2nd August 2017
Notting Hill Carnival announces TWO one-minute silence to show respect for Grenfell Tower Victims.
At 3pm on Sunday 27th August and Monday 28th August, the 51st Notting Hill Carnival will fall silent for one minute.
Countless whistles, steel drums, sound systems and hundreds of thousands of voices will fall silent – in unity, respect, sorrow and solidarity for, and with, the victims and survivors of Grenfell Tower.
‘We have been thinking hard about how Carnival can show support for our surviving friends and neighbours, as well as our respect and sorrow for those we have lost’ explained Pepe Francis MBE, Chair of London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET). ‘After all, Carnival is and always has been about togetherness and solidarity. It’s the heart and soul of our community – so it feels right that we continue celebrating the vibrant culture, diversity and unity we all need now more than ever – and that we all pause to think about what’s happened. That’s why we are working with our event managers and all concerned to halt the music at 3pm for a minute’s silent contemplation on both days.’
In conclusion, Pepe Francis added, ‘We don’t pretend we can give solace. But we can, and will, offer respect and solidarity. Carnival is a celebration of culture, inclusivity, diversity and harmony and we will not provide a platform for those who espouse the politics of division and hate and who seek to create disharmony. We will focus on what we do best: providing joy and release through Carnival’s music and dance – and, this year, take time to show proper respect for our grieving friends and neighbours.’
For media enquiries:
Donna Lambert, Communications Director, Street Event Company