With this year’s Hackney Carnival on hold due to the coronavirus, the borough’s famous Carnival collectives will parade their creative spirit online at the Hackney Carnival at Home weekender.

Broadcasting live via Reel Rebels Radio on 12 September, and on the Hackney Carnival Facebook page on the 13 September, the weekender will mark the climactic finale to what’s been a summer-long season of films taking viewers around the world and behind the scenes of Hackney’s biggest party. Both days are programmed and presented by Pax Nindi of Global Carnivalz.

Line up:

Saturday 12 September: Sound System Day. Reel Rebels Online Radio will dedicate its airwaves to the Hackney Carnival sound systems. Presented by Pax Nindi, they’ll provide sets from Soca Massive, Dubson Sounds, Solution Sound System, First Class Sounds, Jah Prophecies, Dj Green Papa, Faggamuffin Bloc Party, Community Hi Fi and special guest set from Hackney resident and world soundman Aba Shanti-I. Reelrebelsradio.com 12 – 8pm

Sunday 13 September: Virtual Carnival Day. Featuring films from past processions and live bands including jazz from Ray Carless, African music from Kasai Masai, ska from Stamford Hillbilly Street Band, toasting from Clapper Priest and a legendary performance from Ghanain Ata Kak. Winners of the Hackney Carnival Dance Challenge will also be announced and audience interaction will be encouraged throughout the day by Pax Nindi. Visit Facebook.com/hackneycarnival 12 – 8pm

Those who use Carnival as a time to show off their dancing skills can enter the Carnival Dance Challenge which invites you to create some moves to an exclusive soca tune. Entries will be put to a public vote with the winner announced this Sunday. Entries open until 9 September.

In the run-up to the weekender, the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cabinet Member for Planning, Culture and Inclusive Economy, Cllr Guy Nicholson will discuss the importance, health and wellbeing benefits of Carnival in a short film by Dogleap films curated by Marva Antoine of Tropical Isles, alongside interviews with key community partners.

Live from 13 September on Lovehackney.com, founder member of Emergency Exit Arts Deborah Mullins joins Marva Antoine to launch a new learning resource Spirit of Hackney Carnival which will delve into the artistry and origins of carnival via interviews and insights from industry experts.

Notes for editors:

Since June, to provide some good vibes to the homes of Hackney during lockdown, Hackney Carnival at Home has delivered weekly videos to their Facebook page from arts and crafts tutorials to soca music workouts. Past editions of the films are available to watch on lovehackney.uk/carnival and the Hackney Carnival Facebook Page

Pax Nindi programmed this year’s online event alongside Managing Director Marva Antoine from Tropical Isles, independent arts consultant and founder member and the former Artistic Director of Emergency Exit Arts Deb Mullins, and carnival artist and producer Manuela Benini.

Reel Rebels Radio is an intergenerational online radio station broadcasting from Stoke Newington. Visit reelrebelsradio.com to listen to Hackney Carnival at Home on Saturday 12 September.

Past images of Hackney Carnival and Hackney Kids Carnival are available on the Hackney Council Flickr page.

For more information on the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing support to Hackney’s arts and cultural institutions, venues and organisations, visit hackney.gov.uk/culture or email cultural.development@hackney.gov.uk

Post-production of the carnival films is by Global Carnivalz.

The Carnival Dance Challenge is being produced by Nicholas Hensman in association with Hackney Young Futures and Global Carnivalz.

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