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Notting Hill carnival returns … in a park

Europe’s biggest street fiesta will be marked at Opera Holland Park to raise funds for organisers

Organisers of Notting Hill Carnival have announced a series of official events throughout August to help to bring a spectacular Carnival back to the streets of Notting Hill and west London in 2022 and beyond.

With the popular street party, the biggest in Europe, not taking place on the streets in 2021 for the second year since 2020 due to the pandemic, Notting Hill Carnival Ltd is putting on three unique live ticketed events at Opera Holland Park on 19, 20 and 21 August to raise funds for the Carnival Trust Fund.

The open-air Carnival Culture In The Park events will celebrate the culture and heritage of the Carnival, with the people and bands who create the sounds, sights and electric atmosphere of the borough’s iconic celebration showcasing the best in traditional and contemporary Caribbean music alongside traditional opera.

Cllr Emma Will, lead member for culture, said: “It’s fantastic that residents and visitors will be able to take part in Notting Hill Carnival this year at Carnival Culture In The Park. It’s important that we continue to celebrate the energy and the culture that Notting Hill Carnival brings to our borough but at the council, we do have to keep the safety of our community as our top priority.

“We’re working hard with the organisers and other partners to ensure that everyone can enjoy Carnival in their own way and that it is done safely. We still have a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading Covid and we encourage everyone to get their jabs, to be mindful of others when out and about and to get regular tests before heading out to any event.”

Kensington + Chelsea Festival, a series of family-friendly cultural events also runs from June to the August bank holiday weekend.

How to enjoy Carnival Culture In The Park Safely

  • Continue to stay alert and be mindful of others
  • Follow the rules of the venues and locations you’re visiting
  • Get tested for Covid-19 regularly and if you’re going out to socialise, take a test before you leave home
  • Continue to limit the number of people you socialise with
  • Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap and for at least 20 seconds, if unavailable use hand sanitiser
  • Wear a face covering on all public transport
  • If meeting up with friends do it outdoors or if indoors, open the windows to let in lots of fresh air
  • If you haven’t already, make an appointment to get your Covid-19 jab

Carnival Culture In The Park is being held in partnership with Kensington + Chelsea Festival and Carnival Village Trust. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now at https://operahollandpark.com/productions/carnival-culture-in-the-park/. For more information about the Kensington + Chelsea Festival, visit www.kcfestival.co.uk

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