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Jubilee Saturday show will challenge media stereotypes of Carnival


The jubilee bank holiday weekend is hotting up, with Saturday 4 June being full of events competing for your attention. For example, after you’ve spent a few hours following the bands at Luton Carnival you can head over to west London to catch Elimu Mas Academy’s free show at The Tabernacle.

Billed as ‘A Platinum Jubilee Concert celebrating 70 years of memories, messages, milestones’ it aims to show that there’s more to Carnival than bacchanal and media obsessions with crime.


The accompanying press statement makes the point:

The national optics of Carnival is of a street party, of licentiousness with rising levels of criminality & social disorder. At the end of each Carnival, no one would know which performing group won the coveted title of Band of the Year or which Steel Orchestra won the Panorama competition or which musical composition was deemed The Road March or which artist won the Calypso, Groovy & Soca Monarch titles.

So, to put the other side of the story, Ansel Wong and his Elimu colleagues are putting on a concert featuring calypso, mas and dance (8-10pm on Saturday 4 June).

From Monday 30 May to Saturday 4 June an exhibition of photographs at the Tab will showcase 70 years of the Caribbean presence and 56 years of UK carnivals.

There’ll also be a Jubilee Afternoon Tea for the elders and drop-in workshops at which you can make Jubilee-themed ‘carnivalesque’ items.

To find out more, go to Elimu Jubilee Concert or call 07946 088553 or 07951 308379.


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