Hackney Carnival returns to its roots with a celebration for all the family to enjoy

Hackney Carnival 2019

After a five year absence Hackney Carnival goes back to its roots on Sunday 22 September with a family-focused parade celebrating the borough’s diverse communities and creative talents.

Returning artistic director Pax Nindi will lead the famous street parade featuring Hackney's loyal legacy carnival groups that residents know and love. The daytime event will showcase eye-catching floats and vibrant colourful costumes that celebrate the diversity of carnival culture. Work is now underway to create a thrilling line-up for the day as well as creating opportunities for young people and their families to get involved in the summer workshops across the borough. 

There are many ways for local residents to take part, including performing on stage, making costumes, occupying a stall, attending a summer workshop, or volunteering on the day. 

If you would like to participate in this year’s carnival, please register your interest by completing this form before Sunday 7 April.

I’m so happy that we've been able to bring Hackney’s family-friendly Carnival back to the borough’s streets this September. The return of Carnival is a chance for residents to come together to celebrate and showcase the creativity and talent that makes our diverse borough so special. For anybody who has yet to experience Hackney Carnival, now is your chance!

Caroline Woodley, Mayor of Hackney

Carnival is for everyone and like all Hackney residents we can’t wait to enjoy the family-focused communal celebration once again. Hackney Carnival has always been about community. It will be great to see people from all cultures and all walks of life celebrate together the true meaning of carnival in its original spirit.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Hackney Carnival holds a special place in my heart, and I'm delighted to be at the helm once more. The overwhelming community support is a testament to the Carnival's significance in our lives. 2019 was a triumph, and 2024 promises to be an explosion of colour, culture, and togetherness. Hackney Carnival is for everyone, transcending boundaries of colour, race, and creed, and I'm honoured to be leading the way working with our amazing Carnival groups.

Pax Nindi, Founder of Global Carnival Centre and Hackney Carnival Artistic Director

While parade space is limited, community groups and music acts can apply to be part of the programme, and registered Hackney market stall holders will have the opportunity to trade. For full details on the registration process and how to apply, please visit the online application form. 

The council is delighted to once again be working closely with the emergency services and key partners whose support is essential in hosting a safe, family-friendly event.


Check Love Hackney for upcoming details of this year’s programme. You can also stay up to date with announcements on the Hackney Carnival Facebook page.

Pax Nindi, Carnival Arts Visionary and Global Ambassador

Pax Nindi is a trailblazing figure in the world of carnival arts, renowned for his visionary leadership and extensive contributions to the global carnival community. With over two decades of experience, Pax has left an indelible mark on the industry, spearheading initiatives that promote cultural exchange, community engagement, and artistic innovation.