This year’s Hackney Carnival parade will sadly not go ahead as the Council and emergency services focus resources over the coming months on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade, which was planned for September 2020, will be replaced by a digital cultural programme led by the grassroots carnival groups and organisations who regularly partake who will still receive planned funding. Proposals are already being shaped and details and timings will soon be announced.
The decision was taken so that the Council, emergency services and other public bodies could focus resources over the next few months on delivering vital services to those who need them most – rather than on the significant planning, production and rehearsal that goes into each year’s parade.
Last year’s Hackney Carnival attracted over 80,000 people making it the largest event of the borough’s cultural calendar. The months leading up to Hackney Carnival are critical to the operational planning, making and rehearsing that makes the event a year on year success.
All partners have agreed that continuing this work would place carnival groups at risk at a time where community safety and health comes first. The decision is not related to any public health restrictions that could be in place in September.
For more information on the Council’s Cultural Development Team’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and their ongoing support to Hackney’s arts and cultural institutions, venues and organisations, visit hackney.gov.uk/culture
For the latest information about how the Council is working hard to slow the spread of coronavirus and to sign up for email updates, visit hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus
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Images of Carnival 2019 are available to view on the Hackney Council Flickr account.