Carnival 1981

This Is How Notting Hill Carnival Looked In 1980

Watch the BFI’s fascinating archive footage of the West London carnival.

As London gears up for another instalment of Notting Hill Carnival, the BFI have shared captivating archive footage of the event from 1980. Directed by Henry Martin and Steve Shaw, the 19 minute clip displays the diversity of the crowd that still makes the carnival such an exciting feature of the London calendar, 35 years on. The event is noticeably less busy than it is now, and there’s not a sponsored stage in sight.

If you’ve never been to the landmark parade, check out this photobook documenting its history and to get you in the mood for this year’s event.

Click the image below to watch the kaleidoscopic film, entitled ‘Grove Carnival’.