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Notting Hill Carnival WILL go ahead as festival goes digital for first time ever

The bank holiday weekend is so close we can almost taste it.

The bank holiday weekend is so close we can almost taste it, though with many summer events cancelled this year, many of us may have to be confined to our own homes.

Yet one festival is soldiering on with gusto.

Thanks to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, the weekender extravaganza will still go ahead.

While streams of people usually flock to the London streets, this year a different kind of stream is taking place, as the organisers turn to cyberspace to stream the event online.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the festival will go digital for the first time in its 54-year history, airing over four channels online between August 29 and 31.

[Credit: Lachlan Gowen]

Speaking about the festival’s new direction, executive director of Notting Hill Carnival, Matthew Phillip, said: “Carnival is such an important part of people’s lives and key celebration of the multiculturalism of the UK.

“We have a responsibility to our community and pioneers to honour that.

“We also have a responsibility to protect the black community and our elders by respecting social distancing and taking carnival away from the streets for this year.”

[Credit: Glodi Miessi]

While the festival may be notorious for the huge crowds it usually attracts, around 2.5million people, it also aims to celebrate black British culture.

Led by the British West Indian community, they aim to honour and protect the heritage of Carnival as well as deliver an event of immense value both culturally and economically.

To get your party on, click here: Notting Hill Carnival.

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