Current Exhibitions

Woman in a colourful carnival costume walking past the Hackney Empire. The costume is yellow, red and blue and has a large headdress
*Coming Soon*
Making Carnival: 5 decades of Mas, Music and Movement in Hackney

Join us at Hackney Museum this September as we celebrate the story of carnival in Hackney.

Hackney has been the home of carnival groups since the 1970s when Caribbean communities settled in the borough. Since then, Hackney Carnival has evolved into a community celebration that takes over the streets with a parade of mas bands, steel pans and soca music.

This exhibition will feature the stories of carnival groups in Hackney over 50 years, explored through costumes, photographs, videos, and child-friendly interactives and exhibits.

Opening in early September 2024.