Hackney Carnival returns


Feathers, glitz and fabulous dance routines are set to return to the borough’s streets on Sunday 10 September with the return of the Hackney One Carnival.

As well as spectacular costumes and energetic dancing at the Council run event, there will be sound systems and live music from around the world as Hackney takes centre stage for an all-day Carnival extravaganza.

Hundreds of performers will take to the streets, with a procession weaving through the borough to cheers from Hackney’s local residents, all celebrating the borough’s thriving culture, creativity and community cohesion.

There will also be an all-day children’s play area in Gillett Square and another in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12-4pm, as well as a carnival finale party at Ridley Road and Gillett Square featuring global foods, arts and music.

Schools and community groups will be involved in creating vibrant carnival decorations which will transform parts of the route into a riot of colour.



Pax Nindi, Founder of Global Carnival Centre and Hackney One Carnival Creative Director
Hackney’s carnival is special because it comes directly from the Hackney community, it has a lovely communal feel, everyone gets involved from young to old. As well as an amazing variety of costumes and music to get everyone dancing, the carnival brings everyone together to celebrate what is great about Hackney and have fun!
Pax Nindi, Founder of Global Carnival Centre and Hackney One Carnival Creative Director

Volunteers are wanted to help steward the procession, assist with the registration of carnival groups and other jobs on the day. There are also some great opportunities to get involved in the lead up to the event, helping to make costumes and other tasks. To register your interest in becoming a volunteer please email: carnival.sygmasafety@gmail.com.

Any individual or group wanting to be part of the Hackney One Carnival 2017 as a performer should complete the Hackney One Carnival Participation form which can be downloaded here. The deadline for returning Participation forms is 30 June.

Keep a look out for further information about carnival and the route which starts and ends this year on Queensbridge Road, just north of the Regents Canal. More details can be found on the website.

Look at pictures from last year's carnival.