Monday, 25 July 2016

Monday 25th July: London Notting Hill Carnival Launch 2016.

The 2016  London Notting Hill Carnival Launch party became a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the event.  The story was told with a narrated dance and a personal account from founder Leslie Palmer who explained how he integrated the local Jamaican soundsystems into the Trinidadian Carnival in 1973.  This was followed by a concert from Ebony Steel Pan band and calypso section with Alexander D Great.  It felt like the entire 3 day celebration condensed into one evening (complete with Carribean catering!) which made me want it to be Carnival EVERY day of the year.  I CANNOT wait till August Bank Holiday weekend!  

(old photos here from Leslie's archive in an exhibition and final image here of the Moko Jumbie Carnival Arts workshop at the YAA Centre with TouchDSky and Adrian Young who had just arrived from Trinidad to demonstrate how to "walk Stick" on stilts)

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