Well Street Market set to relaunch this Saturday

The return of the historic Hackney market kicks off with a live music stage, a Father Christmas appearance and food and fashion stalls

WELL Street Market is set to relaunch on 3 December following a successful crowdfunding campaign by traders and residents to create an innovative community street market.

Backed by the Council, The Mayor of London and retail outlet Hackney Walk, the historic market will return selling fresh produce, fashion and street food.

A live music stage will also be a focus on launch day, with up-and-coming and established artists due to perform, including a headline set by DJ Norman Jay MBE. Father Christmas will also make an appearance.

Internationally acclaimed artist and resident Camille Walala, known for her bold and colourful graphic designs, is also transforming the most prominent corner facade on Well Street, at the junction with Valentine Road and Terrace Road.

She said: “Well Street most definitely is a special place for me. I used to live on this street whilst I was trying my best to promote myself as an artist. I love the sense of community here between shop owners and residents.”

The market will be open from 9am to 5pm, with special guests launching an official opening ceremony at 12noon. There will also be exciting events celebrating East End Independents Day.

Following its launch, Well Street Market will take place on the first Saturday of every month (so the next two markets will be on 7 January and 4 February next year.)

Jo Price, Chair of Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA), said: “My family have had a shop in Well Street for more than 50 years and I am really looking forward to seeing the market stalls return. It’s so important to have somewhere for people to meet other people from all parts of the community.”

Kay Richardson, WESTRA Project Manager, added: “Well Street Market will be a creative community hub that supports and nurtures locals. “It will have London’s first ever Student Makers’ Market – where local designers, artists and makers will benefit from free stalls and free training – together with London’s first Teenage Market, where young entrepreneurial residents can book free stalls.

“Visitors will also be able to check out the live music stage where local bands, singers and DJs can book performance slots alongside established acts who will be giving something back to the community by playing pop-up gigs.”