School children put finishing touches to costumes for Hackney One Carnival

Hackney One Carnival
Sunday 8 August
Carnival procession begins in Queensbridge Road at midday
Festival in Hackney Downs Park from 2 to 6pm

Creative youngsters in Hackney have been putting the finishing touches to their colourful costumes in readiness for their appearance at Hackney One Carnival on Sunday (8 August).

Children from Sebright Primary School attended a summer workshop to complete the costumes which are based on the school s ethos of bringing communities from across the world together as equals.

Now in its third year, Hackney One Carnival brings together hundreds of performers from carnival and community groups across the borough as part of the Cultural Olympiad, giving residents the opportunity to celebrate arts and culture alongside sports in the run up to the 2012 Games.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Hackney One Carnival is growing every year, involving residents from communities across our borough. It’s now less than two years to go until the 2012 Games and a real sense of excitement is building. It’s great that our young people are getting involved in such an exciting event and celebrating all the different communities who live together in our borough."

Hackney One Carnival takes place on Sunday 8 August. It kicks off at midday in Queensbridge Road, then on to Richmond Road, Mare Street, Amhurst Road, Pembury Road, Queensdown Road, then finishing at Hackney Downs Park where carnival and community groups will perform on stage. There will also be a host of other activities in the park including music, entertainment, food stalls, sports competitions and activities for children, all running from 2 to 6pm.

Hackney One Carnival is organised by Hackney Council’s 2012 Unit with local carnival groups. Building on Hackney’s long history as a host of carnival organisations, Hackney One Carnival encourages communities not traditionally involved in carnival to share the experience and showcase their heritage alongside traditional carnival groups.