Notting Hill Carnival cancels 2021 festival but pledges alternatives
With the inevitable failure of the Boris roadmap to semi normality, there’s been a swathe of events cancelled, and the latest is the Notting Hill Carnival. Although this happens during the August bank holiday, and the latest iteration of the road map suggests unlocking by then, Notting Hill have done the sensible thing and assume it’s not gonna go to plan.
So, the 2021 event has been cancelled… in person. Their exact wording is ‘off the streets’, suggesting a digital event: “After lengthy consultations with our strategic partners, our Advisory Council and individual participating bands and sound systems, the board of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, the organising body of Notting Hill Carnival, has decided that this year’s Carnival will not be on the streets due to the ongoing uncertainty and risk COVID-19 poses.”
This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. Everyone involved in the event desperately wants a return to the road where Carnival belongs but safety has to come first and with the latest cautious announcement on the government’s ‘roadmap’, this is the only way to ensure that.”
“In making this decision, we have considered our responsibilities to deliver a safe, spectacular, successful and sustainable Carnival. The conclusion is that with so much uncertainty, with time short for Carnivalists to prepare and the risk of eventual cancellation a real possibility, we must refocus our efforts for 2021.”
Instead they are “working towards alternate events” “that will allow everyone to safely celebrate everything Notting Hill Carnival stands for”.
“Going forward, we will be working with Carnivalists toward the greatest ever Notting Hill Carnival for 2022…”
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