Notting Hill Carnival premieres at Heathrow
Tuesday 24, August 2010
The world premiere of this year's Notting Hill Carnival will take place at Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow is getting into the carnival spirit by providing arriving passengers and airport staff with an exclusive preview of the steel bands and performers who bring one of the world's most colourful carnivals to life, as they dance and sing their way through Terminal 5's international arrivals area. Passengers can also tour a pop-up exhibition by internationally celebrated carnival artist, Carl Gabriel, which will open from the 23rd August for a week.
Launched in 1964 the Notting Hill Carnival continues to lure partygoers from all over the world to enjoy the sounds of Caribbean music. Over one million people are expected to attend this year’s event in which more than 50,000 dancers and singers will perform.
Heathrow, which flies 68 million people to and from the world’s biggest cities every year, is expecting more than 840,000 passengers to travel through Heathrow over the August bank holiday weekend.
Malcolm Robertson of Heathrow said: “We want to provide our passengers with an immediate sense that they have landed in London, and bringing the Notting Hill Carnival to international arrivals is one way of doing just that. We hope our lively and colourful welcome will give passengers arriving at Heathrow a taste of London’s most vibrant celebration of diversity, colour and sound and encourage them to explore the many exciting cultural events the UK has to offer this autumn.”
Director of Notting Hill Carnival and Heathrow employee, Ancil Barclay said: “I am excited to bring the spirit of carnival to Heathrow today. Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most exciting events in London and I hope that people arriving will be among the attendees for this weekend’s festival.”
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