Sitting right down the road from the Olympic Village, currently under construction as one of the main future sites of the 2014 London Olympics, Hackney holds one of London’s most thriving arts community. Roughly one in seven Hackney Wick residents are artists, living among 624 art studios and galleries scattered throughout the area. The Hackney Wicked Festival celebrates the community by combining music and art, displaying an assortment of exhibitions and setting up various music stages throughout the area of Hackney.
The exhibition rooms were filled with unorthodox sculptures and paintings, allowing for a good deal of audience interpretation. An eclectic collaboration of bizarre, comical, alluring, and unsettling photos and drawings pervaded the festival.
Planted in the middle of Hackney’s Queens Yard was a hodgepodge of homemade food, crafts, photos, drawings, and other artsy knickknacks, being sold alongside a laid back crowd chilling out to some DJ spun M.I.A., Bob Marley, and other various remixed jams.
I had the chance to catch two rooftop performances on Sunday afternoon, held above two art galleries overlooking the future Olympics site.
Random DJ’s were strung all across Hackney Wick, typically set up outside one of the areas’ numerous street art/graffiti spectacles.
A rather peculiar, but befitting end to the three-day arts festival, Hackney Wicked was concluded with an evening burning of an 8-foot tall, wooden chicken, created by artist Adam Beale.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXWYrlMY_k]