29 June 2017
The Chair of London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET), Pepe Francis MBE, announced today that:
“Notting Hill Carnival will show the local community’s solidarity, support and respect for the victims of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower.”
“Grenfell Tower is at the heart of our neighbourhood. The survivors of the fire, our friends and neighbours, have suffered dreadfully. The families and loved ones of those who died and who are missing continue to suffer.”
“This year, the blackened marker of Grenfell Tower casts a dark shadow over the joy and celebration of Carnival. We do not pretend to provide solace. But we can, and will, offer respect and solidarity.”
“Carnival is a celebration of inclusivity, diversity and harmony. 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 the music, dance and escapism of Carnival. And we will, this year, take time at Carnival to show proper respect for our grieving neighbours.”
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News media enquiries to:
The organiser of Notting Hill Carnival, the London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET) has appointed an event management company, Street Event Company (SEC), to work with the Trust to manage the delivery of a better, safer Carnival in 2017.
As organiser of Carnival, LNHCET, is responsible for the artistic content of the event. SEC is working with LNHCET, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, the GLA, Metropolitan Police Service, and other delivery partners, to ensure Carnival 2017 provides the spectacle, fun and celebration of the arts for which it is world famous, whilst addressing security and safety concerns raised after the 2016 event.