What’s on in Hackney this weekend

Learn to bake and decorate cakes on saturday

Learn to bake and decorate cakes on saturday - Credit: Archant

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


Volunteer to take part in a new project collecting the stories of retired Caribbean nurses from 1949 to the present day and have the opportunity to interview nurses and plan and deliver an exhibition at Hackney Museum. Training is offered in oral history, presentation skills, facilitation skills, and more. From 10am, at DLR James library, Dalston Place, Roseberry Place, E8. Free, email info@retired caribbeannurses.org.uk.

Enjoy some taster sessions in zumba, pilates, boccia, boxing, mini-tennis and badminton and get a free health check. From 10.30am, at SPACe, Hackney Community College, Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, N1. Free, email enquiries@core organisation.co.uk.

Listen to the second half of unique composition January – songs where composer Darren Hayman wrote a different song for every day of the month. From 8pm, at The Vortex Jazz club, 11 Gillett Square, N16. Costs £12, call 020 7254 4097.


Join a cupcake baking and decorating workshop for children aged nine and over which includes: piping, butter cream, sugar paste, cut outs and baking. From 10am, at Unit 24-25 The Forum, Independent Place, Shacklewell Lane, E8 2HE. Costs £20, call 020 7249 4542.

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Watch premiere screening of Learning to Listen, a documentary film crossing the dividing lines of experimental music and sound art which depicts a series of accounts from established artists discussing their work in relation to shifting movements in creative thought and process. From 4pm, at Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, E8. Free, email deafpictures@gmail.com.

Laugh your side off at comedian Kojo who returns for the ninth time to the Empire with his very own talk show The Kojo Show. The Fresh Prince Of Hackney will have big celebrity guest interviews, comedy, live music and audience interaction. From 8pm, at Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8. Costs £17.50, call 020 8985 2424.


Watch lively Urban Youth Talent Showcase Boroughs United bringing together 30 top-form singing, dance and rap acts from across London’s 33 boroughs, who step in to the footsteps of Leona Lewis, Diversity and Twist & Pulse in their attempt to lift the trophy. From 8pm, at Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8. Costs £5, call 020 8985 2424.

Watch a double bill focusing on ghostly memories which includes classic Cinema Paradiso about small-town Sicilian life and A Magnificent Haunting about life in 1940s Rome. From 11.30am at the Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8. Costs from £8 per film, call 020 7241 9410.