Vibrant parades, feathered dancers, infectious live music, and the aroma of delectable Afro-Caribbean cuisine — these are the things many people look forward to when they descend on the streets of west London during the UK’s August holiday weekend.

But, for the first time in its 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival will be an entirely virtual affair after falling victim to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The annual street party, which was originally scheduled for August 30 and 31 and normally draws more than a million people to the city’s Notting Hill, Westbourne Park, and Kensington districts, was canceled in May in response to restrictions on mass events.

Instead, one of Britain’s biggest cultural events will be live streamed online so disappointed revelers can still celebrate the carnival culture and arts at home. 

Announcing “Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas,” organizers have promised a three-day celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture like no other.We provide the entertainment and people can get in the carnival spirit from the comfort of their own homes,” Notting Hill Carnival executive director Matthew Philip told CNN.

The virtual incarnation of the event “founded to bring people together during trying times” kicks off on Saturday.

Source : CNN


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