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V&A coming to Hackney Wick for a late night ready to move into the Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 October 2019

Performer Rowdy SS in Late Night Museuim event planned at Hackney Wick. Picture: V&A East

Performer Rowdy SS in Late Night Museuim event planned at Hackney Wick. Picture: V&A East

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A free "flagship Friday" late-night museum event is popping up at Hackney Wick away from its usual Victoria & Albert venue in South Kensington for live music, film and performance.

Hog Dog Grrrlll at Hackney WickED. Picture: V&A EastHog Dog Grrrlll at Hackney WickED. Picture: V&A East

Five Hackney Wick venues are taking part, like the White Post staging a panel discussion on the changing cityscape and Studio 9294 with a creative studio for new artists and writers.

Other venues involved are Mick's Garage, Grow and Stour Space.

The October 25 event is the start of a programme ready for V&A East's opening in the Olympic Park in four years' time.

Its chief curator Catherine Ince said: "We are exploring ways in which creative communities respond to changing cityscapes, particularly the development of east London."

Performer Rowdy SS in Late Night Museuim event planned at Hackney Wick. Picture: V&A EastPerformer Rowdy SS in Late Night Museuim event planned at Hackney Wick. Picture: V&A East

The museum is joining London College of Fashion, UCL, the BBC, Sadler's Wells and the Smithsonian Institution in the Olympic Park's new arts and education hub. V&A East is opening two sites, a museum at Stratford Waterfront and a research centre at Here East.

The original late-night museum event started in 1999 in South Kensington, on the last Friday of each month from January to April, uses the V&A collections and buildings to bring audiences together with artists and performers through debate and late-night exhibitions.

Not to be confused with the 2006 Ben Stiller blockbuster Night at the Museum with the exhibits coming to life at midnight.

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