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OCTOBER | COVER FEATURE A CARNIVAL CLASSIC Keeping Notting Hill Carnival’s core values is more important than ever Words: Tom Hall  Photo: Orville Farrell otting Hill Carnival is still first and foremost a community-led event, rooted in Caribbean culture. Run by a handful of dedicated (mostly voluntary) organisers, and with no headliners, the event’s vibrant tradition is proving as popular as ever, attracting more than one million people on 25-26 August, making it second only to Brazil’s Rio Carnival in size. Whilst Carnival’s Windrush-generation influence remains strongly evident, it has also embraced modern technology and new genres down the ages. The event is also the only full-scale carnival in the world to feature multiple static sound systems – a feature introduced in 1973 by the then NHC organiser Leslie Palmer MBE. The first stages were organised by Wilf Walker in 1979, chiefly featuring reggae and punk bands. Early live stages featured performances from emerging talents Aswad and Eddie Grant, but the event has also featured electric appearances from the likes of Jay-Z, Stormzy, Craig David and Wiley. The festival is also a boon for the local economy, generating an estimated £93m. Access examines the people and suppliers behind this world-class event. THE TEAM BEHIND CARNIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MATTHEW PHILLIP DIRECTOR SUPPLIERS LIST: TARA HOBSON STEWARDING: PA TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MCKENZIE ARNOLD KIANA WILLIAMS STAGING AND HIRE: MIA MAUGE STEELDECK LONDON HEAD OF PR & COMMS STEWARDING OPERATIONS MANAGER TRISTAN HASLOCK ALUMINIUM DECKING: OFFICE MANAGER ALI-DECK AMENA ENABA PRODUCTION: ADMINISTRATOR SMYLE NAOMI FITZSIMMONS 33