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Hackney Carnival To Be Held Virtually This Year

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville has announced that Hackney carnival is to be held virtually again in 2021 and that he has asked his culture chief to arrange a wide-ranging programme of online activities, with in-person events and festivities being cancelled for the second year running.

Hackney Citizen reports that the September event was moved online in 2020 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but still achieved 60,000 interactions all around the world.

Hackney Carnival is London’s second-biggest carnival, and would usually bring 80,000 visitors to the area in pre-pandemic times, as people crowd to see a street parade of sound systems and dance processions, celebrating diversity and culture in the borough.

Glanville said: “While we are sad to not be able to deliver this year’s carnival in person, last year’s Carnival at Home online events demonstrated the creativity, commitment and resilience for how we can keep our carnival spirit alive.

“Thanks to the thousands of people tuning in from across the world, we were able to come together and celebrate each other’s cultures on a global scale.”

He added that he was looking forward to adding his support to grassroots carnival groups and hoping to build on the success of last year’s virtual festivities.

Hackney residents will be able to take part in the festivities through virtual workshops, challenges and livestream events and, if COVID restrictions are eased in time, smaller, pop-up carnival activities may take place. 

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