Notting Hill Carnival is cancelled but culture celebration to go ahead

Notting Hill Carnival is cancelled but organisers still promise ‘celebration of Carnival culture and arts’ for August bank holiday weekend

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The Notting Hill Carnival has been scrapped for the first time in its 54-year history following the outbreak of coronavirus, organisers have today confirmed.

Planners of the famous event, held each August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London’s Notting Hill, say the decision the cancel the 2020 carnival is the ‘only safe option’ due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers say they ‘do not wish to put extra strain’ on St John’s Ambulance Service and the NHS.

They say they are instead working on plans for a ‘celebration of carnival culture and arts’ for August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Planners of the famous event, held each August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London’s Notting Hill, say the decision the cancel the 2020 carnival is the ‘only safe option’ due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Organisers of the Notting Hill festival have today issued a statement confirming that the 2020 festival will not take place on the streets of Notting Hill

In a statement, organisers said: ‘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 out strategic partners and our advisory council, the board has taken the decision that this year’s carnival will not take place place on the streets of Notting Hill as it has done for over 50 years. 

‘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 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 unfolded means this is the only safe option.

‘Everyone’s health has to come first.

Organisers say they are in the early stages of planning the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 in its temporary form, but hope host a celebration of carnival culture over the August Bank Holiday weekend

‘We also have no wish to place extra strain on our colleagues at St John’s Ambulance and the NHS.’

Organisers say the annual steelband competition, named Panorama, will also not take place this year.

They say they are in the early stages of planning the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 in its temporary form, but hope host a celebration of carnival culture over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

In their statement, they said: ‘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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