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MPs to hear from Notting Hill Carnival on the importance of festivals to local communities

28 January 2021

The DCMS Committee continues its future of UK music festivals inquiry with a session to examine the contribution that festivals make to local economies and communities, hearing from historic West London street event Notting Hill Carnival.

Purpose of the session

MPs will hear the impact of cancellations on local residents, volunteers and audiences. The session will also consider the impact to festival supply chains and those who work at festivals, such as artists, technicians and security guards, hearing the experience of Tre Stead, award-winning tour manager for Frank Turner. Another focus is expected to be the impact of the UK-EU trade deal on touring arrangements.

The final panel will cover how communities, local authorities and public spaces could be affected after the loss of income from events in public parks.


Tuesday 2 February

From 10am

Panel 1

  • Matthew Phillip, Chief Executive, Notting Hill Carnival Ltd
  • Rowan Cannon, Director, Wild Rumpus

Panel 2, at approx. 10.45am

  • Duncan Bell, Political group leader, #WeMakeEvents
  • Tre Stead, Tour Manager

Panel 3, at approx. 11.30am

  • Dr Andrew Smith, Reader, Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster

Further information

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