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Carnival 1973 Remembered

Over 700 special guests, local residents and visitors attended the ‘Carnival 1973 Remembered’ event on Portobello Green on Wednesday 21st August 2013 and were treated to special musical performances from local artists. 

The event, organised by Leslie Palmer in partnership with the Trust celebrated the early pioneers in North Kensington who with the active assistance from Anthony Perry the first Director of Westway Development Trust, helped to establish the Notting Hill Carnival as we know it today.

Anthony, being a local resident himself knew that the West Indian Community had been struggling to maintain a tradition of an August Bank Holiday celebration in the streets with its origins in the playgrounds of North Kensington started by Rhaune Laslett in 1965/6.  In 1971 Anthony made available Portobello Green as the central assembly point to the then organisers and also donated the initial funds for the hire of a truck to transport the musicians through the streets. 

Without this intervention the Notting Hill Carnival from its humble beginnings and now the biggest carnival in Europe, attended annually by over 1 million revellers from across the world would most probably have died a natural death.  The accompanying photographic exhibition of images by Chris Bell (MA, RCA) – transports us back in time to those early days.



Chris Bell Photo Gallery, Studio 8 Dickson House, 3 Grove Road, Richmond, London TW10 6SP. 020 8940 0256/07850 652 911.


Chickenshed KC

Spring 2011 was the start of a series community and performing arts workshops for children aged 7 - 16 years as well as promotional and fundrasing events at different locations in the borough in the lead up to the September 2011 launch of Chickenshed KC.  Based at Chelsea Academy Chickenshed KC continues to offer an inclusive theatre project with something for everyone living in Kensington & Chelsea.

Everyday Magic

The Company of  Tellers and Players continue to deliver the Everyday Magic project to seven schools in the borough.  projects have included; 'Days in the Lives of Victorian Children', 'Castles in Fact and Fantasy' and 'Singing a Story'. 

For further details on the Chickenshed KC workshops, events and the Everyday Magic project please call Lynda Rosenior on: 020 8962 5720 ext 2143 or 07818 513 996.

Portobello Pop Up Cinema

Portobello Pop Up Cinema is a newly established, non profit Microplex (as opposed to Multiplex) cinema and arts venue situated under the Westway flyover where it crosses the Portobello Road / Acklam Road junction – an area steeped in a long and iconic history of creative subculture.

Admission to the cinema is on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis, with a suggested donation of £4.  The Portobello PopUp team welcomes ideas for screenings from artists, filmmakers, N.G.O’s and voluntary groups.

Email them at: jstatic@portobellopopup.com

See www.portobellopopup.com for the full programme

Portobello Pop Up, 3 Acklam Road, London W10 5TY.

Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove    

The project is supported by: The Esmee Fairbain Foundation, The Craignish Trust, The Brian Guinness Family Trust, James Static / Static Pictures, Hattie Edmonds, and Westway Development Trust.