The annual Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festival enter its 7th year and will be held on Sunday 11 August 2019 from 12 pm – 8pm at Horniman’s Park, Kensal Road. W10.   

The annual free family festival has become the precursor to Notting Hill Carnival and continues in the tradition of paying tribute to the Pioneers of the London Notting Hill Carnival and their descendants.  This year NHCP pay tribute to the Windrush Generation for their sterling qualities of perseverance and determination that helped to rebuild Britain and gave to the Mother country one of the biggest and most spectacular cultural event in Europe, Notting Hill Carnival.

Dennis Bovell, Lovers Rock creator. Photo courtesy Carnival Pioneers

This year, tributes will be paid to one of London’s top Steelbands, Ebony, celebrating a golden 50 years as one of the leading Steelbands in the country.  Gaz Mayall’s Rockin’ Blues and guest Winston Francis will join the list of artists including; Heather Haywood and Steve Mackintosh of the Cool Notes, Dawn Penn (No, No, No), Dennis Bovell (Lovers Rock creator and best known as the producer of Linton Kwesi Johnson). Calypso supremo Tobago Crusoe (featuring his new Windrush song ‘Get Out’) and ‘D’ Alberto (with his catchy ‘Harry for King’) are just a few of the artistes providing musical entertainment on the day.  The musical entourage will be as eclectic as the Notting Hill community itself, showcasing local and international talent live on stage.

The significance of Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Festival has become an integral part of the Ladbroke community which was founded by Leslie ‘Teacher’ Palmer MBE in 2013, forty years after he created the footprint for Notting Hill Carnival.  Establishing the Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers reinforces the fabric and commitment of Ladbroke Grove community as the birthplace of Notting Hill Carnival and continues to be the most spectacular Caribbean style carnival outside of Trinidad.

Dawn Penn. Photo courtesy Carnival Pioneers

Leslie ‘Teacher’ Palmer MBE vision has established and laid the foundations for a unique festival that ensures that those who assisted in creating and nurturing Notting Hill Carnival will always be remembered.

Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers is supported by the Arts Council of England, Carnival Village, West Way Trust.

This is a Free Family event will be held on Sunday 11th August 2019 at 1pm.

The nearest tube stations are Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. Buses: 52, 228, 23, 7, 70, 295 and 452.