Chats Palace Arts Centre

Chats Palace Arts Centre

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Chats Palace Arts Centre

Chats Palace is a community arts centre and venue in Hackney, East London. We have a proud 35-year history of providing access to arts performance and participation to the people, families and communities of this extremely deprived area. We work with children and young people from socially and/or economically deprived backgrounds, users and survivors of the mental health system, refugee and travelling communities, and the general population of Hackney and the wider East End.

Our listed building (built as a Carnegie library in 1913) includes a professional theatre / music venue offering 150+ performances per year (theatre / dance / cabaret / live music / children's theatre), a foyer / bar with a small second stage hosting free-of-charge live music 2-3 nights a week, rehearsal / workshops rooms, photographic darkrooms, and a visual arts studio. We also run outreach programmes within difficult-to-reach community groups, and run a MAS Band to Notting Hill and other Carnivals.

Chats Palace aims to offer people a first taste of arts provision - hence our concentration on children's and young people's provision - and has a reputation for combining excellence with inclusivity in our performances, workshops and activities.