Bohemia Square: Market and Theatre

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Bohemia Square: Market and Theatre


There's a carpark just off the narrow way, we want to transform it into a public square for Hackney. A space for markets, outdoor performances, stalls and and a pop up theatre in a railway arch.

Hackney Fundraising stage

pledged of £99,847
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £99,847 by 12 Aug 2019

We are in the process of obtaining all permissions needed. In the unlikely event that these are not secured, no money will be taken from backers. We'll keep you updated! We ran Styx in Tottenham Hale for four years, turning it from a car park into a mixed arts space for the people of Tottenham and beyond. We welcomed The Royal Court, LIFT, Punchdrunk, SoHo Theatre and many many others to our courtyard to dance, sing, play music and share stories. Our space in N17 has fallen under the sword of Damocles and the developers are poised with their bulldozers, so we're returning home to Hackney where we ran a shop full of plays in Hoxton for two years. We want to bring the outdoor vibrancy and creativity of Styx to Hackney Central and fill it with food, drink, markets, sounds and flare and incubator space for buisnesses and a small theatre space with our partners Theatre N16, all the way through the winter until we can start again!

What we'll deliver:

  • Build five permanent market stalls
  • Build a public performance space for music and dance
  • Build lots of seating
  • Organise a bi-monthly market through summer
  • Kit out an arch with theatre seating and lighting for small performances
  • Way finding and signage
  • Build an outdoor terrace
  • Incubator space for three small buisnesses

Why it's a great idea:

Hackney is constantly creating, it makes beer, music, clothes, it entertains it's neighbours and sets the agenda for the world. Every powerhouse needs places to play and experiment, to sell ideas and chat over coffee, to hear music and watch plays. We want to build on the creative heritage of Hackney, and allow it a place to thrive. We want to support other businesses to set up shop and cultivate a creative ecosystem on on this pedestrianised street. This give small companies the chance to look outward to the public while building a supportive and generous environment for them to grow. We will also create a beautiful public space for Hackney, as so many spaces are becoming private we want to create public realm for people to enjoy conversations, watch performances and sample the goods that hackney has to offer. We will also (yup! there is more!) create an indoor performance space in partnership with Theatre N16. Here we will programme young and emerging companies!

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase freight containers
  • Convert freight containers
  • Lay decking
  • Install lighting and sound equipment
  • Install theatre seating
  • Install signage
  • Opening space to the community
  • Programming weekly markets
  • Programming theatre programme
  • Planning community events
  • Welcome four new creative buisnesses

We'd love for you to be part of this journey in whatever way you can. We were so proud of the diversity of our community at Styx and everyone has a place no matter what their background or what they want to contribute.

Location Hackney

About the space

Bohemia Square


London Borough of Hackney

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How will the money be spent?Total £99,847

3 years rental of the arch - £54,000 (54%)
Six 20ft x freight containers - £19,185 (19%)
Terrace materials - £4,000 (4%)
Stalls - £3,200 (3%)
Box Office - £3,000 (3%)
Lighting - £3,000 (3%)
Theatre sound equiptment - £3,000 (3%)
Installation - £3,000 (3%)
Roof terrace labour - £2,100 (2%)
Seating rig for theatre - £1,233 (1%)
Other - £4,129 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

3 years rental of the arch
Six 20ft x freight containers
Terrace materials
Box Office
Theatre sound equiptment
Roof terrace labour
Seating rig for theatre
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: If we overfund for the project the excess money will be used to programme events and support our businesses through training and purchase of capital equipment.

Total £99,847

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