The crowds at Good Times sound system by Giles MoberlyMuseum of Youth Culture. Just before her death, Claudia travelled to both China and the USSR to meet with various Soviet and Chinese women’s groups. Produced by Estelle Birch & Josh Farmer. Blues, greens, yellows, and pinks can be seen for blocks as dancers make their way through the parade. Claudia herself suffered from ill health – tuberculosis and heart disease - throughout her life, no doubt as a result of the poor conditions she grew up in. Elaine Graham-Leigh shows how Marx's analysis of capitalism explains the climate breakdown and how we fight for system change to protect people and the planet. Born in Trinidad, Claudia moved to the US aged eight in 1923 – more specifically to Harlem, then an epicentre for black American culture and by extension, for resistance to the vicious racism of the US state and society. This makes the festival the largest street festival in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Mas Bands are still at the heart of the Carnival parade today and these costumes go back to the emancipation of slavery in the 1800s, when enslaved Africans would mimic the entire system of masquerade and the elaborate gowns worn by their masers. In 1958, Claudia founded the UK’s first black newspaper, the West Indian Gazette, which she edited above a barber’s in Brixton, South London (home to a large proportion of the Caribbean diaspora in the UK). She is buried in Highgate Cemetery, in the plot to the left of Karl Marx. She is certainly the Mother of Caribbean Carnival in Britain.

For the first time in its history, Europe's largest street party, the Notting Hill Carnival, takes place virtually this weekend in order to protect lives. js = d.createElement(s); = id; 50 years on from the first Notting Hill Carnival, the August Bank Holiday event now sees up to 2 million attendees gather on the streets of London every year – the equivalent of 11 Glastonbury Festivals! The first ever Notting Hill Carnival was arranged as a showcase to popular steel band musicians who played in Earl’s Court every weekend. document.getElementById('cloak91353').innerHTML = ''; Black UK Twitter (or “innit Twitter” as the Americans like to call us) and West Indian Twitter, tried to explain why at this particular time, Adele was showing appreciation not appropriation. London would then be where Claudia remained for the rest of her life. Notting Hill Carnival is renowned for its Caribbean atmosphere, costumed performers, steel bands and delicious food, and has been held on the streets of London W11 for the past 50 years, however many people are unaware of how the festival started and what it stands for.

Claudia would later regard the death of her mother as the beginning of her radicalisation. Things intensified on 29 August 1958 after Majbritt Morrison, a young Swedish woman, was seen arguing outside Latimer Road Tube station with her Jamaican husband, Raymond. If you make a booking direct on our website, you will benefit from a range of exclusive benefits that aren’t available anywhere else. It was community activists Rhaune Laslett and Andre Shervington who organised a street festival in 1966 that marked the beginning of Notting Hill Carnival as we know it today. Decades on, Carnival is one of the most important dates in the calendar for many of London’s Caribbean communities, and is attended by many thousands of Londoners, regardless of race. Exploring the many stories & voices in the history of Notting Hill Carnival - of which there are too many for one hour - this show focuses on thoughts around Claudia Jones, Rhaune Laslett, Leslie Palmer - their work in Carnival and it’s resonances. It is an event that should definitely not be missed, and one of the staple events of London’s summer calendar. version : 'v6.0' Every year, on the late August bank holiday, Notting Hill Carnival takes over the streets of north-west London for this three day African-Caribbean event. In 1966 the first outdoor festival took place in the streets of Notting Hill. Featuring interviews & contributions from: Lloyd Bradley - writer and historian of Black British music - author of Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King & Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in The Capital, Carole Boyce Davies - Caribbean intellectual & activist, author of Left of Karl Marx & Beyond Containment - two studies of the life & work of Claudia Jones, Debi Gardner - Executive Officer of the British Association of Steelbands (BAS), a practising panist & member of Mangrove Steel Band (London) and Phase II Pan Groove (Trinidad) and organiser & board member of Notting Hill Carnival, Julian Henriques - Goldsmiths, University of London - author of Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing, Colin Prescod - Writer, film-maker, activist and organiser - Chair of the Institute of Race Relations & resident of Kensington for over 60 years, Rhea Storr - artist, film-maker - who focuses on Caribbean carnival in the Bahamas, Leeds & London. Much of what people know about the Caribbean is the beautiful landscape.

The very first London Caribbean Carnival was held indoors at St Pancras Town Hall in January 1959 in response to the racial attacks and increased tensions. Save your favourite hosts, episodes, and track your listening history with My NTS. Opinion by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo. Notting Hill Carnival has its origins in the carnival traditions of the Caribbean, brought over to London with the post-1948 migration of people from the Caribbean. As Angela Davis pointed out in Women, Race, and Class ‘‘Claudia Jones was very much a Communist— a dedicated Communist who believed that socialism held the only promise of liberation for Black women, for Black people as a whole and indeed for the multi-racial working class.’’.

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Exploring the many stories & voices in the history of Notting Hill Carnival - of which there are too many for one hour - this show focuses on … Playing Field Recordings, Steel Drum, Calypso, Dub, Interview. The late 1950s were a turbulent time in the UK. In collaboration with the London Free School, an adult education project she co-founded with photographer and political activist John “Hoppy” Hopkins, and various key members of the local community, she was instrumental in bringing about Notting Hill’s first multicultural street festival in 1966. As in the USA, Black people in Britain were confined to dramatically impoverished urban slums, with all the disadvantage that this brought. As a child growing up in the 70s it seemed like history was repeating itself. Spectators dance to steel bands and calypso music.