2007 Notting Hill Carnival
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In recent years, the event has been much freer from serious trouble and is generally viewed very positively as a dynamic celebration of London's multi-cultural diversity, though dominated by the Caribbean culture in the best traditions of Rio. However, there has been controversy over the public safety aspects of holding such a well-attended event in narrow streets in a small area of London.

Concerns about the size of the event resulted in London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, setting up a Carnival Review Group to look into "formulating guidelines to safeguard the future of the Carnival"[4]. An interim report by the review resulted in a change to the route in 2002. When the full report was published in 2004, it was recommended that Hyde Park be used as a "savannah"; though this move has attracted some concern that the Hyde Park event may overshadow the original street carnival[5].

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The pre carnival live Calypso Tent takes place for six weeks during July and August. It occurs only at Notting Hill Carnival time and is spread over 6 Friday nights at the Yaa Asantewaa Arts Centre, in Chippenham Mews, just off the Harrow Road, between Chippenham Road and Marylands Road.
Dont miss the stars of Calypso music, including Cloak, Wen D, Helena B, Mighty Tiger, Alexander D Great, Clivus, Cleopatra, G String, Admiral Jack, Brown Sugar [2006 Monarch], Peace and Love, & Explorer.
27 July, 3, 10, 17, 23 & 24 August, doors open 7pm. London Calypso Tent and Calypso Monarch Finals, Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, Maida Vale, W9. Tel: 020 7286 1656. Tube: Westbourne Park. [more]

"Carnival arts are a fantastically vibrant artform which bring our streets alive. "

said Sarah Weir, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London,

The Arts Council continues to support Notting Hill Carnival in 2007 with over 500,000 invested in activities for the 2006/07 cycle.

406,457 has been through our Grants for the arts funding programme, to projects such as The Notting Hill Mas Bands Association, which received 56,513 to support the Grand Carnival Splash at Alexandra Palace on 19 and 20 August, a spectacular event showcasing the best adults' and children's costumes created for Notting Hill.

This major Grants for the arts program also investsrevenue funding of 577,824 to 13 carnival organisations in London, with most performing at Notting Hill Carnival. This funding is critical to maintaining the high standards in costume making and designing, choreography and composition. Also supported organisations such as Association of British Calypsonians will be hosting a World Music Stage in Powis Square on both days of the Notting Hill Carnival.


"I am very pleased to be backing the carnival again, particularly in the year that weKen Livingstone, Mayor of London are marking the 200th  anniversary of the abolition of slavery in England."

Set All Free

  Mayor Ken Livingstone

Set All Free -- 2007 Notting Hill Carnival Theme
 "It celebrates in a sense the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade which was abolished 200 years ago. And carnival itself is anchored in the history of course of slavery, it is originally the joyous dancing and the mimicry, if you like, of the slaves against their white oppressors - the colonists."  said, Prof. Chris Mullard, chairman of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd.,




Check out our 2007 events page for the hottest fetes, weeklies, and band launches.

Carnival route remains unchanged

Carnival 2007: 26-27 August 2007 top button

Carnival season begins in 2007 with the launch of the London Calypso tent. More at

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Every year, over one million hours go into labour among the 70 plus bands that compete for Best Mas on the Road.

 2007 Mas Band List


Carnival Countdown
August 6-17 Kinetika Bloco - Kinetika Summer School
join over 100 drummers, brass/woodwind player and dancers for 2 weeks and put together a Carnival show to tour the UK.
At Queen Elisabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
August 10 Calypso Tent
August 10 Bacchanal
Soca clashes with Reggae Bashment and a dash of RnB. 10pm-6am at the Love Lounge, 516 Old Kent Road SE1 5BA
August 10 Lagniappe Afterwork Lime
6pm-2am at the Surya Centre, 156 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JL, free
August 13 Notting Hill Nursery Carnival at Kensington Memorial Park, W10
Friday August 17 Calypso Tent - Groovy Soca Monarch
August 17 Represent Yuh Country Colours: Soca Soaking 10pm at Andy's & Mc Restaurant & Wine Bar
August 17 Kinetika will officially launch 'Imagination: Our Nation' at The Queen Elisabeth Hall
August 17 Lagniappe Afterwork Lime
6pm-2am at the Surya Centre, 156 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JL, free
August 18 Notting Hill Carnival Warm-Up Party: Norman Jay
August 18
Children's Day Competition

August 19
adult's day

Grand Carnival Splash - , 12-7:30pm at Alexandra Palace
In a pre-Notting Hill warm-up, Alexandra Palace plays host to the Grand Carnival Costume Splash, presented by the Notting Hill Mas Bands Association - a show and competition of all the flamboyant and glitzy masquerade costumes that will be on parade during the carnival. Prizes are awarded across four age groups for Best King of Carnival, Best Queen of Carnival, Best Male Costume and Best Female Costume.
2007 is an extra special year for the Notting Hill Carnival, as it coincides with the bicentennary of the abolition of the Slave Trade. Aside from a costume parade and competition, Carnival Costume Splash features face painting, mask-making, musical performances and a presentation of new dance moves.
Cost: 10; concessions 5; under 12s 3
Tel: 020 8365 2121. Tube: Wood Green.
Carnival Thursday
August 23 Calypso Tent - Calypso Monarch
August 23 Specialist Entertainment presents Carnival Thursday, London's official yearly Socalicious, 10pm-4:30am at Tudor Rose
Carnival Friday
August 24 Hotta-Dan Carnival Extravaganza
August 24 Calypso Tent - Final night of the tent
August 24 Verde Vai's Carnival Warm Up
Playing Live: Verde Vai, with DJ Limao. samba school Verde Vai  with an amazing show featuring their incredible bateria and dazzling dancers.
Venue: Guanabara, Parker Street, corner of Drury Lane, London WC2B 5BW. Time: 5pm-midnite. Happy hour: 5pm-7pm. Info: 0207 242 8600.
August 24 Machel Montano HD, Mr Vegas, David Rudder
in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, the show features costumes by Peter Minshall.
More infos and tickets VIP SOLD OUT!!
The show will be recorded by 1Xtra BBC for a broadcast on their station on Saturday. MTV Base will be showing excerpts of the concert on their channel. JumpTV will be webcasting the show live to the rest of the world for free. More details of the programming times on MTV Base and 1Xtra BBC will be forthcoming...
Carnival Saturday
25 August
National Panorama Championship 2007
in Hyde Park [note new venue]
near to Speakers Corner, Hyde Park,
10 Steel Orchestras compete for the title National Champion of Steel, plus guest performers (ABC Brass from Rotterdam, the winners of the 'Battle of Drums' competition at Zomercarnaval 2007).
W2. Tube: Marble Arch.
10pm - late Ebony Steelbands's annual After Panorama Jam at Stables Way, Latimer Road,
London W10 6UG
11am-5pm Fox Carnival Band - Final Carnival Workshop
9pm Mas Dominik UK All Islands & Kweyol Carnival Jam
Venue to be confirmed
tba Alison Hinds at Stratford Rex, 361-375 Stratford High Street, London E15
4pm-11pm Poison UK The Ultimate All Inclusive Party
at Little Croft Country Manor in Radlett. Featuring David Rudder and his band, Roger George, The Soca Princess, DJs Tweze and Radio Active's Hoppy live and direct from T&T, DJs Markee and Gladiators Sounds, this and much more.
Ticket outlet see Poison UK
11pm-2am Good Times Carnival Warm-up Session at Plan B, Brixton, London SW9
Carnival Sunday
Party on the Streets beginning with early morn Jouvert. Followed by the Children's parades.
Static Sound Systems: A list 40-odd of the Static Sound Systems can be found here. Some of the music you can hear includes reggae, dub, ska, techno, house, drum & bass, hip-hop, soca, salsa, dancehall and more.
11am-7pm Carnival Showcase in Hyde Park
Inaugural Hyde Park 'Carnival in the Park'. Hyde Park, W2. Tube: Marble Arch.
12:00-7pm Live World Music Stage at Powis Square,
Colville Terrace, London, W11
12:00-19:00 KCC & The Rockin Crew Celebrate 17yrs at Nottinghill Carnival. International Guest Dj's
Wornigton Rd London W10 Off Golbourne Rd next to the Basketball Crt. Free for everyone
1pm-8pm Boya Base @ Oxford Gardens London W11
10pm-3am Zouk Party by MBMB Menm Biten Menm Bagay
Carnival Monday
Full mas processions on the Streets of Notting Hill On Bank Holiday Monday, the whole area will come alive with the traditional and spectacular procession. Hundreds of brightly decorated floats - pumping out music and packed with partygoers - will parade around the streets in the Ladbroke Grove area. Spectators can also dance along to steel drum players as well as listen to soca, house music, reggae and drum and bass.  There'll be plenty of Caribbean snacks such as patties, plantain and jerk chicken to feast on at the hundreds of stalls.
11am-7pm Carnival Showcase in Hyde Park
Inaugural Hyde Park 'Carnival in the Park'. Hyde Park, W2. Tube: Marble Arch.
Live World Music Stage at Powis Square,
Colville Terrace, London, W11
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15th July: Birmingham Latin American Festival.

Series of events the highlight of which is an artificial Brazillian beach (Ipanema!) in Chamberlain Sq . Opened by a performance and parade by Birmingham's own 30 piece bateria, Oya Batucada. Day runs from 11 am -6pm 

Chamberlain Sq/ Victoria Sq, Beautiful Birmingham. FREE

25th August: Creamfields

Daresbury Halton Cheshire

Line up includes Chemical Brothers / Groove Armada / Kelis / Mark Ronson Live /Carl Cox / Erick Morillo / 2 Many DJ’s

The Edinburgh Festival

A collection of various festivals in August and early September of each year in Edinburgh Scotland.

5th August: Carnaval del Pueblo

The largest Latin American out-door event in the Europe. Takes place this Sunday in Burgess Park, south London.
Camberwell, London

27th August Leeds West Indian Carnival

Leeds Carnival 40th anniversary in 2007. The Bi-centenary and the 800th year of Leeds as a city. Come and join us in the commemoration & celebration. 40 years " Not Out "

Other Carnivals:
Bradford Carnival Saturday 23 June
Nottigham Carnival Sunday 8 July
Huddersfield Carnival Saturday 14 July
Derby Carnival Saturday 21 July
Leicester Carnival Saturday 4 August
Birmingham Carnival Sunday 5 August

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