CAMF was founded in October 2011 as the new face of two previous membership bodies, in order to provide better support both to our members, and to the development of the wider Carnival sector. ‘We want to create a strong platform for Carnival and Carnival Arts particularly Mas that is strong enough to ensure the survival and continued prosperity into the future ‘Carnival Arts for the 21st century’’. CAMF’s vision is simple: • We want to create a strong platform for Carnival and Carnival Arts particularly Mas that will ensure Carnival’s survival and continued prosperity into the future. • We want to continue to promote the understanding of the history and heritage of Carnival, particularly in Notting Hill, and its contribution to London’s cultural landscape. In response to these concerns and in support of our vision, CAMF produces programmes in three key areas: • Providing logistical and development support to Notting Hill’s mas bands • Designing and delivering heritage programmes to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival and to ensure future generations understand its history and significance. • Advocating on behalf of our members and the carnival sector, to support the continued strength and development of the carnival artform.

The Board

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Carnival as we know it today began in the late 18th century. When the French arrived in Trinidad they introduced the European festivities of Carnivale, or "farewell to the flesh," to mark the beginning of Lent. As their masters celebrated pre-Lent festivities, the West African slaves shipped to the Caribbean were allowed to carry out their own traditions of storytelling, drumming and dance. Similarly, as in Trinidad, carnival festivities in Brazil date back to the 18th century. Portuguese settlers in Brazil allowed the African community to join in the celebrations; this participation grew after the abolition of slavery. After the abolition of slavery in the early 19th century, Carnival celebrations in Latin American and the Caribbean developed to mark the new found freedom, This was the birth of the African-Caribbean carnival arts that we know today, which continued to grow during the 20th century. Brazil date back to the 18th century. Portuguese settlers in Brazil allowed the African community to join in the population. Caribana in Toronto, Labour Day in New York, Notting Hill Carnival in London and carnivals in Leicester, Nottingham, Reading and Manchester were all inspired by the Trinidad Carnival. Carnival & Black Culture Carnivals, particularly Notting Hill carnival, are one of only a few events that showcase African and Caribbean culture to wide audiences and provide a forum for those from BME backgrounds to explore their creativity. Carnivals also provide an important link to the history of black communities in the UK and represent a hugely. Carnival & Community Engagement Community participation is a hugely significant part of Carnival arts - from its conception to the final performance. Many carnival bands involve the community in the artistic development of events, such as making costumes. Indeed, none of the UK's carnivals could take place without the committed support of numerous volunteers.


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Abir Colours Of Life
Bajan Revellers UK
Beerahaar Sweet Combination
Bigga Fish Ltd
Burrokeets UK Carnival Band
Calabash Carnival Club
Candy Mas UK
Caribbean Sessions Mas
Chocolate Nation Mas
Cocoyea Carnival Club
CSI Steelband Trust
D Riddim Tribe
De Core Ltd
Dimensions Entertainment
Dragons Cultural Arts
DUKA Mas Dominic UK Carnival Band
Dynamic Mas formerly Feelin Fah Fete
Elimu Paddington Arts
Euphoria Carnival Limited
Fete Domnik UK formerly Westside 24K
Flagz Mas Band
Flamboyan International Carnival Arts
Flamingo Carnival Arts Ltd
Funatik Mas Band
Fusion Community Carnival Arts
Glorious Backstage Arts
Heritage Social Arts & Dance Group
Hype Masqueraders
Iconic Mas
Image Mas Band
Inspiration Arts & Trinbago Carnival Club
Island Mas
Island Vibez
Jamaican Twist Carnival Group
Jamboulay Carnival Arts Promotion
K & C Schools Carnival Band
Kuumba Carnival Club
La Trinity Carnival Club
London School of Samba
Mahogany Carnival Club
Majestic Grenada Shortknee UK
Majestic Mas Movement
MaKING Carnival formerly Isis Mas Band
Masquerade 2000 Carnival Band
Mas Africa formerly GoldStars Vision
New Age African Art & Design Parade
People's World Carnival Band
Pure Lime UK Ltd
Revelations formerly StarDust UK
Saga Boys Carnival Club
Smokey Joe Roadshow
Soca Massive & Zoomer D Fancy Sailor
South Connections
Sunshine International Arts
The Bride Outreach
Trini Posse UK
TT Mudders Mas Band
Tropical Isles
Tropical Mas formerly Dskii Carnival Club
United Colours of Mas
Urban Touch Carnival Group
Utopia Mas Band
Vision Mas
Vincy Alliance
Voice of Mauritius
Xtreme St Lucia UK
Yaa Asantewaa Carnival Band


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