinth, Rudimental to Paloma Faith, and all those in between.

Walks include: a tour of De Beauvoir Town, a once royal hunting ground for King Henry VIII, 18th century Hackney - a walk based along Mare Street taking in the remaining sites and buildings of that time, and recognising 75 years since the SS Windrush arrived from the Caribbean, Hackney's Black History walk that takes place around Dalton and covers black music history, activism, civil rights, gentrification, activism, race relations and religion from the 1950's up to the 2000's.

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18th and 19th May | Hackney Moves festival including the Hackney Half

A free weekend sports and wellbeing activities with festival vibes, live music, street food and activities for the whole family.

The festival village will host everything from fitness sessions to sound baths, wellness talks to bands, DJ’s and entertainment acts. The Hackney playbus will also be there to keep your little ones entertained. Saturday will also encompass the Hackney 5k and the schools challenge and Sunday will then see over 24,000 runners take part in the 13.1 half marathon course which starts and ends at Hackney Marshes.

25th May | Portals Festival

Returning for its sixth year, Portals Festival is London's biggest music festival specialising in alternative, experimental, math-rock, and post-rock. It takes place in EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) a fantastic multi arts space located in the former Savoy Cinema in Dalston.

Throughout May | Made in Hackney | Workshops and Events

Plant based community cookery school Made in Hackney have some great events on this month including a Latin American and a Lebanese cookery class, their Sunday night supperclub and a foraging in London walk with wild food enthusiast Ken Greenway.  Proceeds from their paying classes and workshops go towards providing plant-based meals for households across Hackney in need of food support as well as providing food education to the Hackney wide community to give people the skills to grow, cook and eat more plants.

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