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Tickets: £5 (over-18s only).

Tickets are no longer available online. Tickets will be available on the door this evening.

About this event

Join us for a night of carnival performances, parades, workshops and more, celebrating carnival traditions from around the world, from Brazil to Venice or New Orleans.

Brazilian Carnival

Brush up on your samba moves in a workshop with the London School of Samba, then join their dancers and drummers in carnival processions through the museum galleries.

Venetian Carnival

Join our masked Venetian ball in the Conservatory, with fire performances by the London Cirque Ballet, contact juggling by Sorcha Ra and classical music by the London Consort of Winds.

New Orleans Carnival

Experience the sounds of New Orleans with London’s funkiest brass band, the Brass Volcanoes

Carnival on film

Watch MASH Cinema’'s specially-curated selection of short films and documentaries about the many faces of carnival from all over the world. 

Carnival stories

Listen to carnival-inspired tales told through objects from our collection by our resident performance-storyteller Helen McDonald.

Carnival animation shorts

Discover a series of specially-commissioned short animation films by students of the London College of Communication, reflecting on carnival traditions from around the world.

Food and drink

The Horniman Café will be open during the night and street food will be available on the Conservatory Terrace.


Late ticket holders will get a 10% discount in the shop on the night.

This event is suitable for over-18s only.