Doors: 6.30pm – 7.30p

@ West London

Tickets: free, sign up online


A trio of carnival workshops in collaboration with Notting Hill legends Mangrove.

The tutorials at Mangrove’s West London HQ will pre-empt Red Bull Music Academy’s return to carnival after a two-year hiatus, with an open-to-all Sound System party and a bespoke carnival float (again, produced alongside Mangrove) for the official parades. 🎉🔊

Mangrove are one of the world’s most prominent and well-respected steel bands. Participants in Notting Hill Carnival for over 30 years, their professional carnival team includes a crew of drummers, choreographers, dancers and seamstresses. It’s these carnival experts who’ll be on hand to introduce workshop-goers to the skills that go into their masterly carnival creations.

This carnival experience will be split into three individual classes.

  • First up, attendees will watch the 60-man Mangrove band rehearse for their anticipated Steel Band performance before getting the chance to jump onto the drums themselves.
  • The second workshop will be an opportunity to gain an insight into the skills needed to produce a Mangrove-made carnival costume. The tutorial will be a step-by-step journey as to how they produce their trademark sequin and feather apparel.
  • Finally, Mangrove’s chief choreographers Sunshine and Nadiva will guide wannabe carnival dancers through a traditional carnival routine.