Hackney Carnival

Hackney Carnival will be taking place on Sunday 9 September from 12 noon-8pm.

Procession route and times

The procession will travel along Queensbridge Road, Richmond Road, Mare Street, Amhurst Road and Dalston Lane, 1.30-5pm. Further details of the route, times and road closures are to follow.

As well as the procession, there will be:

  • a pop-up play area and hula-hoop workshops in Gillett Square from 12 noon-6pm
  • the Hackney Playbus and other entertainment in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12 noon-3pm
  • Carnival judging in the Town Hall Square from 3-5pm
  • sound systems and food stalls in Ridley Road from 12 noon-8pm
  • live music in Gillett Square from 12 noon-8pm

Carnival groups

Details of the procession participants and their themes are to follow. 


Ridley Road

Sound systems and stalls will be based in Ridley Road.

Gillett Square

A programme of live music will take place in Gillett Square from 12 noon-8pm.

Town Hall Square 

A programme of street arts will take place on Mare Street from 12 noon.

How to apply to take part in the carnival

Do you have a talent or performance that could be part of the carnival programme? Applications from creative individuals and groups are welcomed for participation in the carnival procession and the live music and street arts programmes. If you, your group or your school would like to be part of the carnival please complete the application form:

The deadline for applications is 29 June.

How to apply for a stall at the carnival


Details of sponsors are to follow.

Last year's carnival

The Hackney Carnival took place on Sunday 10 September 2017 with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world. More than 23 carnival and community groups joined residents in celebration of Hackney's thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough. The carnival also featured play areas in Gillett Square and the Town Hall square, a live stage at Gillett Square and a party at Ridley Road with sound systems, global food, arts and crafts. For further information about last year's carnival, see the Hackney Carnival Facebook page.

Hackney One Carnival 2016

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