Spring in Hackney

Finally, Hackney is clambering out of the depths of winter. Mark your calendars with the best of the borough’s spring events.

Breathe

Brand-new Breathe, a “celebration of air” is taking place in Stoke Newington’s Old Church, just on the edge of Clissold Park. The three-week event will centre on a wind harp installation – the creation of Output Arts – and will feature art, music, dance and storytelling, as well as free events and workshops.

February 26-March 20  

Midcentury Show East

Haggerston School hosts this biannual midcentury furniture fair. You’ll find everything from richly coloured ceramics to Scandi furniture classics.

March 13, 10am – 4pm

Purim

This important festival in the Jewish calendar marks the delivery of Persian Jews from massacre through the brave actions of Esther. The story of Esther is read in synagogues, with a lot of partying on the side. Orthodox men are allowed to drink, and families flood the streets to visit each other, deliver gifts and parade. Kids’ costumes are colourful and inventive – as well as characters from the Book of Esther, you’ll see troops of small policemen, shepherdesses, snowmen and clowns.

March 23–24

Hackney Half Marathon

Take a speedy tour of the borough and raise money for charity at the same time. The route takes in Hackney Marsh, Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, London Fields and Hackney Wick, ending in Olympic-style glory as you run into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

May 8

Land of Kings

Dalston’s cultural fiesta, with basement parties, live music, spoken word, label showcases and more. Venues range from a Turkish restaurant to a bomb shelter.

May – dates tbc