Carnival to return alongside We Love Hackney weekend

The Hackney One Carnival – which was cancelled at the last minute amid fears the Tottenham riots could spread to the borough - is set to return this Sunday (September 18) for the We Love Hackney Weekend.

Dancers who had been due to take part in Hackney’s popular carnival were left all dressed up with nowhere to go last month, when organisers told them the event had been cancelled minutes after it should have begun.

Police believed it was set to be hijacked by people eager to use the event to spark more violence after mob attacks in Tottenham the previous night – and indeed riots did break out in Hackney the following day.

The council could not confirm at the time if the carnival – which will bring the streets to life with spectacular costumes, energetic dance and uplifting music – would run at a later date.

But now the dancers’ hard work and preparation will not go to waste as this Sunday it has been rescheduled as part of the fourth We Love Hackney Weekend, where the community can come together to celebrate all that is great about Hackney.

The weekend extravaganza kicks off on Saturday in Hackney Central with children’s theatre, juggling and giant board game fun on the Narrow Way.

Everyone is invited to bring a dish for ‘Come Dine With Us’ just round the corner in Wilton Way, where there will also be a dog show and illustration exhibition.

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Hackney Homemade Market selling homemade and vintage goods and Pop Up Food Festival will be in St John at Hackney Churchyard, where there is also the chance to try out some Olympic sports and find out about 2012 job opportunities.

Nearby outside St Augustine’s Tower you can make your own comic strip and find out about Hackney Museum’s Mapping the Change project, which invites residents to record the changes happening in the borough in the run up to the 2012 Games.

At the Hackney Empire in Mare Street at 2pm on Saturday, young people from the Robert Levy Foundation will stage Trust - a free performance including singing, dance, and poetry.

Then on Sunday the Hackney One carnival parade begins at midday at Ridley Road Market, moving north up the A10 ending in Stoke Newington Church Street.

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