The Notting Hill carnival
Report on the famous Notting Hill carnival, in London. This colourful and festive cultural event, with its Caribbean rhythm, attracts many tourists every summer.
Millions of tourists gather every year, the last weekend in August, for the very popular Notting Hill Carnival to join the crowd that celebrates Caribbean culture in the British capital.
Getting its name from the west London quarter where there is a large population of resident immigrants from Cuba, Trinidad..., the carnival was created in 1965 by a social worker, Rhaune Laslett. Worried by the tensions between the different ethnic groups, she came up with the idea of a festive gathering that will allow the different communities to reunite and ease relationships, to the sound of percussions and rhythms from soca, calypso, reggae, ragga and other musical genres played out through powerful sound systems. Child parades, dance competitions, culinary specialities and traditional costumes complete the picture of the festival which has not however, managed to make people forget the social inequalities and acts of racism which often strike the city and shake the certainties (as elsewhere) of the immigrant integration model.
In their absence, the Notting Hill Carnival remains one of the biggest touristic and festive gatherings of Europe.