Hackney One Carnival hits the streets to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad launch

Hackney One Carnival for the Cultural Olympiad
Sunday 28 September
11am – 6.30pm
Start and finish, Hackney Town Hall Square, Mare Street, E8 1EA

Hackney One Carnival on Sunday 28 September will see Hackney’s streets come alive with colourful costumes, music and dance celebrating the launch of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

For the first time, Hackney One Carnival brings together an exciting array of over fifteen carnival groups to celebrate Hackney’s role as a host borough for the 2012 Games.

One Carnival begins in the Town Hall Square at 11am and sets off through the streets at 11.30am. It will take celebrations along Mare Street, Amhurst Road, Dalston Lane, Queensbridge Road and Richmond Road, before returning to the Town Hall Square at 3pm for a Carnival showcase on stage.

There will also be music and entertainment, including mask making and face painting, in the Town Hall Square from 11am.

Taking part in One Carnival will be major bands including Beeraahaar Sweet combination, Tropical Isles, GAHU dramatic arts, Unity No Nonsense, Jamboulay, Hibiscus, Soca Sagaboys, People of Paradise, Perpetual Odyssey Carnival club, Jun Mo Generations, Masquerade 2000, Kinetika, Paraiso School of Samba and Urban Touch Carnival, many of whom have won national and international accolades for carnival performance.

Hackney One Carnival has been organised by Hackney Council with local carnival groups. It is part of CREATE08 - a celebration of art, culture, festivals and performance in the five 2012 host boroughs of Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

It will be part of ‘Open Weekend’ with events across the UK marking the launch of the Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Cultural Olympiad will highlight the UK’s diversity by using both culture and sport to create works and events that will bring people and places together, encourage audiences to take part, involve and inspire young people, welcome the world to the 2012 Games and create a lasting legacy. Open Weekend marks the start of this four year journey.

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, said: “Culture and the arts will take their place in the London 2012 Games like never before and it all begins now. The Cultural Olympiad will showcase the rich diversity of cultures and the talent and creativity of the arts in Hackney, alongside sporting excellence. This will give residents and local groups a great opportunity to take part and experience the arts as an integral part of 2012.”

Bill Morris, Director of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: “After we have watched the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB in Beijing, the Cultural Olympiad and Open Weekend is an opportunity for everyone in Hackney and right across the UK to begin to see how they can be part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“London 2012 is more than just four weeks of wonderful sport, and the four year Cultural Olympiad is one of the ways of showing this. Our promise was and still is to make our Games accessible to everyone and which inextricably links sport, culture and education. With over 500 events around the UK taking place over 26-28 September, Open Weekend is a fitting celebration to mark the start of our journey to 2012.”