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The yearly three days during Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest street event in Europe, attracting more than 2 million visitors. This article explains what the event is and how the European Tourism Futures Institute is involved with the organization of the carnival.

The yearly three days during Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest street event in Europe, attracting more than 2 million visitors. This article explains what the event is and how the European Tourism Futures Institute is involved with the organization of the carnival.

What is the Notting Hill Carnival?
The carnival originated from the Caribean carnavals in the first mid of the 19th century when the abolishing of the slavery was celebrated. The Notting Hill Carnival as it is now exists from 1964 on en is related to the Caribean culture. Masquerade bands and costumed parades play an important role. The steel-bands make sure the remembrance of the Caribean origin is cheerful. The masks and the costumes arised from a parody on the European costumes of the former slave traders. Supported by the professionalization and a better organization, the carnival made a big step forward in the 70's and beame an official cultural and educative product. By adding Brazilian styled bands in the 80's and 90's, the carnival grew in visitor number and it became a booming event involving important sponsors and an increasing amount of government allowances. Gradually the carnival got to deal with the worse side effects of its success. Although the disturbances and fights in the 70's are passed, the lack of entrepreneurship and organizational skills, the public safety in the small streets of London and the declining financing of the carnival become important points of attention. Since the year 2000, concerns about the future of the Notting Hill Carnival become bigger and the carnaval gets more and more negative publicity in the media and in academic literature.

The involvement of the European Tourism Futures Institute
The European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI) isasked to assist by creating a future vision of the Notting Hill Carnival. By invitation of Nicole Ferdinand, Albert Postma has given a lecture at the symposium 'Entrepreneurial Legacies of the Notting Hill Carnival', that was held on October 25 2012 at the University of London. In his lecture he introduced scenario planning and explained how this method could be used for creating a vision for the carnival. Other speakers were dr. Suzan Burke (University of West Indies), Robin Croft and dr. Nigel Williams (University of Bedfordshire). In the second part of the symposium, Postma discussed the theme 'putting networks to work' in a panel together with four other experts.

Later this year, the ETFI lead by Postma will organize a couple of workshops with 'carnivalists', representatives of the public sector and goverment, after which he will paint several scenarios including action steps.

These photos of the BBC give an impression of the carnival.

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