Hackney Carnival 2019
Fabulous dance routines, feathers, glitz and booming beats are set to bring the borough's streets alive on 8 September for the return of Hackney Carnival.
There will be spectacular costumes and energetic dancing from over 800 performers in the parade, alongside three children's areas, two live music stages, seven sound systems, a wellbeing area, street art, and 30 stalls offering food from around the world.
Hackney Central will be the focus of the Council-run event, for an all-day carnival extravaganza. Locations include Hackney Town Hall Square, Morning Lane, St John-at-Hackney Churchyard, Mare Street, the Narrow Way, Hillman Street and Bohemia Place.
The carnival procession will start in Mare Street at 12.30pm, with judging taking place at Hackney Town Hall Square from 1pm. It will then make its way down Graham Road, along Queensbridge Road, ending next to London Fields - on Lansdowne Drive - at around 5.30pm.
Hackney Central will be abuzz with a festival atmosphere from 11am until 7pm. The live music main stage in St John-at- Hackney Churchyard will be headlined by Afrospot Live Fusion Band.
Other live acts include Ata Kak Unplugged, DJ Green Papi, Jah Bunny Live and Kodjovi Kush.
Children and families can enjoy three free all-day play areas, with Disco Loco playing reggae in St John's playground, Hackney Playbus pulling up in Hackney Town Hall Square, and a pop-up cycleplayroad in Hillman Street.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Arts and Culture, said: "This year Hackney Carnival is set to be the biggest and best yet, from pop-up art to baby disco, there is something for everyone.
"Don't miss out on Hackney's very own carnival, a grass roots celebration of our community that will be taking over the streets on Sunday, 8 September."
As part of the countdown to carnival, artists have been working with older residents to create art installations and decorations for the event.
Look out for yarn bombing in St John- at-Hackney Churchyard by members of the local elders' group Uprising, and a Carnival Elders' bus at the Town Hall Square decorated by volunteers from St Joseph's Hospice's Compassionate Neighbours team and the Hackney Caribbean Elders.
Hackney Carnival Creative Director, Pax Nindi, said: "Hackney Carnival has an amazing community feel, it's great to see people from all cultures and all walks of life coming together to celebrate."
More than 60,000 people are expected to be attending Hackney Carnival, photo by Sean Pollock.
Hackney Carnival Events
12.30pm Starts on Mare Street
1-4pm Hackney Town Hall Square
5.30pm Ends in Lansdowne Drive
St John's Live Stage
10am-2pm St John's Church service & music programme
2-2.30pm Generation Uncovered: Live
2.30-2.45pm DJ Green Papi
2.45-3.30pm Dalston Collect
3.35-4pm Marawa's Hula Hoops
4-4.50pm Jah Bunny
4.50-5pm DJ Green Papi
5-5.40pm Ray Carless and Club Skaville Allstars
5.45-6pm Ata Kak unplugged - solo
6-6.45pm Afrospot Live Fusion Band
St John's Playground
11am-6pm Disco Loco
Hackney Town Hall Square & Hillman Street
11am-6pm Hackney Playbus & pop-up playroad for kids on bikes
11am-6pm Wellbeing area
12-12.45pm Access All Areas Carnival Collective and
Jah Prophecies sound system
1-4pm Carnival judging
4-7pm Jah Prophecies sound system
Town Hall Car Park
12-7pm Dubson Sounds sound system
Tesco Car Park
12-7pm NTS sound system and First Class Sounds sound system
12-6pm Live street art and performances
Churchwell Path - Acoustic Stage
12-12.40pm Ping Wing
12.40-1pm Miss Trendee
1-1.45pm Mark 1
1.45-2.10pm JJ Akinlade
2.30-3.15pm Kodjovi Kush
3.30-4pm Barber Luck
4-4.45pm Carlton Broden (Cosmics)
4.55-5.30pm Carpet Face
5.30-6pm D Alberto
The sound systems at Hackney Carnival have new locations this year, photo by Sean Pollock.
Hackney Carnival Sound Systems
St John-at-Hackney Churchyard Solution Sounds sound system Reggae and dub 12-7pm
St John-at-Hackney Churchyard Community Hi Fi sound system Reggae mix 12-7pm
Bohemia Place Faggamuffin Bloc Party sound system Dance, garage, future beats, soca and grime 12-7pm
Hackney Town Hall Car Park Dubson Sounds sound system Drum & bass and dub 12-7pm
Hackney Town Hall Square Jah Prophecies sound system Reggae and dub 12-7pm
Tesco Car Park NTS sound system Afrobeat, soca, hip hop and reggae 12-7pm
Tesco Car Park First Class Sounds sound system Reggae, dub and dancehall 12-7pm
UFO Steel Band
Dende Samba Reggae
Unity No Nonsense
African Fusion Dance
Iconic Hackney Group
Me Viejo San Simon
Jun Mo Generation
GAHU Dramatic Arts
Heritage Social Arts
Jamboulay Carnival Arts
Elimu Mas Band
Hackney Carnival Route
Closed to traffic, open for fun!
Road closures will be in effect on the following roads:
7am-6pm Mentmore Terrace between Warburton Road & London Lane
7am-6pm London Lane between Mentmore Terrace & Mare Street
7am-6pm Ellingfort Road between Mentmore Terrace & Mare Street
7am-6pm Martello Terrace whole Road, including Eleanor Road
7am-6pm Triangle Road whole road, Triangle Road, & Warburton Road
7am-9pm Fortescue Avenue between Mentmore Road & Grandsen Avenue
7am-9pm Gransden Avenue between London Lane & Lamb Lane
7am-9pm Mare Street between Well Street & Amhurst Road
7am-9pm Morning Lane between Mare Street & Ponsford Street
7am-9pm Kenmure Road whole road
7am-9pm Darnley Road between Mare Street & Frampton Park Road
7am-9pm Amhurst Road between Mare Street & Dalston Lane
7am-9pm Brett Road whole road
7am-9pm Gould Terrace whole road
7am-9pm Bohemia Place whole road
6pm-9pm Richmond Road between Eleanor Road & Mare Street
7am-9pm Wilton Way between Penpoll Road & Mare Street
7am-9pm Reading Lane Between Horton Road & Mare Street
7am-6pm Sylvester Road whole road
7am-6pm Penpoll Road whole road
7am-6pm Royal Oak Road whole road
7am-6pm Graham Road between Mare Street & Queensbridge Road
6pm-9pm Graham Road between Penpoll Road & Mare Street
7am-6pm Queensbridge Road between Dalston Lane & Whiston Road
7am-6pm Pownall Road between Queensbridge Road following onto Brougham Road
7am-6pm Brougham Road between Pownall Road & Trederwen Road
7am-6pm Lansdowne Drive between Trederwen Road & Gayhurst Road
7am-6pm Gayhurst Road between Lansdowne Drive & London Fields West
7am-6pm Appleby Road between Gayhurst Road & Willman Grove
7am-6pm Wilman Grove between Lansdowne Drive & London Fields West
7am-6pm London Fields West Side Between Richmond Road & Croston Street
12am-9pm Churchwell Path whole road, around St John's Church
7am-9pm Sutton Square whole road
7am-9pm Sutton Place whole road
7am-9pm Rowe Lane whole road
7am-9pm St John's Church Road whole road
Hackney Carnival has a new route this year.