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How Carnival’s glue gun revolutionaries brought joy to Britain

The history of Carnival in Britain is this year’s theme for the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival. Carnival was a direct and deliberate response by West Indian activists in Britain to the Notting Hill riots in 1958 when Teddy Boys rampaged the streets with the intent of beating up any West Indian in sight. Armed with tinsel and glue guns, the activists introduced Carnival to take away the nasty taste of the violence of  Notting Hill and to celebrate the joys of life. With screenings supported by the British Film Institute, the festival will explore the legacies of Carnival.

Photo courtesy of Max Farrar.