Ever wondered how to brew your own beer, climb to the top of a mountain or learn how to play the drums? What if we told you, you could experience all of this and more without leaving Zone 2?
Hackney Wick has been London’s most vibrant artistic and cultural hotspot for years. Best known for it’s “if you’re in the know” warehouse raves, award-winning “Young British Artist” Gavin Turk and streets adorned with art from the likes of Sweet Toof, Mighty Mo and Broken Fingaz. For a long time it’s been London’s best kept secret until now.
Kicking off on Wednesday 20th December Hackney Wick will be opening its doors and inviting people from all over London to experience a life less ordinary. “Wick Wednesday” is an entire day and night of special offers, exhibitions, events, performances and classes designed to open people’s eyes to the endless wonders in the world’s most concentrated creative community.
So what are some of the things you should expect?
Find your Om at Hatha Yoga in The Old Baths (yes they used to be an actual public bath)
Watch a private screening of 'And Miles To Go Before I Sleep' a documentary about one photographer and a camera, on a motorcycle, travelling across the Americas
Browse through thousands of classics and pick up a free vinyl frame at Vinyl Pimp
Experience German Christmas market vibes with bratwurst and mulled wine at The German Deli Warehouse Shop
Join the Rio Quartet in an intimate jazz jam with a DJ spinning vinyl in between live sets at Grow
Drum it out at the Devil’s Tattoo Drum workshop
Climb to the top, to the sound of the tunes at The Boulder Project
Taste the homemade, limited edition craft beer at Howling Hops
Revisit your childhood in gaming heaven, a room full of every game and console since the Nintendo 64 at EXP
There will be a variety of free and paid for events going on throughout the day. Visitors should go to the Creative Wick website to see the full list of event details.
Wick Wednesday will be marked by a press launch at Howling Hops, who will be handing out free limited edition bottles of their homemade, craft beer. It’s first come, first served and doors open at 6pm. Arrive by 7pm to hear William Chamberlain, Founder of Wick Wednesday, explain how this new initiative is set to drive local business, helping to build and protect the character and charm threatened by development and regeneration.
William Chamberlain, Founder of Wick Wednesday comments, “There is an authenticity around the culture and creativity that exists in Hackney Wick. It is so unique, like the forgotten decades of Shoreditch, before it became fashionable to the masses and the artists got priced out. We don’t want that to happen in The Wick. It is so important for London to retain it’s artistic talent and in essence, this is London’s last remaining, genuine artistic quarter. We want to keep it that way. By inviting people from across the city to experience this hidden gem we’re also inviting them to help support, retain, grow and protect the creative wealth of the area.”
Wick Wednesday will be hosted on the third Wednesday of every month.
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About Wick Wednesday
Wick Wednesdays is brought to you by creative regeneration agency and social enterprise, Creative Wick.
Founded in 2013, Creative Wick seeks to facilitate a permanent, sustainable, creative economy for local residents, businesses and institutions with an interest in the long-term viability and continued authenticity of the arts and culture in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. We aim to retain, grow and protect the creative sector by building positive, mutually beneficial relationships with existing and future businesses in the area, alongside the ongoing development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Wick Wednesday relies on sponsors to support its programme and have secured funding for the next six months from Telford Homes PLC.