A celebration of Eastside’s work over the last 30 years, inspiring thousands of young people to fulfil their potential through participation in our creative programmes.

From 10th November 2023 to 4th March 2024, Eastside will celebrate its 30th birthday with a special free exhibition at Shoreditch Library.

Showcasing films, podcasts and images of our work over the last 30 years, this illustrative exhibition will inspire future generations to explore their creativity, and perhaps pursue careers in the arts. 

Join us for Eastside’s milestone birthday by visiting Shoreditch Library and seeing our 30th Anniversary Exhibition.

  • Discover more about the variety of projects and programmes we have curated over the past three decades.
  • Watch our short films and hear from some of the people we’ve connected with over the last 30 years, and the impact Eastside has had on their lives. 
  • Take part in our interactive activities and add your thoughts to our exhibition.
  • Immerse yourself in our ‘photo booth’ and share your images with us.

Please note: if you’re visiting Shoreditch Library don’t forget to bring your headphones to enjoy the films on your personal device.

Watch Eastside’s 30th Anniversary Films

Hear personal stories from some of the people Eastside has connected with over the last 30 years.

1994-2003: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

1994-2003: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

2004-2013: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

2004-2013: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

2014-2023 & beyond: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

2014-2023 & beyond: Eastside’s 30th Anniversary

Listen to Eastside’s 30th Anniversary Podcast

KS3 Lesson Plan: Poems for the future

Use this lesson plan in a 60-minute class with your KS3 students to develop literacy, oracy and vocabulary whilst building confidence in writing and performing spoken word poetry. 

This exhibition would not be possible without the support of our partners. With special thanks to Lee Simmons Design, Hackney Libraries, Hackney Archives, Adam Goodwin, Jannine Newman, Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham, Graham Pitts, Newham Sixth Form College and thanks to National Lottery players. 

We need your help!

Every donation we receive, large or small, helps to fund the important work we do, and allows us to expand our reach and help even more young people.

Frequently asked questions

When does the exhibition open and close?

The exhibition opens on 10th November 2023 and closes on 4th March 2024.

Where is the exhibition located?

The temporary exhibition is based at Shoreditch Library.

What are Shoreditch Library’s opening times?

Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Fridays 10am to 6pm, Saturdays 10am to 5pm. Please note these times may vary so if you need to check, please call 020 8356 4351 or email libraries@hackney.gov.uk

Where is Shoreditch Library located?

80 Hoxton St


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Do I have to pay to see the exhibition?

No, the exhibition is free to attend.

Do I need to book a ticket to attend the exhibition?

No, you don’t need to book a ticket in advance.


What is the age description for the exhibition?

The exhibition is open to all ages but it will be of most interest to people aged 11+.


Do I need to use my phone to watch films or to listen to podcasts?

If you are visiting the exhibition in person, you will need your mobile phone to scan the QR codes embedded within the exhibition, to watch the films and/or listen to the podcasts. Please bring your headphones to enjoy these on your personal device.

You can also watch the films and/or listen to the podcasts via the Eastside website. 

Is Shoreditch Library accessible?

Yes, its facilities include:

  • wheelchair access
  • lift
  • toilets with disabled access
  • car park
  • parking nearby for blue badge holders


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