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After celebrating carnival had spread virtually throughout the entire world from its origins in Europe, it had developed into a chain of individual identities and forms. Even the German and Dutch forms of carnival strongly diverge from that of the carnival in Nice, in France. The carnival phenomenon took on a character all its own, especially in the Caribbean area. The most famous one is Rio of course, but Trinidad and Tenerife have their own versions too with, artistically, distinctive forms of expression.

Globalisation has resulted in the Caribbean translation of this originally Western cultural expression appearing in a new guise. A noted example of this is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Europe has also been confronted with this new phenomenon. Best examples of this are Notting Hill Carnival and Summer carnival. An initially Antillean and Aruban occasion, Summer carnival has grown over the years into an event with which many cultures can identify. Nowadays Surinam, Brazil, Cape Verde and Bolivia are among the visible influences. People have come together, giving birth to a new national tradition. Summer carnival has developed its own content and its own artistic profile. There was a fusion of influences between diverse points of the compass and an event was born with a character all its own.

The growth of Summer Carnival, both in size and quality, meant that the city of Rotterdam then embraced the event. Any one thinking of New Orleans, thinks of Mardi Gras. Pictures of Summer Carnival are increasingly featured in promotion material for the city of Rotterdam. Everyone is proud of this event. It is festive, colourful, proud and a protest - all at the same time. Its form appeals to a wide audience. Increasingly, the designers of costumes are viewed as artists and the dancers as artistes. Summer Carnival transforms the city centre into the biggest stage in the Netherlands.

The media also perceive Summer Carnival’s attractiveness, so the event is published in newspapers and television far over the Dutch border. Not only in Western Europe, but also in South and North America and Eastern Europe.

In addition to attending to the more visual forms of expression, Summer Carnival also pays careful attention to the presentation of traditional and contemporary music trends. In addition to the 25 live orchestras in the parade, Summer Carnival presents national and international artistes on the stage. In the past, Oscar D’Leon, Gruppo Gale, Kassav, Daniela Mercury, Terra Samba, Issac Delgado were on view. All stars from overseas, and all set to conquer West Europe in the future too. International co-operation is growing every day. Co-operation projects are being developed with groups or organisations.


The town’s first carnival started back in 1976 as a modest Victorian street fair as part of the borough centenary celebrations and has continued to develop and evolve when in 1998 Luton Carnival acquired international status and received the largest single lottery award for carnival development. The year 2000 marked the beginning of a new millennium and Luton celebrated with a three day event with more than 140,000 revellers taking to the streets for the massive international event.

Traditionally, carnival has provided a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate everything from nature, harvest and fertility to the struggle for freedom and expression.

People often associate carnival with that of Trinidad and Tobago but both have been influenced by the styles, traditions and cultures of other continents including the Caribbean, South America, Europe and South-East Asia. Luton International Carnival includes the cultures and communities of Luton whilst continuing to develop and evolve into the most glittering spectacular and colourful event in the calendar.

Luton International Carnival is organised by Luton Cultural Services Trust, Arts Development and Events Unit on behalf of Luton Borough Council.

Our partner for carnival arts is the UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA).


Copenhagen Carnival is an annual carnival event taking place in Fælledparken and on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark for three days (Friday-Sunday) during the Whitsun Holiday. Over the years it has developed into the largest Danish festival for World music with 120 bands, 2000 dancers and more than 100,000 spectators participating.

On Saturday the main procession starts on Strøget and continues up Øster Allé, ending at the Sambadrome, one of four themed tents. On Sunday evening, the event ends with a huge nocturnal parade. During the day the four themed tents present a wide array of Brazilian, Salsa, Reggae, Blues and tribute bands, with local DJs showing off their talent too. Various associations stage displays of capoeira, African dance theatre, rueda de casino (salsa) and more.


The Tropical Carnival de Paris returns for its 12th edition on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the streets of the 11th district of Paris. Do not miss this festive event that is an invitation to travel. It is more than 4000 Maskers, come from the four corners of the world and the most beautiful costumes than the others who will be present to make you dance to the rhythm of tropical music. It is around 200,000 spectators that are expected on July 6, 2013 to celebrate the beautiful days in joy and good mood with this now inevitable event of Parisian life.


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