This weekend the CRE8 Centre at Hackney Wick’s Old Baths is putting on a festival of events for local people.
On Saturday, the Centre will be taken over by the FolkUs Festival, now in its fourth year. Alongside talented London musicians there will be street art and sport, with appearances from notable London artist Stik as well as London-based Olympians and Paralympians. On Sunday 30 September a mini-festival by UpRise, the pro-equality/anti-discrimination movement is taking place, which will also mark the first appearance of a weekly art market at the centre. Expect live music, dance, workshops, discussions, games and more…
After lying empty for three years following the departure of the Hackney Wick Community Training Centre owners, this weekend is the next step in the new chapter that is opening up for the Hackney Wick Old Baths. A physical transformation has taken place, with the centre now boasting a smart cafe and new uses for the old slipper baths – Cult Mountain have taken over the gents and transformed it into a gallery and store, and the ladies slipper baths will soon become a media suite.
Celebrated Berlin artist Txus Parras, co-founder of the city’s famous Kunsthaus Tacheles arts academy, has also decamped to Hackney Wick in order to inspire local youth with graphic design, street art and screen-printing programmes. The team are also in the process of developing new studio and office spaces within the building for the local arts community.
The new team at the CRE8 Centre want to build:
“a creative and business hub encompassing arts organisations and a media and sports centre. The mission is to engage with individuals and groups from both the local community and across the world. The vision of the four Directors, John Herbert, Leon Herbert, Richard Gyesie and Frank Atto is to work proactively with the community to develop opportunities that will improve life skills, confidence, discipline and motivation, as well as provide entrepreneurial opportunities for the creative industries.”
Do head along this weekend to see what all the fuss is about – a day watching Stik creating one of his pieces is not to be missed!