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Notting Hill Carnival - 2020 - UK CANCELLED

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Notting Hill Carnival - 2020 - UK  CANCELLED

Time: August 30, 2020 to August 31, 2020
Location: London UK
Event Type: carnival
Organized By: Notting Hill Carnival Ltd.
Latest Activity: May 7, 2020

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A statement on behalf of the board of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd.

Like all events around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Notting Hill Carnival has faced many challenges this year. After lengthy consultations with our strategic partners and our Advisory Council, the Board has taken the decision that this year’s Carnival will not take place on the streets of Notting Hill as it has done for over 50 years. This will also mean that Panorama, the annual steelband competition, will not take place.

Notting Hill Carnival was founded to bring people together during trying times, and we intend to continue that legacy. We are working towards an alternate NHC 2020 that we hope will bring the Carnival spirit to people from the safety of their homes, and make them feel connected and engaged.

This has not been an easy decision to make, but the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the way in which it has unfolded means that this is the only safe option.  Everyone’s health has to come first. 

We also have no wish to place extra strain on our colleagues at St John Ambulance and the NHS. We, of course, work very closely with them for Carnival and want to take this opportunity to express our utmost respect, admiration and gratitude for their work.

We are still at the early stages of planning for Notting HillCarnival 2020 in its temporary form. We will share more information on how it will take shape soon. We will now be working closely with our partners, the Carnival community and others to deliver a celebration of Carnival culture and arts for the whole nation over the August bank holiday weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the streets of Notting Hill in 2021.

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Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on May 7, 2020 at 11:27am

This was anticipated and expected, but still heart-braking.  Each year, our crew from TO, the 6IX, travels across the Big Pond to visit London, UK and participate in the Notting Hill festivities and celebrations.  This year we will "attend" in spirit if unable to in person in the alternate NHC 2020.  Blessings!!! Lawd, Doh Stop The Carnivals...

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