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Who Started It?

Wyn Baptiste grew up in Notting Hill believing his dad Selwyn, a Trinidadian steel pan player who arrived in Britain in 1960 and was the first Chair of Notting Hill Carnival Committee, was the man who started Carnival. But the truth isn't quite that simple.

Wyn discovers that the origins of Carnival are as tangled as the history of London itself as he meets key players who were actually there with his dad, and goes on a journey that takes in mass immigration, the 1958 race riots, pioneering social workers, Trinidadian steel pan players – and adventure playgrounds.

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23 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
DirectorWyn Baptiste
PresenterWyn Baptiste
DirectorDom Asbridge
ProducerShanthy Sooriasegaram

Carnival rhythm