CARNIVAL through the decades: 1970s

London, the 1970s and Notting Hill Carnival As Britain’s finances spiraled downward and the nation found itself suppliant to the International Monetary Fund, the seeming stolidity of 1970s London concealed various, often deeply opposed, radical trends. The entrepreneurial spirit of independent record labels anticipated the radical economic policies of Margaret Thatcher, whereas Punk spoke in tongues with protomillennial fervour. The aftershocks of the collapse of the British Empire transformed London for the first time into a truly cosmopolitan city. Its pop music was flavoured by a new generation of immigrants and people on the margins of society. Pop svengali Mike Chapman...
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The history of Notting Hill Carnival Food

The history of Jamaican food starts with the Spanish arriving in 1509 and driving out the original inhabitants (the Arawak Indians.) With the Spanish, came many slaves, which brought their cooking techniques, spices and recipes from Africa to the island. Jamaica is also famous for what is known as “jerk” – a sort of dried meat (known as beef jerky in other parts of the world) that finds its roots in the Cormantee tribes in Africa, and was imported when slaves came to Jamaica.       Notting Hill Carnival food by numbers (and how much gets eaten) 30,000 corn...
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CARNIVAL through the decades: 1960s

The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival took shape in the mid-1960s. The carnival was a celebration of freedom which was expressed through song, dance and flamboyant costumes. This tradition continued as each year people took to the streets and as large numbers of West Indian population travelled to the UK in the 1950s, this spectacular event established itself in London. The first carnival in London took place in 1959 and was held in a town hall in St. Pancras and the tradition of staging the carnival in town halls continued until it moved to Notting Hill in 1964. The event...
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Red Bull Music Academy proudly supported and collaborating with Mangrove, one of the most prominent and well-respected steel bands who have been participating in Carnival for well over 30 years. Working closely together, this year’s float was unlike anything Notting Hill has seen before, ready to roll down the Carnival route come Monday 28th August. Trinidadian soca stars Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Olatunji flew in to perform on-board to Mangrove’s dancers and the wider Notting Hill Mangrove community.   Photography credit: Danny North/Fanatic  

Carnival 2017 – Green For Grenfell

Organisers of Notting Hill Carnival announced prior to Carnival its new initiative – GREEN FOR GRENFELL. Visitors to this year’s Notting Hill Carnival were asked to adorn the colour green to show respect and solidarity for their neighbours and friends of Grenfell.  The colour green represents renewal, growth and harmony and performers and revellers alike supported Green For Grenfell by creating colourful artworks, Mas costumes and t-shirts colouring the streets of Notting Hill with the colour green. #greenforgrenfell      

Remembering Grenfell – the one minute silences in pictures

Countless whistles, steel drums, sound systems and hundreds of thousands of voices fell silent at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival in August. Carnival paid respect for their grieving friends and neighbours by falling silent for a minute at both Sunday and Monday’s parades.  In a mark of respect and solidarity many revellers wore the colour green to support the ‘Green For Grenfell’ campaign. The moment was concluded with a spontaneous round of applause and cheers from the hundreds of thousands celebrating over the bank holiday weekend. Watch the one minute silence captured on film here

Notting Hill Street Style through the decades

All youth subcultures are under represented, considering that they are such a massively important phenomena.  The people in these photos influence everything from fashion and design to music.  But, they are rarely given the recognition they deserve.  What are often seen as passing fads can become nationally, and in some cases, internationally influential movements, which bubble up from the clubs, streets and Notting Hill Carnival to reinvent the mainstream. This Sunday the V & A celebrate Caribbean popular culture with ‘Out Of Many One – Carribbean Carnival Festival’ Sunday 8th October 2017 – 12.30-17.30 – FREE The free inter-generational celebration...
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Carnival Arts: Sculptors – Carl & Lyn Gabriel

      Sculptors and creators of Carnival Arts, Carl & Lyn Gabriel are key advocates of promoting their traditional craft through the disappearing skill of wire bending (with the use of no gloves, may we add!). We spoke with Carl & Lyn on how their alternating roles play part of curating their infamous work, their key sources of inspiration and key tips on how to enjoy Carnival this year. What different roles do you both play to curate your sculptures? Carl: So, I do all of the technical aspects, like creating the sculptures with wire. Whilst Lyn will adorn...
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