An on-going project documenting Notting Hill Carnival, the largest street festival in Europe. Created as a response to the 1958 race riots, carnival’s first beginnings was an event at St. Pancras Town Hall. Today carnival is a two-day celebration drawing in 1 million visitors from across Europe and led by Britain’s West Indies communities, who have been gathering on the streets since 1966.
Despite Notting Hill's rich history, under the British Commonwealth skilled workers from the Caribbean were invited over by appointment of the Queen to help rebuild Britain after World War II. Many Caribbean people ended up settling in both Brixton and Notting Hill making London their home, in spite of facing extreme discrimination. In recent years Notting Hill Carnival faces increasing opposition, even though it is an international event, brining in revenue to local communities and having a significantly lower crime rate than iconic Glastonbury festival, members of parliament, residents and the media have called for carnival to be cancelled, ticketed or moved. Some argue that these are the effects of gentrification, code name ethnic cleansing.