LMHR celebrate Notting Hill Carnival with emotional tribute to Grenfell tragedy

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Love Music Hate Racism celebrated this year’s Notting Hill Carnival in style by putting on its first ever float in partnership with Smokey Joe Roadshow and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMT).

Up to a hundred people join the float procession throughout the day (Sunday 27th August) enjoying carnival classics from soca legend DJ Smokey Joe, DJ Franco and others.

The carnival has been taking place in Notting Hill since 1966 and is attended by over two million people over the bank holiday weekend. It remains an important display of multiculturalism and unity at a time when tackling racism and scapegoating remain a central challenge for our society.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

This year’s carnival had increased significance following the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower in June. The tower block is situated just metres away from the carnival route. The Love Music Hate Racism procession marked an emotional minute’s silence to remember the dead by raising our fists in the air in solidarity with Grenfell residents.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Notting Hill carnival was yet a again a tremendous success in what was a very challenging year for the bands, sound systems and organisers who work tirelessly to make the annual event happen.

Love Music Hate Racism’s positive message of unity and anti-racism was well received by carnival goers. It continues the tradition of the late Trinidadian Claudia Jones who organised London’s first Caribbean carnival in 1959 to bring communities together in response to widespread racism, racist attacks and the Notting Hill riots.

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Photo: Geoff Dexter

LMHR: Commemorating the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on 12-13 August

Commemorating the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on Saturday 12 August – LMHR will be putting on a gig at the New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Rd SE14 6AS as part of a range of events marking the 40th year anniversary of the “Battle of Lewisham”.  Artists performing at the gig include Logic, Lloyd Luther, One Jah, Batwings and more tbc. Event page here. The gig will follow a commemorative march in Lewisham organised by Unite Against Fascism and Lewisham TUC. Event page here Flyer here

Remembering the “Battle of Lewisham” Community Festival Sunday 13 August – LMHR is working alongside Goldsmiths, Lewisham Council and the Albany Theatre to  run a community festival commemorating the “Battle of Lewisham”. The free event will include live music, screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, stalls, food and an evening gig (see below). The event will begin with the unveiling of a plaque 12.15pm Clifton Rise, London SE14 6JW see here for details. Followed by the community festival 1pm at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE14 6JW. Flyer here

 

The “Battle of Lewisham” refers to 13th August 1977 when the nazi national front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre and were stopped by the local community, socialists and others (including the late civil rights activist Darcus Howe). It was the first time a national NF march was stopped from reaching its destination. The event hastened the demise of the NF so is significant in the history of Lewisham and race relations in Britain. 

 

Sunday 27 August: LMHR float at Notting Hill Carnival 

Love Music Hate Racism in partnership with Smokey Joe Roadshow will be having a float at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival on 27th-28th August. The float is being sponsored by the Rail and Maritime Transport (RMT) and a number of local trade union branches.
 
The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in the world and is an important celebration of diversity and anti racism. The first carnival was held in St Pancras Town Hall in 1959 in response to widespread racist attacks and the Notting Hill riots. Trinidadian Claudia Jones known by many as “the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival” organised the event to bring communities together.
 
The carnival has been taking place in Notting Hill since 1966. It remains an important display of multiculturalism and unity at a time when tackling racism and scapegoating remain a key challenge for society. The shared music, dance and celebration of carnival is a reminder that there is more that unites us than divides us.
 
The carnival is attended by over two million people over the bank holiday weekend and is a great audience for love music hate racism’s positive message of unity. Come and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere on the day and help promote LMHR by joining our float procession. This year’s carnival will pay a respectful tribute to the tragic loss of life at Grenfell tower last month.
If you are interested in joining LMHR’s t-shirt procession on Sunday 27th August or being part of SJR full costume masqueraders on Monday 28th August then message us or email [email protected]om for details on how you can register.