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Countdown to Hackney’s “best ever” Carnival

Around 1,000 street performers are preparing to take part in Hackney’s annual carnival on Sunday September 8.

Organisers say this will be the biggest event yet and, with Ridley Road said to be too small to accommodate the large crowds at last year’s event, this year a special Carnival Village is being created at Hackney Central, with events between 11am and 7pm.

The parade kicks off at Mare Street at midday and there’ll be dancers, stunning costumes and music. Look out for the Carnival Elders bus, which has been decorated by volunteers from St Joseph’s Hospice and Compassionate Neighbours.

St John’s Churchyard will host a stage with live music from international Soca artist OLA, rapper Ata Kak Unplugged and Afrobeats musician Kodjovi Kush.

There’ll be plenty on offer for families with younger children; Disco Loco will be holding a gig at St John’s, Hackney Playbus will be at Town Hall Square and a children’s cycle lane will operate in Hilman Street.

Other venues include Tesco car park on Morning Lane, where NTS Radio will be DJ’ing and street artists will be brightening up the nearby Narrow Way.

Last year’s carnival involved around 25 community groups

Described the Carnival as: “a grassroots celebration of our community, “Cllr Guy Nicholson, of Hackney Council said this year’s event will be: “the biggest and best yet.”

Arrive hungry! There will be 30 food stalls serving food from around the world.

For the full schedule visit: www3.hackney.gov.uk/carnival

Image credit: Hackney Press Office.

"this year’s event will be: “the biggest and best yet.”

Posted 30th August 2019