Notting Hill Carnival proves that when we come together we are stronger

Notting Hill Carnival serves as a beacon of hope for London’s residents

Denzil Bell

6 months ago

By Denzil Bell

With Notting Hill Carnival 2019 taking place this bank holiday weekend, I reminisce over how brilliant last year’s festivities were. The energy at the event was absolutely scintillating and it was comprised of people of various races, religions and creeds, who made the pilgrimage to come together and celebrate.

But for all the highs that were experienced, the last couple of years hasn’t been easy on its survival. In the run up to 2017’s Carnival, it suffered a lot of threats: the tragedy of the Grenfell fire almost caused the route to be moved; it also endured bashing from the press because of its association with high violence and it was even in danger of complete closure.

Yet, it was able to persevere and the show went on. However, the road to last year’s Carnival was also marred with moral panic, due to the wave of violent crimes that London endured during 2018. But what the powers that be forget, is that the original Carnival was born out of pain and tension. Claudia Jones created what eventually became Notting Hill Carnival in 1959 after the violence she witnessed during the 1958 Notting Hill Race Riots. So since its inception it has served as a beacon of hope amongst the turmoil.

It has always been a break of light that brings people together and shows that we can still enjoy life in the face of hardship. To this day, Carnival is a reminder that different cultures and races of disparate backgrounds can still work hand in hand to have a good time.

This year I can tell you that I’m looking forward to witnessing festival goers from different societal classes and of various colours, being able to galvanise in honour of Caribbean culture, especially after a year filled with uncertainty and division over a looming no-deal Brexit.

So as Europe’s biggest street party hits West London for August bank holiday weekend tomorrow – make sure you connect with peeps that you love and have an absolute blast – and if you want to link up with RWD Mag, you can catch us at Red Bull’s Sound System!

Words by Denzil Bell @akadiddz