Hackney Carnival 2021 parade will be a virtual affair

Hackney Carnival 2019

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

Normally, the carnival - London’s second-biggest which has attracted up to 80,000 visitors - would involve a street parade of sound systems and dance processions celebrating the many carnival cultures residing in Hackney.

However, as uncertainties around the pandemic continue, events will be hosted on online platforms drawing together the borough’s renowned grassroots carnival groups who will remain at the heart of the offering. There will be further opportunities for residents to get involved in the fun through virtual workshops, challenges and livestream events. 

In addition, the Council and emergency services will continue to focus resources over the coming months on responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Proposals are being shaped and details and timings will be announced in spring and 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. 

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said: “While we are sad to not be able to deliver this year’s Carnival in person, last year’s Carnival at Home online events demonstrated the creativity, commitment and resilience for how we can keep our carnival spirit alive. Thanks to the thousands of people tuning in from across the world, we were able to come together and celebrate each other's cultures on a global scale. It was a privilege to take part, supporting our diverse and creative carnival groups in Hackney. I look forward to seeing how we build on that success in 2021, investing in cultural organisations; ensuring that the spirit of Carnival lives on and that we are back, Covid permitting, in 2022.”
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville

Notes for editors and for more information

  • To register your interest in taking part in Hackney Carnival 2021 online activities please fill out this short form http://bit.ly/HCarnivalForm