Celebrate! 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival

Celebrate! 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival

The Leeds (UK) West Indian Carnival has grown from a small celebration born in Chapeltown in 1967 into an annual showpiece of British Caribbean culture that now welcomes performers from all over the country, and attracts crowds of over 150,000 people.

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The Leeds (UK) West Indian Carnival has grown from a small celebration born in Chapeltown in 1967 into an annual showpiece of British Caribbean culture that now welcomes performers from all over the country, and attracts crowds of over 150,000 people.

This book is a joyful celebration of a 50 year journey. Using photographs combined with texts describing some of the key moments since carnival first took to the roads of Leeds on August Bank Holiday Monday in 1967, it tells the full story of Caribbean-led creativity and multicultural hospitality.

These pictures, from all types of photographers, show how carnival’s art has developed. The text names many of the people who have made this extraordinary community festival. Photos and text combine to demonstrate how the Leeds Carnival remains rooted in the Caribbean community that gave birth to it whilst embracing anyone and everyone who wants to join in. 

  • Size 210 x 297mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 188
  • ISBN 9781911148180
  • Authors Guy Farrar, Tim Smith, Max Farrar
  • Illustrations Full Colour