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The Notting Hill CARNIVAL

 The 2006 42nd annual Notting Hill Carnival may no longer be Europe's biggest street party but it still London's greatest and the hope of many for expressing an inclusive multicultural vision of a town that wishes tv  o be known as a great global host.   Expect a much less crowded festival that will joyfully attempt to combine and unite all da people in a creative celebration of the harmony and diversity of 21st century London.  Come to jump in unity

Aspiring and Achieving in Unity  is the  theme of the 42nd  Notting Hill Carnival 2006

Plan your trip to experience the palpable electricity of the community getting ready for the Carnival in August as it explodes on the weekend defined by the end of summer Bank Holiday on the last Monday in August.  Visit our London
 Carnival 2006  page or the aforum's news and archives sections for an update on the historic evolution of the Carnival on
 Mayor Ken Livingstone's watch who will host the 2nd annual Carribbean in Hyde Park in 2006

 Notting Hill Carnival groups remind you it is the journey to Carnaval day that provides the greater reward. So find a group to join in and keep the notorious crowds on the other side of the barricades and out of your mas camp.  Come join in this New European spectacle of exuberance and joy. Rediscover London's peak annual energy point in the famous Notting Hill neighborhood. 

Web Guides for Carnival  

Notting Hill Carnival by 
This extensive local on-line guide offers year-round coverage of the Carnival and has on occasion published views opposing views regarding the future of the Carnival || Search their site for "Notting Hill Carnival" (find over 100)|| google search (find over 2000 )
 BBC London will be broadcasting exclusive scenes from
BBC ONLINE the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday  (family day) and Monday (main parade). 

Guardian Unlimited   Search their archives by google  (600+)||Row erupts over 2003 Carnival  by|| 2001 is their best home page  ||1999
Spreading Our Culture Around
Britain's only publication devoted to Caribbean music and culture. UK wide Carnival coverage  and exclusive insight into the stars of Caribbean Carnival.   Socanews is funny about retiring its content quickly and sometimes has none, like for the first half of Aug-2004

Official Web Sites 

Carnival Official 2006 Guide
 "the council" Royal Borough Kensington & Chelsea || "carnival" on by google

bullet print a Map of 2006 Carnival attractions [PDF file] (File size 2.2Mb)
bullet Public Toilets  provide 266 Chemical toilets and 5 pissoir/urinal type toilets for male visitors.   This is triple the number from when the Council took over in 2001
bullet Street Trading
The 247 vendors with licenses from the council should expect little competition from illegal vendors with a large team dedicated to detection and removal as well as monitoring sound system volume. Waiting list for vacated spots reopens in Sept.
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Sound Systems
All sound systems are authorized by the council in conjunctions with the British Association of Sound Systems (Bass). The 40 or so sound systems will be shut down promptly at 7pm
Download and print a Map of the 2006 Sound Systems [PDF file] (File size 1.1Mb)
bullet Parade & Security The Council now grants permits to about 70 bands with floats and/or mobile sound systems in the main procession.... The police do close down the procession by 9.00pm on the Monday.  Over 5000 police and other security are deployed on each of the 2 Carnival days. The Metropolitan Police use 80 CCTV cameras to give the force a "birds-eye view" over the whole route 2006 Road Closures and Parking Controls.
bullet Parks  Tropical Island Rubicon Park - Children & Families- low-key events aimed at children and families take place on the Council's parks, including Athlone Gardens and Powis Square. Tavistock Gardens and Emslie Horniman's Pleasance are used over the weekend for rest and picnics. || contacts || Map
 The former official site in 2001 represents many Carnival bands and has an entirely different perspective on the current Carnival administration. Key Carnival artist funders like London Arts Board are supportive 

The Rest || Search their site for Notting Hill Carnival by google
the former long-time star of's web-guide ( 1996-2001) has removed access to its archives and no longer says much about de Carnival  either.

TimeOut-London  use their search || google them for "notting hill carnival"  Despite publishing a thick annual guides to the Notting Hill Carnival  there's very little on-line Carnival presence and it does not last long anyway. 
Carnival 2004

Route Map

Events Carnaval is as much a season and a feeling as an event. Find your countdown events here. 

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Official Events See  See
& Sunday
before Carnival weekend:

Grand Costume Gala
At  Alexandra Palace Getting there
11am-5pm: MAS CAMP with free workshops in costume making, mask making, demonstrations and exhibition. Create your own costume and be part of the show.
Tickets available on the door


before Carnival weekend:
Calypso Finals
 [F] London Calypso Contest
Bank holiday weekend begins
Carnival Saturday


 Steelpan Panorama  
Panorama remains at 
Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, W10.
Starting 7.00pm

steelbands from all over Britain competing for the title of the
London  C
Carnival Sunday  6am Jouvert  until 9.00pm
Kids  Parade & Festival 
Carnival Monday  Always the last Monday in August.
 Noon until 9.00pm
Adult parade
Parade & Festival 
The Stars of Carnival
Carnival is the people's celebration and it is important that anyone can be a star. The Notting Hill Carnival Stars number in the thousands. Visually the color and spectacle of the BANDS will be where most focus their camera.
The music vibrations from well over 100 sources will pump the energy level of the million plus bodies to a level which puts Notting Hill at the top of annual celebrations in Europe. Besides three large stages and 45 sound systems scattered throughout the neighborhood you'll also find Soca and Steelpan bands "parading on the road." On Carnival Saturday come watch the Steelband's Panorama one of the largest Steelband competitions outside of the motherland of Trinidad. These are local bands. Don't miss the Calypso music, song with story, usually composed by the venerable performers themselves for the current Carnival season.
Soca is the product many generations of research in how best to make the hips sway and de feet jump. Soca was born relatively recently, leading many Carnavalists to hope that this West Indian dance music out of Trinidad will take the baton from London's techno scene before the millennium gets here.

While Notting Hill may have gone from a West Indian artist neighborhood with connections to Pink Floyd, Hendrix and Bob Marley, to one of London's most favored by those in the public eye with native celebs like  Robbie Williams. Joseph Fiennes:, Stella McCartney, Geri Halliwell, and Claudia Schiffer.


 [F] 2005 Carnival Awards (costume contest)
 [F] 2004 London Carnival Awards
 [F] 2005 Adult Bands Awards
 [F] 2003 Mas Band Awards
 [F] 2003 Panorama Champion is Mangrove
 [F] 2002 Notting Carnival Awards

 [F] 2001 Notting Hill Carnival Awards
 [F] Awards Carnival 2000
 [F] 1999 Notting Hill Carnival Awards
 [F] 1999 Notting Hill Carnival Gala Costume Awards
 [F] 1998 Notting Hill Carnival Awards inc- Olympia Costumes [F] 1997 Carnival Awards

Parade Route
Map of Carnival Route 2005  our low K pop-up version its nicely printable when available
In 2004, London Mayor Ken Livingstone did all he could to implement the Hyde Park Carnival expansion which might have made all the disruptions and loss in the the few years worthwhile but it was not to be. Route remains much the same for 2005 as the Mayor's attention turns to 17 billion pound tube expansion to get ready for the 2012 London Games and an effort to reduce the number of London boroughs to a more efficient number like 5.  all his problematic efforts.

Parading Bands

The three-mile route through the west of the city will be surrounded by a Carnival which organizers claim is second only  Rio de Janeiro's legendary spectacle of color and spirit. Notting Hill Carnival is unchallenged as Europe's largest annual street festival. Monday brings out the best in the bands making Sunday a little less crowded if you want to bring the whole family. Communities from the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines will be represented. London Carnival Bands on the Web ||2005 MAS BANDS || 2002  || 2001  || 2000  || 1999 || 1998
Over 60 representing more than a million hours of costume making and a growing number of web sites 

Notting Hill Mas Bands Association

DownloadPoisinUK ….share the excitement when Poison hits the streets of Notting Hill in Full Bloom. ........

South Connections Carnival band has been in existence since 1985 and has some 250 members. The band has always supported innovative costume design, and has worked in the past with Niki Lyons, Keith Khan, Ali Zaidi and Clary Salandy. 
For 2002 the band's theme is  Massala Dougla "one people one race" (a spicy mix of people) designed by Ray Allan Mahabir 
St Annes Nursery,
194 Freston Road North Kensington, London, W10 6TT Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre Bandleader: Shabaka Thompson Designer: Nadella Benjamin
Tel: 020 7286 1656

Beeraahaar Sweet Combination workshops for children during school holidays. In these workshops the children participate in design and dance lessons.Once a month we have a lunch meeting for elderly members which is primarily for story telling and social interaction.

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data collected by the England Arts Council and used to promote festival arts throughout the empire

Samba Schools
 Brazil in UK Fotos || [F] Brazil in London 
Brazilian Culture is on the move in London and Samba Schools are at the forefront of infecting the culture with the rhythms. Learn more about the percussion instruments in a Bateria here or head over to our SAMBISTA Network in aforum pages which features the best contributions from the Sambista mailing list but needs a volunteer to freshen it up 

Champion of the 2003 and 2004
 Notting Hill Carnival

Quilombo do Samba


Download  at aforum
The London School of Samba at

This venerable (1984) original continues to lead the way. Their bateria (percussion orchestra) will include many of the top players from all over Europe. Affiliated with the great G.R.E.S. Mocidade of Rio. Dance Web 
mega LSS pics but not official site   
Paraiso was founded in early 2002 by Mestre Esteves da Silva and Henrique da Silva, with a group of passionate sambistas who enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to create a British samba school true to samba's Rio roots. Paraíso's symbol is a phoenix rising from a pandeiro (large tambourine). The phoenix represents strength in the form of a bird rising from the ashes to give new hope. 
Only Music Can Save Us Now

formed as part of the UK Earth First action against the IMF in Prague in September 2000

The UK Samba Association has released a 2005 compilation CD of UK Samba artists,
Ilhas do Ritmos"

We were born to unite; to join in community with the human race. Launched 23May2003 Samba bands  of Zabumba.
events, links, yellow pages, NEWS magaz8he
Brazilian London Embassy

Dance Soca-Samba-Salsa

Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre ||MultiMap
the home of Black Arts in London The Community North Westminster funded exclusively for arts activities. (No dance classes listed at website)

 [F] Brazil Events in London in aforum 
There's plenty featuring both the local and immigrant population. Visit our compilation page to optimize your   
Lots of hot stuff & often updated

London's Clubs 
covering Brazilian 
Dance in London (last update Oct02)

Latin-dance and Ball-room dance can merge in the UK as Mr. Wonderful's Directory demonstrates
is presenting the UK International Salsa Congress Sept 20-22 2002 A festival of dance

Samba-Salsa frame menu  || What's new
This is one of our most popular pages featuring global and music links 
 [F] LATIN Salsa in London & the UK


"Come on, push yourself! Push those hips forwards, girl!" the teacher shouts. 
To benefit from a Carnival work-out, you need to push the boundaries of modesty as well as your body parts"
Axe (Ahh-shay)
The spirit in the music that makes people want to dance
Steelband Panorama opens the festival at 6pm on Carnival Saturday  at Horniman's Pleasance.
The nine pan bands competing in the 2006 competition

Home Pan Jumbie
fresh from 2005 update with e-mail & contact info for de many without websites.

 [F] UK Steel Pan Groups and the PANORAMA
The more visual version as well as archives
 [F] Steelpan Network 
 [F] Steel Pan Music Education
 [F] Steelpan Marketplace OnLine 

Notting Hill Carnival Panorama Bands include: 
Stardust Steel Band,
Eclipse Steel Band, Ebony Steel Orchestra, Mangrove Steel Band, London All Stars, South Side Harmonics, Metronomes, Glissando, North Stars

 Youth program based at the Tabernacle where you can often find a steel pan group practicing. Check out what's new in sound and motion at their site 

British Association of Steelbands 

Contacts : Pepe Francis
c/o Debi Gardner, Secretary 404? The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY. Telephone 0171 727 2484

Europe's premiere steel band... Ebony Steelband won the
Panorama Competition at Notting Hill Carnival '99. The 13th win for Ebony and an incredible ninth in a row. Founded in '68 they also offer accredited courses in music arts

Mangrove Steel Band News by google 

 North Stars Steel Orchestra
Started in Huddersfield in 1975 by Trinidadians Kelvin Benjamin and Leroy 'Crunch' Sylvester,


BAS British Association of Steelbands

British Association
of Steelbands

Pepe Francis, chairman of the British Association,
History by 
Pan European Committee
Created in May 1999, Pan European is a committee of steelband representatives from within the  European Pan European's aim and objective is to unify all the energies of the Movement under one banner and to offer opportunities and challenges through programmes of information, artistic exchange, education and social insertion through music.
Contact : Barthélémy Fougea :
produced the first 
European Steelpan Festival who united at Parc de la Villette, Paris, France in May,2000. where 13 bands from 7 countries participated Calyposociation promotes throughout France and teaches steelpan  to over 120 students in Paris.


They are consummate storytellers who stand alone on stage and have to hold the crowd's attention. Like rap, a later and very different way of overlaying the rhythms of real language on to music 

 [F] London Calypso Contest  ||UK Calypso in our image server 2005 News || 2004 news
Music of Trinidad & Tobago || Soca-Calypso
Two of many our link sections for Caribbean Carnival Music 
produced by 
The  ABC (Association of British  Calypsonians )

Wen'd is the reigning monarch from 2004 Download
Mentored by Winston Henry aka “Explainer”, Wen’D delivered “My Kind Ah Man” with poise, pride and dignity”. “My Kind Ah Man” soon became the women’s anthem. Along with her social commentary “The Internet”, Wen’D regained her Calypso Monarch title
she had previously won in 2001. Wen’D will be recording her 2nd album in 2005 as she prepares to defend her title.

Fridays  in August 
Doors open 7pm, Showtime 8pm sharp. Contact to confirm 

The Tent opens on 26th July and thereafter runs every Friday up concluding at Royal Opera House on Saturday 17th August. The Finals in 2005 are held on Carnival Thursday

 Errol Brown aka Lord Cloak is generally the one to beat with far more titles than anyone else. The regular cast includes Lord Cloak, Cleopatra, Sister Sandra, Totally Talibah, Mr International, Admiral Jack, Helena B, Iguana, Sheldon Skeete and Mighty Explorer

Calypso Contest has been held since '92  at Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre  in the St Charles Catholic Sixth Form of North Westminster . This is London's only officially recognized Combined Black Arts and Community Centre. It is an internationally renowned and prize-winning artistic landmark 

The Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre, 
1 Chippenham Mews, W9.2AN 
Tube: Westbourne Park (just off the Harrow Road)Tel: 020 7286 1656.



Due to the banning of drums during the era of slavery Trinidadian music did not maintain the vigorous drumming traditions that survived elsewhere - notably in Brazil and Cuba. Instead the emphasis was more on the melodic and lyrical side although, needless to say, it still retained a strong rhythmical element. Calypso grew out of the songs that were sung during carnival.

by ECHO PARK WORLD HEADQUARTERS Two classics ‘Atilla’s Kaiso’ and The Roaring Lion’s ‘Calypso From France To Trinidad’ are insightfully reviewed along with two others by  Peter Ridsdale.


 Calypso, Calypsonian, & Calypso tent
"The music took another turn in the early 1970s when calypsonian Lord Shorty created a more up-tempo beat, which he dubbed "Sokah", now spelled soca. It has proved an astonishingly versatile music, able to incorporate elements of other styles, so that now we have ragga-soca, and Indian-influenced chutney-soca, and even soca mixed with jungle, lambada, salsa and country and western! Common to all, is an infectious danceable rhythm and often still those scandalous lyrics. "
Chutney A fusion of traditional Indian percussion and style of singing and Calypso. The chutney artist writes lyrics in either Hindi or English and then lays it on top of beats that come from soca and Hindi film songs. Some of the current chutney artists are Anand Yankaran, Rikki Jai, Adesh Samaroo and Terry Gajraj. The acknowledged father of soca was Lord Shorty (né Garfield Blackman), whose 1963 recording of "Cloak and Dagger" started the trend
Parang played in Trinidad and Tobago during the Christmas season. It is typically played with Cuarto cuatro (a four-string small guitar), maracas (locally known as shak-shaks), and is often sung in Spanish
Rapso trinidad dialect rap with smooth calypso melody and bold lyric  
Ragga soca: A fusion of Jamaican Dancehall style Reggae and Soca  
Soca_music  Soca is a dance music which is a mix of Trinidad's calypso and Indian music and rhythms, especially chutney music -- it is not, as is often said, a fusion of soul and calypso. It combines the melodic lilting sound of calypso with an insistent percussion  

MUSIC on Stage

Mayor Ken Livingstone returns Live performances to the Carnival along with the long sought Hyde Park beach head with an exciting cultural exchange called Caribbean Showcase.
Come see Alison Hinds - Queen of Soca Kymani Marley - Performing a special tribute to his father the late Bob Marley Soweto Kinch - Award winning saxophonist Ms Dynamite - Mobo and Mercury award winner Sista - UK's leading Female Roots Reggae Group _____________

  For the 6th straight year and the 42nd anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival.  authorities have decreed there will  be no live sound stages for Notting Hill Carnival 2006. Helps eliminate "the crush" and keeps the parks clear for family activities.kiss.jpg (19173 bytes)
Meanwhile the Powis Square Stage across from the former Tabernacle has become a popular place to enjoy local
music artists Powis Square map


28 August 2006
 12 noon to 7pm
Hyde Park

Hyde Park Map

Sound Systems & the DJ's

 [F] SOUND SYSTEMS at Notting Hill Carnival DJ fotos

 [F] 2005
 [F] 2004 [F] 2003   [F] SOUND Systems || 15 Perennial Sound Teams 2002 ||1997    [F] MUSIC NightLife, DJ's & Calypso 
While the extravagant mas costumes in the parading bands are the featured star of Notting Hill Carnival, the events huge number of massive sound systems is the power behind the throne of Europe's largest annual Street festival.
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The development of Sound Systems has been quite phenomenal since their inception in the seventies. Sound Systems form the core of contemporary youth culture. Most genres of popular youth culture owe much of their evolution to Sound Systems. Notting Carnival has every conceivable form of contemporary music and the best sound systems in the world, just ask any DJ.
Fusing the famous London club scene with Carnival, the DJ's play their favorite tunes, expanding beyond the usual Caribbean Carnival standards and adding local flavor to the scene 

London's top club has a Carnival sound system presence

  ||Norman Jay Links at google    
The Legendary club DJ
"one figure that fully represents Notting Hill (Carnival) it must be the Ben Sherman shirt and straw hat that is Norman Jay.  


Carnival is about the collective spirit of the people and the best energy can often be found by taking the pulse of J'Ouvert before the break of daySt_Vincent_060.jpg on Sunday.
6am at the junction of Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Road, 5 steel bands participate in the procession 
All Nations under a Soca Groove

Download1Xtra's coverage over carnival weekend is the annual centrepiece of its live events calendar placing the station at the forefront of live broadcasting and Downloadgiving listeners the chance to experience the action from across the UK.
For 2006 bbc is double coveromg both the Leeds Carnival as well.  
BBC London will broadcasts exclusive scenes from the Notting Hill Carnival  on Sunday August (family day) and Monday (main parade). 

Sounds and CD's 

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For all the latest Reggae, soca, rnb, zouk and gospel CDs check out our new releases sections The Caribbean Music Shop and Label - Europe's specialists for CDs, Vinyl and Mix Tapes in the field of Soca & Calypso music.


Phil Little's  || The Little Drum and Percussion Page
In RealAudi & MP3 full technosamba songs
Radio Real Audio  ||  

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TIPS & Safety

  Carnival Transit Planner London Underground : Travel advice for the August Bank Holiday weekend advisory by 
Carnival Do's & Don'ts
Metropolitan Police Advice: Children are especially vulnerable in crowds….Show consideration to residents and use the toilets provided….If an area is congested--Avoid it….If you lose or find a child go to the nearest police station or a police officer. 

Performers Safety Guidelines 
We've compiled from prior safety guidelines based on our coverage since 1996. After all parade technology is mostly about awareness and common sense it hold up well

The lowdown on festival toilets by 
To go or not to go...?
The Indispensable Festival Guide
Lots at stake as stakeholders take stakes to each other

Food & Drink

My London: Macy Gray Evening Standard 25 April 2003

Enjoy our BBQ Chicken and a cool drink at Jive Tribe Carnival Stand in Meanwhile Gardens on the on the corner of Great Western Rd and Elkstone Rd (see map).

 [F] What's New Foto Gallery 
Add your Carnival foto web pages in aforum or e-mail us and we will
Tim Holt has been the Official Notting Hill Carnival Photographer and has many brilliant shots for sale. 
an event photographed by "Halden Photography" photographer Mark Denton
The Notting Hill Carnival by Joe Conway  || Yahoo Photos page.
Very good Travel & Crowd guide
as well

Peter Marshall's Notting Hill Carnival
Beautiful, elegant B &W photos from the early nineties
"I'm there in the middle of them, clutching a wide angle and a Red Stripe. Come and join me - have fun, this is Carnival..."  

London Photobloggers add your photos to the London Photobloggers  Flickr pool to be considered for our weekly  feature shot.
You can now buy prints of many of the photos on our website as well as photo gifts such as Tshirts and greetings cards
Festival Arts Development

Download || National Carnival Arts Strategy 2005-2007-pdf
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The Carnivalnet Archive is funded by the Arts Council  Carnivalists are invited to submit photographs and information or simply e-mail a question

Dr-P-logo.jpg (95074 bytes)Carnival Database In 1995, Dr. Patricia Alleyne-Dettmers and the Arts Council of England's Combined Arts Department established a publicly accessible database viewable in The Arts Council Library. In August of 1997 August, the database was expanded and brought online by ACE as Dr. Alleyne- Dettmers is a respected experts and a popular speaker on Carnivals.

 From Carnival to Civil Rights - London's Black History Trail at  By Shruti Ganapathy 24/06/2005
The trail chronicles both dark days and those of celebration for the black community. Horniman’s Pleasance on Kensal Road hosts the Panorama steel band competition, held on the Saturday night of the Notting Hill Carnival weekend every year since 1978. London’s Carnival originally began in St Pancras in 1959 and over the years has moved to Notting Hill.

 Other Carnivals, Parades  Festivals and Annual Events in London and the UK
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  & West Indian Carnivals  May - August

If you have got the time and money come to the UK in early August for one of the world's great art festivals in the capital of Scotland Edinborough. Find more links under August above

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Princess Diana
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What's new in aforum on Princess Diana 

 The people's princess died on London Carnival weekend and lived in the Carnival neighborhood's  Hyde park. At one time it was suggested that the Banker's Holiday Monday be renamed after the Princess or the "Queen of Hearts" whose memory is still alive for so many. Kensington Palace was the London home of the late beloved Princess Diana mother of Prince William 
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