Summer carnival: Rotterdam meets London

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25 July 2007 , ROTTERDAM – The summer carnival will hit the streets of Rotterdam this weekend. Each year the festival gets bigger. With a length of 2.6 kilometres the street parade will break its own record this coming Saturday. The event is also becoming more international. It is the first time that the organisers of the parade will formally cooperate with the organisers of the London carnival.

25 July 2007

ROTTERDAM – The summer carnival will hit the streets of Rotterdam this weekend. Each year the festival gets bigger. With a length of 2.6 kilometres the street parade will break its own record this coming Saturday. The event is also becoming more international. It is the first time that the organisers of the parade will formally cooperate with the organisers of the London carnival.

The annual Notting Hill carnival in London is very similar to the Rotterdam summer carnival.  The two events have developed independently of each other but meanwhile cooperation has become closer and this is just the beginning, according to Guus Dutrieux of Ducos Productions, the company organising the Rotterdam event.

Dutrieux: “This year the winner of the London steel band competition 2006, The Ebony Steel Band, will take part in our parade for the first time, while our Queen and the winner of the Battle Drums will take part in the London carnival in August. Our aim is to fully combine the two carnivals in 2009. We are also looking into possibilities of how we can get carnival events in other European countries such as in France to team up with our event.”

Although the London event is very similar to the parade in Rotterdam, there are also differences. The Rotterdam carnival has its roots in the Antillean culture, while in London the tradition of the Caribbean islands Trinidad and Tobago prevails. The Battle of Drums, held in Rotterdam on Friday, is a competition between brass bands, whereas in England the steel bands vie for the honour.

The two organisations have the same mission. The festivals should offer underprivileged youths the opportunity to develop their talents. “ There is so much talent in that group. You must only learn to see it,” Dutrieux points out.

The organisers of the Rotterdam carnival claim that the parade is unique because participants from 22 different nationalities are taking part.

The public is asked to use public transport  because many roads will be closed off in connection with the tropical festival. The NS will run extra trains. The parade begins at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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