Hackney festival celebrates people living with dementia

Hackney tea party.

Hackney council is hosting online events such as tea parties to celebrate the many contributions made by people living with dementia. - Credit: Hackney council

Hackney's annual Dementia Festival has now begun after it was put on hold last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The week-long celebration honours contributions made by people living with dementia.

The event will host free online activities for Dementia Action Week from May 17-23 and will return in September for in-person events. 

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, mayoral advisor for older people and dementia champion, said: “After having to cancel last year’s Dementia Festival due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to see it back again at a time when we need it most."

This week, events include an online Caribbean tea party hosted by the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation and a virtual Jerusalema Dance workshop from Outward and Memories Workshop led by Hackney Libraries. 

St Joseph's Hospice will also offer daily online workshops throughout the week with a Secret Garden Tea Party set to take place on May 22 in Haggerston. 

Find out more at lovehackney.uk/dementia-festival