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The Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival

“…it brings together and celebrates the rich cultural diversity that makes up England today,” says Floella Benjamin about her icon – Notting Hill Carnival, the country’s biggest street party.

Floella is a dynamic part of the diverse culture she refers to. Born in Trinidad, she arrived in London with her family as a child in the early sixties. Her book about her experiences, ‘Coming to England’, was published in 1995 and the BBC children’s drama based on the book won a Royal Television Society Award in 2003.

Among other things, she’s shared Caribbean cooking with television viewers, promoted the Commonwealth around the world, hosted her own current affairs programme on Radio London’s ‘Black Londoners’, appeared in countless stage productions and TV series, and become a household name in multi-cultural England.

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The Notting Hill Carnival

Floella Benjamin OBE

Author, TV presenter, Actress, political campaigner

Floella Benjamin’s face is best known to a whole generation as the presenter of the BBC’s children’s programme ‘Play School’. In 1987, she set up her own television production company with partner Keith Taylor, specialising in the young audience she loves best. A tireless campaigner for the rights of children, she’s won numerous awards, including an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2002 and a Children’s BAFTA Special Award in 2004.