In an effort to create Notting Hill’s colourful carnival feel, organisers have booked stilt walkers, acrobats, puppeteers and circus performers, who will liven up the parades and add colour, noise and drama.
Battle council member Donna Le Marrec said: ‘We have used our increased grant wisely to make a huge impact on the parade’s carnival atmosphere this year.
The acts are internationally renowned and will complement the excellent floats, bands and other entertainment which is planned.’ Mimbre, a female acrobatic trio inspired by circus, physical theatre, capoeira and break-dance, will be working with 20 students from Beaulieu Convent School to create an innovative and dynamic show for the parade.
They will be joined by Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International – a team of 22 performers who have travelled to city festivals in Singapore, Washington, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Junkers are three UK artists who have been enlisted by the organisers to create an exciting performance with more than 100 Island youngsters, who will participate in both the day and moonlight parades.
Their show is likely to include ‘alternative’ junk percussion, dance, sculptural costumes, props and more.
Some of the Battle’s favourite musicians will also be returning this year, with the largest number of visiting and local bands to visit the parades in recent years.