Hackney Carnival Roadshow arrives in Hackney Wick for free family friendly fun

Hackney Carnival Roadshow celebrations come to Hackney Wick on Sunday 17 September with an exciting lineup of performances and entertainment from Hackney’s carnival groups for residents of all ages to enjoy.

This year’s roadshow, which takes place before 2024’s full carnival celebration, brings together some of Hackney's favourite performers for a family friendly event to showcase Hackney’s rich carnival traditions and demonstrate the talent of carnival groups from across the borough.

Hackney Carnival Groups: Blema, Dimensions, Gahu, Jamboulay, Jun Mo, Mi Viejo San Simon, Pantonic Steel Orchestra, Paracarnival, People’s of Paradise, Soca z, Massive, Soca Saga Boys, Taru, Tropical Isles, Unity, Urban Touch and Yaram Arts, along with Hackney based Solution Sound System, Fagamuffin Bloc Party and Reggae Roast, will perform alongside special guests Triniboi Joocie, Just Vibez, Alberto D, Dj Green Papi and many more in Hackney Wick venues: Hackney Bridge, Grow, Yard Theatre, Colour Factory and Crate Brewery.

The day, which runs from 12-7pm, will feature a showing of carnival films, a costume exhibition, free dance, music and costume making workshops and a food market. For families with young children, a dedicated area at Gainsborough school will have free carnival arts workshops, face paint, bouncy castle, music and a soft play area. Pop-up parades will also make their way around Hackney Wick throughout the day.

Carnival brings people together to celebrate Hackney’s diversity and heritage and to show off the borough’s amazing creative talents. This year’s Hackney family friendly Carnival Roadshow and the Hackney Wick showcase are helping to connect Hackney’s communities with carnival arts and keep Hackney’s carnival traditions alive before our next full carnival parade in 2024. And it’s all completely free! I hope as many residents as possible can join us for a day of fun for all the family.

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

We are delighted to participate in the Hackney Carnival Roadshow. The Roadshow provides an opportunity to showcase Hackney Carnival costume bands who work tirelessly behind the scene engaging the community in carnival and the artform. It also provides a platform to showcase the children and young people from summer carnival camp who have gained new skills in carnival discipline and craft.

Unity carnival group

We are very pleased and excited by the engagement of Hackney locals into carnival arts, and also the Mas band who have worked tirelessly to engage young people through steel pan, drumming, costume and dance workshops, making unique costumes and preparing our budding artists to give a brilliant show on the 17th September.

Dimensions carnival group


The Hackney Wick event is the part of this year’s Hackney Carnival Roadshow, a summer-long programme of free-to-access workshops, presentations and pop-ups, organised by carnival and community groups, schools and youth.

Information on venues and headline acts is available here. Further details are available on the Love Hackney website