This year’s Notting Hill Carnival may be cancelled, but the event itself is in rude health, as a new virtual version of the weekend demonstrates.
The Notting Hill Carnival Online Experience will feature all of your regular carnival highlights in an easy on your feet version which you can watch on your sofa at home.
The cancellation of the late summer jamboree came as quite a blow to carnival goers. It meant that, for the first time in the Carnival’s 54 year history, Londoner’s did not have the prospect of ending the summer with a bang at Europe’s biggest street festival.
Thus, as inevitable as the cancellation was – the actual confirmation of the fact still felt like a bit of a hammer blow.
Fortunately, the carnival’s organisers have wasted little time in throwing together a replacement event. And while it might not be able to match the full on sweaty magic of the real weekend, this digital version of the event will offer a much more accessible and comprehensive view of the weekend.
Spread over three days, the Carnival Experience will feature a mix of pre recorded and live streamed events, with an impressive line up of Steel bands, Sound Systems, and Calypso and Soca performances to keep regular carnival goers happy.
The event is divided up into different channels, with Parade, Sound System and Main Stage Channels offering a variety of different content from the history of the event.
An online discussion event, meanwhile, will ensure that the history, culture and impact of the carnival is not overlooked.
And to make the event even more accessible, an official Notting Hill Carnival app will allow users to access the whole experience on their mobile phones.
Matthew Philips, the executive director of the carnival, had this to say about the 2020 event: ‘We may not be able to celebrate together on the streets as usual, but we can all come together to celebrate one of the UK’s great cultural events online.’
The Notting Hill Carnival Online Experience will take place from Saturday the 29th of August until Monday the 31st of August 2020. More information about the event can be found here.
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