Notting Hill Carnival 24/25 August 2008
As Europe's largest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of culture and diversity in London. This year's celebration features 64 Mas bands and 38 Soundsystems as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors that all add to the vibrancy and atmosphere of this unique event. See the links below for information on the Mas bands and soundsystems at Notting Hill Carnival 2008.
The Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place in London, on the last weekend in August, every year since 1965. This great festival began initially from the energies of Black immigrants from the Caribbean, particularly from Trinidad, where the Carnival tradition is very strong, and from people living locally who dreamed of creating a festival to bring together the people of Notting Hill, most of whom were facing racism, lack of working opportunities, and poor housing conditions resulting in a general suppression of good self-esteem.