Europe's largest annual street festival, held in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London, has taken place every year since the 1960’s. For the first time ever, this year’s edition will take place online and in people’s living rooms. But celebrating from our homes doesn’t mean any less Carnival spirit—and in fact the new format means people from around the world can join.
For 2020, Notting Hill Carnival organizers are bringing the spirit online throughout the weekend. Just in time for the bank holiday weekend, people around the world can experience Notting Hill Carnival on live streams and discover some of the history behind the event. From August 29 through August 31, the live streams will be available on YouTube as well as through Google Arts & Culture.
To accompany live streaming music, dance performances and DJ sets, you can now explore more of the story behind Carnival and its roots on Google Arts & Culture. Find out about the elements that form the basis of Carnival every year, from steel drums to sound systems, and meet some of the people who work year-round to bring the performances together. Allyson Williams MBE is a former NHS nurse and band leader who would have been celebrating 40 years of performing at the 2020 event. And historian and Carnival ambassador Fiona Compton shares the origins of jerk chicken and steel pan drums. Both Carnival regulars will be participating in this year’s new online format.
Alongside the Notting Hill Carnival collection, photographer Misan Harriman has released a series of over 200 photographs taken at the 2019 edition of Carnival. The Last Dance is a stunning series of portraits showcasing carefree carnival-goers in the streets of Notting Hill. A poignant sight in the context of current restrictions that prevent communities coming together in such numbers.