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Published on July 30th, 2017 | by David Kalloo


Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festival 2017

The 5th Anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festival takes place on Sunday 13th August 2017 from 12 noon to 9 pm. This free family friendly festival features three live stages on Portobello Green and in Bays 56 & 58 in the Acklam Village, W10.

This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the event with the theme ‘Tributes to the Heroes and She-roes of Ladbroke Grove, Latimer and Harrow Rd.’ Homage will be paid through music to those who have departed, for their invaluable contributions that helped to shape the quality of life within the fabric of the community and society. There will also be special tributes to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Among those being honoured are; Pansy Jeffery, founder of the Caribbean Senior Citizens Pepper Pot Club, The Mangrove 9, Cricklewood 12, Metro 4, Clem Curtis (of Lion King and lead singer of the 60s group The Foundations), Philson (the Dominican restauranteur), Lucky Gordon (Profumo Affair) and Darcus Howe are some of the names in the line-up of tributes.

This year’s entertainment will include; Dennis ‘Matumbi’ Bovell, Janet Kay the Queen of Lovers Rock, Gail Edmunds, Gaz Mayall, The Nostalgia Steelband and many local DJs who will pay tribute to the legendary Duke Vin, Count Suckle and Prince Buster.     A special feature this year will be the recognition of the contributions made by the Francophone islands of Dominica, St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe whose input have also played a part in the success of Notting Carnival.

Last year, there was a surprise guest performance from the Jam’s Paul Weller doing Bob Marley’s Stir It Up.

The present-day Notting Hill carnival was not always the grand spectacular that it is today with its dazzling glittering costumes, pulsating rhythms and the exotic culinary delights from around the world. The carnival began life as a humble fayre for the neighbourhood’s underprivileged kids. The carnival also played a significant part to foster race relations after the 1959 Notting Hill race riots.

For many years, the carnival lacked a coherent direction and in 1973 Leslie Palmer MBE, stepped in and organised the Notting Hill carnival into a collective body that saw the carnival produce its first three carnival costume bands and six steel bands. Simultaneously, sound systems stewards and Caribbean food stalls were introduced. The Head Hunters band was designed and presented by carnival pioneer, Lawrence Noel. The iconic Peter Minshall produced an array of stunning traditional costumes that wowed onlookers and Silma Faustine from Dominica harnessed the creative talents of the local female Francophone islanders to produce a wonderful group in their national creole dress. That was Minshall’s first ever foray into the Carnival arena, and he went on to greater success both in his native Trinidad and world-wide, as he was invited to present the Opening Ceremonies for the Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) Olympic Games and the Salt Lake City, Winter Olympics 2002.

To commemorate the 1973 occasion and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of an ‘organised’ Notting Hill Carnival, an event appropriately called ‘1973 Remembered’ was organised under the leadership of Leslie Palmer in 2013. Distinguished guests who attended ‘1973 Remembered’ included diplomats from many of the Caribbean islands’ High Commissions in London, as well as local community leaders including Anthony Perry the first Director of Westway Trust (formerly North Kensington Amenity Trust), Mary Gardiner and Gus John. Also attending were other renowned Caribbean nationals in the diaspora such as; Filmmaker Horace Ove, Playwright Mustafa Mathura, Ra Hendricks, Mrs Lawrence Noel, Carnival Historian Nestor Sullivan and Publisher Margaret Busby.

The event is free and will be held on Sunday 13th August 2017 – 12 noon to 9 pm. The main stage will be Portobello Green. Nearest tube Ladbroke Grove Tube, Buses 295, 452, 52, 23, 7 and 70.


 Contact David Kalloo on 07738864335 –  Email: davidtkalloo@gmail.com website: www.nhcp.co.uk tweet: @nhcarnival-pioneers fb: nhcarnival-pioneers Instagram: nhcarnival-pioneers

Please see links to Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festivals 2015 and 2016


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