Preparations are underway as young locals of Tottenham get set for this year’s carnival on June 23rd. The community prepare for the festival’s 15th anniversary in the summer.
The major attraction of the day is the many young people who perform within the Youth Zone. Hundreds audition for the chance to showcase their musical talents on the main stage, whether it’s singing or dancing.
Most applicants come from surrounding schools, encouraging many local children and young adults to engage in the carnival.
Nicky Price, chairman of Tottenham Carnival, said, “When I speak to young kids from Tottenham, they tell me they are very proud to come from the area. There’s never been any violence at any of the carnivals and I believe this is because many of them get involved as much as possible with the event. They feel elated and blessed about the whole day.”
As well as performances from young people, in the past the event has seen special guest appearances from well known musicians such as Lamar, Lil Simz and Tottenham’s very own, Skepta. Though organisers do deter away from promoting and using famous musicians or any celebrities, as they try to maintain a community orientated event.
Price continued, “In the past, a few famous faces have performed and taken part within the carnival. However our aim is to put on an exclusive community event for the people of Tottenham and surrounding areas, unlike the Notting Hill Carnival, we don’t want it to become too commercial.”
Other musical treats include music from all around the world, highlighting Tottenham’s diverse community. Music from countries within the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe are played throughout the entire day.
Samantha Morrison, 29, Tottenham, has been going to the Tottenham Carnival for the past five years since moving to London from South Africa. She said, “I first went to the Notting Hill Carnival when I first arrived in London, but one of my old flatmates introduced me to Tottenham’s Carnival and I’ve been going ever since. There’s still that vibrant atmosphere that you feel at Notting Hill, but Tottenham [Carnival] is smaller and is more focused on the community and I think that’s why it’s better.”
Free entry plus food; a children’s area filled with many cool things to do, something for the adults and the elderly, Tottenham Carnival is a family treat for anyone to join.