The Hackney One carnival returns on Sunday 11 September with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world.
More than 20 carnival and community groups will join residents in celebration of Hackney's thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough, the carnival will feature Hackney's best young musicians, an all-day play area in Gillett Square and a carnival party at Ridley Road with global food, arts and crafts.
Ridley Road - Dalston Lane - Queensbridge Road - Richmond Road - Mare Street - Amhurst Road - Cecilia Road - St Marks Rise.
If you'd like to be a part of the carnival 2016 as a performer please complete the participation form and email it to email@example.com. The deadline for applications to participate is Monday 13 June.
If you don't have a costume or float, we can provide you with a list of the groups who can help with costume-making or lend you costumes. We can also negotiate for you to join a float.
All new creative contributions to the carnival will need to be self-funded. The Council cannot offer financial support. Very strong contributions will be identified by a panel of carnival judges and awarded prizes at the carnival awards ceremony in September.
Volunteers are also 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 with carnival groups, helping to make costumes and other tasks. Free training for volunteer stewards will be provided and no previous experience is necessary. To register your interest in becoming a volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridley Road decor competition
If your business or home is on Ridley Road, help us to decorate the street and you will be entered for the carnival decor challenge. Dress up the front of your house, or your shop front or window, with banners, flags, flowers, masks and any other decorations to create a celebratory finale location. The best-dressed property or shop will be judged the day before carnival and the winners will be announced at the carnival awards ceremony.
Please note that the lamp posts in Ridley Road cannot be used to support any decorations.
We are exploring the possibility of expanding the live stage at the carnival - if you are part of a band, or a singer, a spoken word artist or a beat-boxer and you are willing to perform on a voluntary basis, please contact us. Please be aware we're unable to pay appearance fees.
If you have any ideas about other ways in which you can get involved in the carnival, at any location on the route, please contact us. We're keen to promote all self-funding creative ideas in the publicity for the event.
Trading at the Hackney One Carnival
If you would like to trade at the Carnival, please see our market traders page for more information and an application form.