Hackney Carnival

Hackney Carnival at Home returns for 2021

As we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and deliver events in the safest way possible, Hackney Carnival will once again take place online in 2021. It will build on the success of last year’s Hackney Carnival at Home, which attracted over 60,000 interactions worldwide.

Hackney Carnival at Home will return with a summer long community engagement programme in the run up to an online gala event filmed at the Hackney Empire in September, followed by a virtual carnival weekend of live-streamed fun.

Hackney Carnival remains one of the largest annual events of the borough’s cultural calendar and even in the pandemic, and against lockdown restrictions, has managed to bring people together to celebrate Hackney’s proud diversity and the extraordinary creativity of its residents.

You can also follow Hackney Carnival on Instagram and Facebook.

Hackney Carnival at Home producers

Four carnival producers are collaborating on the production of Hackney Carnival with Hackney’s many diverse carnival groups. The co-producers previously collaborated on the Hackney Carnival at Home project in 2020. They are:

Pax Nindi, international carnival consultant

CEO of ‘Global Carnivalz’ who wrote the Arts Council’s National Carnival Strategy. He has over 40 years of experience in delivering carnival projects in the UK and abroad. He is the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission and was the Creative Director for the Hackney Carnival from 2014-2019 and directed Hackney Virtual Carnival 2020.

Deborah Mullins, arts consultant and creative producer

Deborah is the founder, and from 1980 to 2019, the Artistic Director of Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) and has 20 years of working at a senior management level in carnival.

Manuela Benini, carnival artist and producer

Manuela has delivered large-scale projects involving mass participation and carnivals all over the world. She has worked with Mandinga Arts, Shademakers, Walk the Plank, Festive Road, Rio and Olinda Carnivals (Brazil) and Transform Carnival (India, Brazil and Greece), to name just a few organisations.

Marva Antoine, carnival artist

Marva is the Managing Artistic Director for the award-winning, Hackney-based carnival group Tropical Isles. Marva has established Tropical Isles as a creative hub of excellence for carnivals in Hackney, which now plays a key role in the regeneration of the area around its carnival studio in De Beauvoir.

Participating schools

  • Millfields Primary School
  • Morningside Primary School and Children’s Centre
  • Betty Layward Primary School
  • Randal Cremer Primary School
  • Colvestone Primary School
  • St Paul’s with St Michael’s Primary School
  • Springfield Primary School

Participating elders groups

  • Uprising
  • Hackney Caribbean Elders
  • Hackney Carnival is funded and organised by Hackney Council.

Carnival 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020’s Hackney Carnival street parade was adapted to a series of online events throughout the summer called Hackney Carnival at Home.

In the run-up to the livestream Carnival weekender, Hackney’s community carnival groups delivered specially-created films demonstrating their talents and bringing the carnival spirit to people’s homes.

On 12 September, Reel Rebels Online Radio dedicated its airwaves especially to Hackney Carnival sound systems. On 13 September, the day the usual Carnival would have taken place, the virtual carnival day livestream event featured films from past processions, live bands from all over the world and an interactive dance challenge.

Both days of the event were programmed and presented by Pax Nindi Chief Executive of Global Carnivalz.

Carnival 2019

2019’s carnival took place on Sunday 8 September from 11am to 7pm with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world.

More than 25 carnival and community groups joined residents in a celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and outstanding creativity, as the procession weaved its way through the borough attracting up to 80,000 people.

The carnival also featured play areas in Gillett Square and the Town Hall, a live stage in Gillett Square and a party at Ridley Road with sound systems, global food and arts and crafts.

Page updated on: 19 October 2021

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