THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Jump UP! Exhibition Event Schedule

Thursday 27 Sept, 6-8pm – Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies Talk Dr Marl’ene Edwin SFHEA, FRSA and Joan Anim-Addo of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies at Goldsmiths will discuss their research. They will looking at the history and heritage of Carnival arts as it passed down through the generations. Friday 28 Sept, 6-8pm – Carl Gabriel Talk A true Carnival legend, artist Carl Gabriel uses traditional Caribbean wirebending techniques to create large scale sculptures that appear at Carnival every year. Beyond his sculptures, he has been documenting the festival since the 60s as well as playing in...
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Jump up! Celebrating Legends Of Carnival – exhibition

Launching at The Muse Gallery on Portobello Road, YOUTH CLUB and Street Event Company announce a groundbreaking new photography exhibition celebrating 50 years of Notting Hill Carnival, supported by the Arts Council England. Celebrating over 50 years of London’s most revered gathering, “Jump Up!” is a groundbreaking exhibition of photography and ephemera taken by authentic 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s partygoers and local heroes capturing the energy, togetherness, and resilience of Notting Hill Carnival. “Jump Up!” brings newly digitised heritage photography, flyers and film documenting the fashions, Carnivalists, steel pans, sound systems and artwork, securing Notting Hill Carnival as...
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Are you a young budding Photographer and love Notting Hill Carnival?

Work with a Professional Photographer at Notting Hill Carnival and enter our competition to have your photo exhibited at London’s The Muse Gallery on Portobello Road as part of the exclusive ‘Jump Up’- celebrating Legends of Carnival exhibition from 20th September.   Participants will have the lucky opportunity to work with a professional photographer and understand how to take great ’street style’ Carnival shots.  Participation is FREE.  All photographs can be taken on your iPhone to discover your creative photographic talents through your lens.  A judging panel will then choose ‘one shot’ that will then be shown at the exhibition.  The...
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Steel Pan – The History

The steel pan emerged within the 1930s – with skilfully hammered 55-gallon oil barrels were used to carefully produce perfect musical tones. The drums were developed on the Caribbean island of Trinidad during the early years of the 20th century, and were used by steel pan musicians called pannists. Throughout the mid-1930s metal percussion was being used in the Tamboo Bamboo bands, who would play music through tuneable sticks made of bamboo wood. Originating in Trinidad, these were hit onto the ground with other sticks in order to produce sound. By the late 1930s the occasional all-steel bands were seen at...
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The sweet sound of SOCA

SOCA is a genre of Caribbean music that originated within a marginalized subculture in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970’s. Soca was initially developed by Lord Shorty in an effort to add another musical dimension to the traditional calypso in Trinidad, with the rise in popularity of reggae from Jamaica and soul & funk from the USA. Fast forward 50 years, we now see SOCA as a fundamental element to carnivals all across the world with particular reference to Notting Hill Carnival.  Revellers cheer MAS bands whilst dancing to static sound systems, who paraded the streets of W12 with...
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Red Bull Music Academy at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park

After a two year hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy returned to Notting Hill Carnival with a brand new two-day offering. Kicking off with an open-to-all Sound System party on Sunday 27th August, Red Bull Music Academy then collaborated with local masquerade band Mangrove to parade a bespoke carnival float on Monday 28th August. In a world first, Jamaican dancehall star Spice and British rapper Stefflon Don performed together whilst Mixpak boss Dre Skull, afrobeats trailblazers Belly Squad and AfroWave pioneer Afro B also joined the line-up for this year’s newest carnival addition, the Red Bull Music Academy Sound System. The...
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