It went digital last year and sadly Notting Hill Carnival can’t go ahead as normal this year either but that doesn’t mean the party is totally cancelled. A series of ticketed events are being put on to raise money for the Carnival Trust so that the street party can return in all its glory in 2022. Carnival Culture in the Park will be held at Opera Holland Park, with Classic Calypso featuring Giselle Carter, G String, Helena B and Alexander D Great on 19th August; Pan in the Park featuring Mangrove and Ebony on 20th August; and Pan Jazz featuring Engine Room Collective, Andre White, Leon ‘Foster’ Thomas, Samuel Dubois, Carlene Etienne and Deborah Eden on 21st August.
The Tabernacle in Powis Square will be hosting a range of free events throughout August too, including a Mas Costume Showcase, Soca Fridays and Sound System Sundays. Spotify will also be running a dedicated Carnival platform, featuring playlists curated by many of the sound systems and DJs that take part and podcasts that explore topics like the history of Carnival and issues faced by the Black community. Carnival may not be on the streets this summer but you can still turn the party.
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