|Vincent John||Angela Duncan-Thompson||Daron Gonzales|
|Mike Forbes||Barbara Nyrako||Catherine Rock|
|Onike Joseph||Adunni Adams||Tylon Mckenzie|
CAMF STATEMENT ON “ SAFER AND SMALLER” ARTICLE
The London Notting Hill Carnival (LNHC) is Europe’s largest street parade and celebration of the Carnival Arts, however over many years it has also become a popular political and cultural football, providing mainstream media with the opportunity to either intentionally or inadvertently misrepresent facts to the public, authorities and organisations in order to garner support for virtually any agenda.
LNHC is growing both in popularity and participation but instead of acknowledging this growth as the success that it is, the mainstream media indulges in the ongoing sport of ‘Carnival Bashing’. The mainstream media ignores the decrease in crime and disorder by a third (2016-2017, Metropolitan Police UK), the increase of artistic and cultural participation by more than 20% and the positive international reputation as the ‘safest large scale Caribbean style Carnival in the world’.
The attached Evening Standard article refers to critical reports in an abstract way without contextualising that these are the outcomes of annual scrutiny, designed specifically to bring about year-on-year improvement. CAMF (Carnival Arts & Masquerade Foundation ) alongside LNHCET (London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust) and external stakeholders utilise these reports to address each issue with safety and security being our top priority . During this process CAMF will not be misrepresented by any organisations that are not in possession of the facts.
RBKC Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea) were very much aware of the enforced contracting of LSE (London Street Events) as part of the registration process for 2017 and LSE’s involvement was as a result of the MOPAC (Mayors Office for Policing & Crime) review in conjunction with other scrutiny documents. Within The Evening Standard article, RBKC fail to discuss LSE's inexperience in delivering and managing large-scale events, which caused a number of issues, negatively impacting the Carnival. LSE had poor record keeping, refused to engage with the LNHCET Board and failed to meet their objectives. During a pre-Carnival meeting with concerned CAMF members, LSE assured us that their uncooperative and aggressive communications would cease. They did not. In addition to their own technical problems, LSE caused significant difficulties with the driver registration process. Quite simply, they failed to deliver and during Carnival abandoned their role with no explanation and subsequently no compensation for the participants negatively affected by their negligence.
Public and participant safety is of critical importance to CAMF who operate in compliance with Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), operational route management teams and McKenzie Arnold Security (Stewarding Company). CAMF regard public safety as the remit of ALL Carnival entities, therefore the statement from MPS Commander Musker “Public safety is the responsibility of the organisers not the police” is both disconcerting and an astonishing abdication of responsibility, which ignores the fact that the ever shrinking foot space for spectators, due to Police enforced road closures, is one of the key causes of crowd management dysfunction and problems, an issue for which the MPS has also sought to absolve their responsibility.
Ticketing LNHC will not decrease numbers nor increase space to accommodate the spectators and this is not a practice that is in the spirit of LNHC origins. The suggestion that LNHC should be run similarly to Pride is an insulting attempt to ignore the specific history and expression of work undertaken by United Carnivalists and the community.
The ongoing campaign to remove LNHC from the care of Carnivalists has been deliberate and successful over the course of the last 2 years in particular. This campaign has given rise to organisations attempting to liquidate LNHC and disband LNHCET (a strategy which has been successful with other Carnival organisers in the past). It represents a greed driven desire for profit. CAMF regard this as an unmitigated attack on our artistic culture from both misguided internal Carnivalists and from individuals who do not value or understand the social, cultural and historical contributions of LNHC or Carnival generally.
In reply to the article (see: https://www.standard.co.uk/…/notting-hill-carnival-must-bec…)
Trustees of CAMF 20/12/17
|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|
|Smokey Joe Roadshow|
|Soca Massive & Zoomer D Fancy Sailor|
|Sunshine International Arts|
|The Bride Outreach|
|Trini Posse UK|
|TT Mudders Mas Band|
|Tropical Mas formerly Dskii Carnival Club|
|United Colours of Mas|
|Urban Touch Carnival Group|
|Utopia Mas Band|
|Voice of Mauritius|
|Xtreme St Lucia UK|
|Yaa Asantewaa Carnival Band|
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