The Notting Hill Carnival. A woman wearing a costume of blue and silver sequins dances towards the camera.
Photographed by Hugh Robertson, Aug 1994
Location: Notting Hill W11
Image no: 311-3-10
Inventory no: 2005/3964
20th Century London caption: A smiling dancer at the Notting Hill Carnival procession wears a sequinned and feathered costume. She is part of one of the floats at the street party. When the West Indians came over to London in the 1950s, they brought their musical traditions with them. In 1959, Claudia Jones started the first carnival in St Pancras Town Hall. She was an outstanding civil rights activist and editor of the West Indian Gazette. The carnival was a response to fierce race riots that had erupted in Notting Hill the previous year. Jones's motto for the Carnival was 'A people's art is the genesis of their freedom.'