YAfrica is back to join London’s Caribbean communities at the biggest street party of the year. Notting Hill Carnival is here over the August Bank Holiday (26th and 27th ).
by Rachel Ogbu
The two-day festival is the most anticipated British street party of the year and we will be there to celebrate culture and tradition in London.
Recently, Lord Bourne the Minister for Faith, hosted over 150 people, including almost 100 children to a party at Downing Street in a celebration of the up coming festival.
The party was tagged the ‘Downing Street Carnival’ and saw children in vibrant costumes dancing and celebrating. It was a way the government chose to acknowledge the incredible cultural impact Notting Hill Carnival has had on the UK.
Matthew Phillip, Executive Director of Notting Hill Carnival explains: “Notting Hill Carnival began as a Children’s Fayre’ in 1966 and traditionally the Sunday of Carnival has been billed as ‘Children’s Day’. In recent years that element has been somewhat lost so we really wanted to make sure this year, and in the years to come, the children truly get it back.
“We are proud to be supporting more children’s bands as well as helping areas of carnival, like the Meanwhile Gardens, put on more children’s activities.
“We would like to thank Downing Street for inviting us to be part of the first Downing Street Carnival. Great food, great music, dancing and plenty of fun had by all – exactly what Carnival is all about.”
Lord Bourne said; “As Europe’s largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate Caribbean culture and traditions. ‘Children’s Day’ is a great way of ensuring young people can take part too, and learn more about their communities.
“I was delighted to host today’s mini carnival on Downing Street ahead of what I’m sure will be another successful Carnival.”
Next weekend, we will join over one million thrill seekers in London to experience first hand the famous colourful floats and dancers moving to authentic steel bands. Listening to afro beats and soca while enjoying a variety of Afro-Caribbean cuisine.
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