We all know our cherished Notting Hill Carnival isn’t happening in August, but they’re providing a digital experience to try and bring us those same vibes.
In this unprecedented year and for the first time in its 54 year history, Notting Hill Carnival has moved entirely online, opening up to a global audience that can share in one of the world’s great events. It will take place over the August bank holiday weekend – 29, 30 and 31 August.
Notting Hill Carnival was founded to bring people together during trying times, and that legacy will continue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced in May that the Carnival could not take its usual form this year but there will be an alternative – Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas.
Streamed for free over four separate channels from 6pm – Midnight 29th August and 9am – 11pm Sunday & Monday 30th & 31st August details on how to register can be found at www.NHCarnival.org.
With several names who are the cornerstone of putting Notting Hill Carnival on, including sound systems like Rampage, this is going to be as authentic as can be. But on top of that Spotify have officially partnered with organisers for this and a dedicated Spotify microsite will be launching later in August (www.spotify.com/carnival). The site will feature brand new playlists curated by each of the official sound systems and the DJs of Carnival. The site will also host podcast episodes covering everything from Notting Hill Carnival’s rich history to current issues facing the Black community.
Check out the Notting Hill Carnival website and social media pages for further updates.