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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.

Written by
Time Out London editors
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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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