Help your Empire

Established 1901, Hackney Empire is a vibrant cultural hub at the heart of East London. With an eclectic programme and loads of community involvement, the Empire is always an exciting place to be.

Not many people realise – but we’re an independent registered charity. We’re not a department of Hackney Council or a commercial business – the charity was founded by local people in the mid-eighties anxious to preserve this beautiful listed building and ensure the communities of East London and beyond could access the very best in performing arts.  

We receive only 19% of our income in public sector grants. We are very grateful to the London Borough of Hackney and Arts Council England for their continued support but of course they are under increasing pressure. Just to sustain our programme and keep the doors open we need to bring in at least £2.5 million each year from box office, trading and fundraising. No easy task in the current climate.
Our relationship with our audiences is unique. Your passion and enthusiasm for our work is amazing. Anything you can offer is appreciated.

We need your help now more than ever. Why not start by supporting us today by picking one of the following options?