Hackney Carnival

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Hackney Carnival will be replaced by a digital alternative called Hackney Carnival at Home on Love Hackney, the Hackney Carnival Facebook page and via our media partner Reel Rebels Radio online. 

After a summer-long parade of films from Hackney’s Carnival collectives featured weekly on the Hackney Carnival Facebook Page, Hackney Carnival at Home will reach its finale with an online weekender broadcasting live via Reel Rebels Radio on 12 September and on the Hackney Carnival Facebook page on the 13 September – the Sunday when the traditional event would have taken place.

Hackney Carnival at Home Weekender line up 

Saturday 12 September: Sound System Day

Reel Rebels Online Radio will dedicate its airwaves to the Hackney Carnival sound systems. The sound systems will provide sets from Soca Massive, Dubson Sounds, Solution Sound System, First Class Sounds, Jah Prophecies, Dj Green Papi, Faggamuffin Bloc Party and special guest set from Hackney resident and world soundman Aba Shanti-I. Listen via Reel Rebels Radio 12 noon – 8pm. 

Sunday 13 September

Virtual Carnival Day featuring films from past processions and live bands including, jazz from Ray Carless, African music from Kasai Masai, ska from Stamford Hillbilly Street Band, toasting from Clapper Priest and a legendary performance from Ghanain Ata Kak. Winners of the Hackney Carnival Dance Challenge will also be announced and audience interaction will be encouraged throughout the day by Pax Nindi. Visit the Hackney Carnival Facebook page 12 noon – 8pm

Both days of the event have been programmed and will be presented by Pax Nindi Chief Executive of Global Carnivalz. 

Visit the event page for more information and click attending to keep up to date on the information. 

Films from the carnival collectives as created throughout the summer are still available to watch on Love Hackney and on the Hackney Carnival Facebook page

Future Hackney Carnival events 

To register your interest in taking part in future Hackney Carnival events please fill out this form.

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Carnival 2019

Last year’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.

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.

For more information about last year’s carnival please see our Hackney Carnival Facebook page.

Hackney Carnival 2018

Page updated on: 10 September 2020

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