The events in Lancaster West, where the Grenfell Tower is situated, brought local community issues into the mainstream press. Grenfell forms part of the Carnival community and carnivalists provided much needed support. Street Event Company were the key actors in making the minute silence a reality, an event that travelled around the world. Public meetings in Notting Hill have emphasised the desire of the community to see greater local engagement, and that young people benefit from the event. In response Street Event Company aims to deliver a number of community focussed initiatives in 2018.
Street Event are committing 50% of profits to community activities, including those listed below, in 2018. We will supply labour and expertise on a pro bono basis to maximise the impact of funds raised.
Training – we will train 150 local young people to NVQ Level 2 or equivalent SIA qualification in a skill that allows them to benefit financially from Carnival, and to have transferable skills allowing them to work at other events. Ultimately SEC aims to bring a proportion of eligible students up to a professional level of qualification.
Carnival Arts and History – while the community preserves many skills and historic information, there is a surprising lack of formal archives or regular exhibitions of carnival arts and history. Working with the Arts Council, SEC is putting together the largest archive of historical Notting Hill Carnival photographs in the UK. The exhibition is expected to tour the UK after debuting in London.
Skate Park – Meanwhile Gardens is an attractive and important location in Carnival. It allows families to enjoy the atmosphere of Carnival in a quieter and more relaxed way. Meanwhile is trying to raise the £50,000 necessary to repair their popular and iconic skate park. Through crowdfunding and donations SEC aim to raise a significant contribution to Meanwhile Garden’s funding requirement in 2018.