Streets come to life for Hackney One Carnival


Hackney One Carnival once again brought the boroughs streets to life with banging beats, energetic dance and spectacular costumes.

Over 7000 people lined the streets on Sunday 18 September as the procession of performers from 25 different carnival groups danced its way from Ridley Road along Dalston Lane and Richmond Road towards the Town Hall, before heading up the Narrow Way back to Ridley Road. After the procession the festivities continued with a finale in Ridley Road with Reggae, Soca and Brazilian music and food until 8pm.

Hackney’s best young musicians performed to the crowd in Hackney Town Hall Square. Judges including Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sharon Patrick, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Sophie Linden and Ngoma Bishop, Chair of BEMA had the difficult task of picking the winners of Hackney One Carnival 2014 awards.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
I’d like to thank everyone involved in this year’s Hackney One Carnival for making it such a great success. The streets were brought to life and Hackney once again showed what a wonderful welcoming place it is.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Carnival group performer, Jacqueline Green said: “I love to see everyone enjoying themselves while I dance and entertain the crowd and it is nice to see that something is given back to the community.”

Winners of the Hackney One Carnival 2014 awards:

Best school

Redcoat secondary school SJC steel orchestra

Best movement (choreography / dance)

Winners - Caporales San Simon Londres

Runners up - London School of Samba

Best theme interpretation

Winners - Tropical Isles

Runners up - Paraiso School of Samba

Best music on the road

Winners - Pantonic

Runners up - Soca Saga Boys

Best on the road

Winners - Beeraahaar Sweet Combination/Pioneer Band

Highly Commended - Sunshine International Arts

Carnival band of the year

1st prize - Tropical Isles

2nd Prize - Heritage Social Arts & Dance Group

Highly commended newcomers

Arcola Theatre

Carnival decor competition winners

Tallest sun flower - Colvestone School (many tall sunflowers)

Best front garden - joint winners:  71 Richmond Road and 121 Dalston Lane

Best food growing garden - 201 Dalston Lane (chosen for the amazing crop of tomatoes and cucumbers)

Best flags, banners & decorations - Spandeli Delicatessen, 246 Dalston Lane (chosen for the carnival masks in the shop window)

View the Hackney One Carnival 2014 on Flicker.