What’s on in Hackney

Listen to BBC newsreader and Hackney resident George Alagiah debate the merits of social media tomor

Listen to BBC newsreader and Hackney resident George Alagiah debate the merits of social media tomorrow in De Beauvoir. Photo credit Murray Sanders, PA Archive - Credit: Archant

A short, sharp guide to what’s on in Hackney this weekend:


Debate whether social media is a blessing or a curse with panellists such as BBC newsreader George Alagiah, lecturer in digital culture and society Paolo Gerbaudo, associate editor of Wired.co.uk Olivia Solon and journalist and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. From 7.30pm, at St Peter’s Church, De Beauvoir Road, De Beauvoir, N1. Free, email amandad@blueyonder.co.uk.

Listen to London-based group Fofoulah which mixes Senegalese voices and west African rhythms with dub basslines, sci-fi synths, raw guitars and intense grooves. From 8.30pm at The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, N16. Costs £10, call 020 7254 4097.

Enjoy a musical winter warmer from DJ Collective Slapshot Soul spinning a dance mix of northern soul, funk and rare grooves. From 9pm, at The Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16. Free, email info@mascarabar.co.uk.


Listen to a classical concert performed by Hackney Youth Orchestras featuring works by Mozart, Rieding and Beethoven. From 11am, at Stoke Newington Media and Arts College, Clissold Road, N16. Free, email hyot@hotmail.co.uk. Get into the festive season with a Christmas bazaar at St John of Jerusalem Church. From 2pm, at Lauriston Road (corner with Moulins Road), Victoria Park, E9. Free, call 020 8985 5145.

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Visit a winter fair featuring a craft market, mulled wine, cakes and mince pies, little donkey rides and Santa’s grotto. From noon to 5pm, at Lauriston Infant and Junior School, Rutland Road, E9. Entry fee is £1 for adults and free for children, email admin@lauriston.hackney.sch.uk.

Live it up with an evening of fine dining, wines and thought-provoking entertainment from some of the nation’s finest and funniest minds. From 6.30pm, at Central Foundation Boys’ School, Cowper Street, EC2A. Costs £50, 020 7253 3741.


Buy second-hand parts, bike-related items and second-hand cycles at a bike jumble sale. From 11am, at The View Tube, The Greenway, E8. Free, call 07530 274 160.

Visit some of London’s best ghostsigns (fading advertisements painted on walls) on a walking tour with Sam Roberts, leader and curator of the Ghostsigns project. From 1.20pm, at Stoke Newington Railway Station, Station Approach, N16. Costs £16, email sam@ghostsigns.co.uk.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music featuring Gram National Submarine Band, Yngve & The Innocent and DJs. Full bar selling real ale, mulled wine, hot spicy cider and more. From 4pm, at Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk, E9. Free, but donation welcomed, email maddyclarke@mac.com.

Travel back to Christmas in the 1940s. Enjoy craft workshops, music, stories, make paper decorations at 4pm and enjoy a singsong as the tree is lit up. From 11am, at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2. Free, call 020 8983 5200.