Hackney One carnival


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.

Route and times

Ridley Road - Dalston Lane - Queensbridge Road - Richmond Road - Mare Street - Amhurst Road - Dalston Lane - Ridley Road.


  • 2pm - Leaves Ridley Road
  • 3.15pm - Hackney Town Hall
  • 5pm - Ends in Ridley Road


  • Ridley Road
  • Food stalls 2.30pm - 8pm
  • Procession finale 5pm - 8pm
  • Hackney Town Hall
  • Hackney Playbus
  • 12 noon - 4pm
  • Live street theatre
  • 1.45pm - 3.15pm

Gillett Square

  • Kids play area & live stage
  • 12 noon - 6pm

Parking suspensions and road closures

  • all bays in Gillet Street Car Park (this will be used as an event space for a stage)
  • all bays in Colvestone Crescent from junction of St. Marks Rise to Ridley Road
  • all bays in St. Marks Rise from junction of Ridley Road to Sandringham Road
  • all bays in Reading Lane from junction of Mare Street to Hillman Street
  • all bays in Amhurst Road Car Park

Event vehicles involved in carnival duties will use the parking on Reading Lane, Colvestone Crescent, St Marks Rise and part of Gillett Square.

There will also be restrictions on temporary waiting, loading and unloading on Dalston Lane from the junction of Amhurst Road to Ridley Road.

Noise hotline

To make a noise complaint during the procession (2-5pm), please call 020 8356 2919 or 020 8356 2309. To make a noise complaint during the finale event (5-8pm), please call 020 8356 2919. To make a noise complaint at any other time, please call us on 020 8356 4455.

Taking part

If you'd like to be a part of the carnival 2016 as a performer please complete the participation form and email it to pax.nindi@hackney.gov.uk. 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 info@sygmasafety.co.uk.

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.

Live acts

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.

Other ideas

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.