Hackney Carnival

Hackney Carnival took place on Sunday 10 September from 12 noon - 8pm.

Route and times

The procession danced its way along Queensbridge Road, Richmond Road, Mare Street, Amhurst Road and Dalston Lane, 1.30-5pm. 

As well as the procession, there was:

  • a pop-up play area and hula-hoop workshops in Gillett Square from 12 noon-6pm
  • the Hackney Playbus and other entertainment in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12 noon-3pm
  • Carnival judging in the Town Hall Square from 3-5pm
  • sound systems and food stalls in Ridley Road from 12-8pm
  • live music in Gillett Square from 12-8pm

For more information, see the Hackney Carnival Facebook page.


Approx. 3pm - 5.30pm

The carnival procession arrived at the Town Hall around 3pm. The arrival was followed by a minute's silence at 3.30pm in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and other disasters that have touched families in Hackney, such as the current floods in the Caribbean. 

The procession included:

  • Urban Fox Orchestra (UFO)
  • Carnival Elders
  • Taru Arts
  • Blema Dancers
  • Caporales San Simon
  • Beeraahaar Sweet Combination
  • Urban Touch
  • Unity No Nonsense
  • Pantonic Steel Orchestra 
  • Gahu Dramatic Arts 
  • Yaram Arts
  • Paracarnival
  • Festive Road 
  • Soca Sagaboys London 
  • Jamboulay Carnival Arts
  • Dimensions Dance 
  • Tropical Isles 
  • Soca Massive Fancy Sailors UK 
  • Mi Viejo San Simon 
  • Heritage Social Arts and Dance Group
  • Elimu Mas Band
  • UCOM
  • Paraiso Samba Band 
  • Notting Hill CAMF


Ridley Road

12 noon - 8pm

The following sound systems were based in Ridley Road.

  • Solution Sounds
  • First Class Sound and Sarge Singh
  • NTS Radio

Gillett Square

12 noon - 8pm

  • 12 noon - DJ mix
  • 12.15pm - Suzuki Classical (young violinists)
  • 12.35pm - hula hoop performance by Murawa's Majorettes
  • 12.45pm - Visual Ministry Gospel Choir
  • 1.15pm - Belly to Belly Sound System
  • 1.45pm - The 253 (local band)
  • 2.30pm - King Warrior Sound System
  • 3pm - Creative Educators (Back A Yard) theatre performance
  • 3.30pm - hula hoop workshop
  • 4pm - Newton ACE
  • 4.45pm - DJ Scrappy
  • 5.30pm - Community HI FI
  • 6.15pm - South London Samba
  • 7pm - Headline act: Black Slate
  • 7.45pm - DJ mix

Town Hall Square 

12 noon until the procession arrives, various times

  • South London Samba
  • Access All Areas
  • Hackney Wick Football Club
  • Band Off The Wall
  • DJ Debbie Golt


  • Shoreditch Town Hall
  • Tad restaurant
  • Transport for London
  • Global Carnivalz

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.

Hackney One Carnival 2016

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