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LONDON 24-26 Aug 2012 Notting Hill Carnival expected in 2012, but faces uncertainty

Cash spilling from the Olympics is expected to save London’s Notting Hill Carnival in 2012, but a shortfall of fund

August 24, 2012 - NULL

LONDON 24-26 Aug 2012 Notting Hill Carnival expected in 2012, but faces uncertainty

Cash spilling from the Olympics is expected to save London's Notting Hill Carnival in 2012, but a shortfall of funding and volunteers dims the chances that the event billed as Europe's biggest street fair will reach its 50th birthday -- or even run in 2013. The co-directors of the celebration of Caribbean culture each August three-day weekend resigned in September, complaining of a lack of support. A Rio-style parade of colorful costumes and floats, the Notting Hill Carnival draws some 1 million visitors.

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LONDON 24-26 Aug 2012 Notting Hill Carnival expected in 2012, but faces uncertainty

Cash spilling from the Olympics is expected to save London's Notting Hill Carnival in 2012, but a shortfall of funding and volunteers dims the chances that the event billed as Europe's biggest street fair will reach its 50th birthday -- or even run in 2013. The co-directors of the celebration of Caribbean culture each August three-day weekend resigned in September, complaining of a lack of support. A Rio-style parade of colorful costumes and floats, the Notting Hill Carnival draws some 1 million visitors.

The first wave of post-WWII immigration to Britain was from the Caribbean, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The Notting Hill Carnival, begun in 1966, remains the chief celebration of West Indian life in London.

The Carnival has no primary private sponsor and is largely organized by unpaid volunteers. According to the BBC, a chronic lack of funding, disagreements about the level of policing and internal disputes have put the event in jeopardy. Co-directors Chris Boothman and Ancil Barclay quit, saying the event has become impossible to manage. Barclay told the BBC that he is confident the 2012 carnival will go ahead - against the backdrop of the Olympics, it would be too embarrassing to see it fail - but he fears for the future. Their letter announcing the resignation described the event as dysfunctional to the core.

The BBC noted that the success of the 2011 carnival was seen as key to London's image after the ravages of the riots earlier in the summer. (WRITTEN Oct 2011)

RELATED READING:

Notting Hill Carnival 'at risk', former director says (BBC 6 Oct 2011)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15197155

Is it all over for Notting Hill Carnival? (Guardian 30 Sep 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/sep/30/notting-hill-carnival-future-doubt?newsfeed=true

West Indian immigration (Encyclopedia Britannica)http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/346821/London/13495/Immigrants-from-the-Commonwealth

Date written/update: 2012-08-24