Countdown to Hackney One Carnival


Hackney One Carnival, East London’s ultimate street festival returns on Sunday 14 September. It is set to bring the borough's streets to life with spectacular costumes, energetic dance and uplifting music.

The council-run event, from 12pm to 8pm will bring together around 800 performers and volunteers from 25 carnival, community groups and schools across the borough in a celebration of the different cultures and creativity which thrive in Hackney.

Some of the groups adding colour to this year’s parade include Paraiso School of Samba, Soca Sagaboys, Pantonic Steel Ochestra, Unity, Tropical Isles and Urban Touch.

The procession will leave Ridley Road at 2pm and work its way south along Dalston Lane and Richmond Road towards the Town Hall, before heading up the Narrow Way, and back to its starting point via Dalston Lane. After the procession, the carnival will continue with a finale in Ridley Road, featuring Reggae, Soca and Brazilian music and food until 8pm.


Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The Carnival groups and schools have been working tirelessly on this year’s Hackney One Carnival. We want people to come and line streets and join the celebrations and enjoy the carnival atmosphere that will make Hackney a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

This year, for the first time, schools are getting involved; Shacklewell primary school and Our Lady’s Convent High School, Redcoat Church of England Secondary School and Sir John Cass Foundation Steelband Orchestra are taking part in the parade.

Hackney’s best young musicians will be performing in Hackney Town Hall Square, between 12.20pm and 3.30pm. A children’s play area will be created in Gillett Square.  

Judges for the carnival procession at the at Richmond Road and Hackney Town Hall Square, include Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sharon Patrick, and Ngoma Bishop, Chair of BEMA.  

Hackney Council also wants people attending to tweet and share their photos on Facebook using #HackneyOneCarnival   Volunteers are still needed to help steward on the day. Free training for volunteer stewards will be provided and no previous experience is necessary.

For more information please contact pax.nindi@hackney.gov.uk  or call 020 8356 7209.