Notting Hill Carnival guide

Dancing, music and masquerade – make the most of the online Notting Hill Carnival with our guide to all the info, dates, timings details and tips.

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Photograph: Collin Hills

For a lot of Londoners, Notting Hill Carnival flashes by in a blaze of feathers, Red Stripe and tinnitus. To those who make it happen, it is a year-round operation, and its cancellation has been devastating for many involved.

It did not come as a surprise; the organisers had held off on the announcement in the hope that the situation might improve, leaving many to speculate on when, not whether, the event would be called off for the first time in its 54-plus-year history. But it looks like ‘cancelled’ isn’t the right word after all. Behind the scenes, the Carnival community has rallied together to take it from the streets and into cyberspace with a streamed version of the event on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Using different streaming channels, they’ll celebrate as much of the ‘real’ Carnival as possible. Time will be dedicated to a ‘Carnival Culture’ segment, where the street party’s pioneers will share personal memories of Notting Hill Carnival. There’ll also be live-streamed DJ sets from King Tubby’s and Rampage soundsystems as well pre-recorded performances from steelpan bands Ebony and Mangrove. Spotify has dedicated a whole microsite to the weekend, so you’ll never be stuck for a Carnival playlist. 

Find out how you can register to take part in Notting Hill Carnival Access All Areas 2020 here

Notting Hill Carnival Access All Areas 2020 will be streamed for free over four channels on Aug 29, 6pm-midnight and Aug 30 and 31, 9am-11pm. For details visit www.nhcarnival.org

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Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival online

Tune into the biggest soundsystems
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Tune into the biggest soundsystems

The Rampage DJs have two seven-hour streams planned

Check out the most extra Notting Hill Carnival costume
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Check out the most extra Notting Hill Carnival costume

It’s been 15 years since this blue number first hit the streets

Watch performers in the online parade
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Watch performers in the online parade

A’sha Morris (aged 12) shares her plans for the digital Carnival

Dance along with the mas bands
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Dance along with the mas bands

We spoke to the founder of Genesis Mas Band, Allyson Williams 

A look at Notting Hill Carnival history

21 vibrant pictures of Notting Hill Carnival
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21 vibrant pictures of Notting Hill Carnival

Feast your eyes on some fabulous pictures of Carnival in all its multi-coloured, feathery and sequinned glory. 

What we wore to Notting Hill Carnival
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What we wore to Notting Hill Carnival

See our archive photos and read memories from four generations to see just how much the fashion of Carnival has changed.

Notting Hill Carnival from the Time Out archive
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Notting Hill Carnival from the Time Out archive

Take a trip down memory lane and explore some photos and pictures of Notting Hill Carnival from 1975-1990.   

This one time at Notting Hill Carnival…
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This one time at Notting Hill Carnival…

Carival dancers, Shy FX, Toddla T and The Heatwave tell us their favourite Notting Hill Carnival memories.

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Best known for antiques and collectibles, this is actually several markets rolled into one: antiques start at the Notting Hill end; further up are food stalls; under the Westway and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove are emerging designer and vintage clothes on Fridays (usually marginally less busy) and Saturdays (invariably manic). Browse more of London's best markets

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