This year's carnival will be on Sunday 10 September 2017.
On 29 March, we discussed the future of the Hackney One Carnival at a conference attended by representatives from carnival groups, arts, culture and youth organisations, schools, older people's networks, funders, partners and supporters, and organisations that work with people with disabilities and special needs.
We talked about the qualities that make the carnival special, the importance of its theme, how carnival groups can use digital technologies, investment, the issue of the carnival getting bigger and how more Hackney residents can get involved in the creative process.
Last year's carnival
The Hackney One carnival took place 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 joined residents in celebration of Hackney's thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough. The carnival featured Hackney's best young musicians, an all-day play area in Gillett Square and a party at Ridley Road with global food, arts and crafts.