Hackney Carnival

Sadly, Hackney Carnival will once again take place online in 2021, but will build on the success of last year’s Hackney Carnival at Home, which attracted over 60,000 interactions worldwide.

As uncertainties around the pandemic continue, and emergency services continue to focus resources on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, Hackney’s Carnival events will be hosted on online platforms throughout the summer.

Hackney’s renowned grassroots carnival groups will remain at the heart of the offering. There will be further opportunities for residents to get involved through virtual workshops, challenges and livestream events.

Proposals are being shaped and details and timings will be announced in spring. If Covid restrictions ease in time, there is a possibility of some smaller, pop-up carnival activity taking place in Hackney’s parks or outdoor spaces.

More details will follow as the Covid situation becomes clearer.

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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: 11 February 2021

Cultural Development Team


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