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Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival

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It's almost time for the Notting Hill Carnival, but have you ever stopped to wonder what it's all about? On the 23rd August between 3pm - 6pm, Tate Modern investigates the different artistic perspectives of a carnival through a one-day performance commission, Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival.

As Notting Hill carnival approaches its fifty-year milestone, curator, Clair Tancons, has invited hundreds of the show's participants to perform under Gia Wolff's architectural Canopy of ropes and a soundscape by Dubmorphology, who has remixed various types of music, such as steel pan drums, calypso, reggae, and punk.

One of the main themes of the exhibition focusses on the idea of public spaces. For example, Hew Locke's Give and Take investigates the tension between the people who choose to take part in the carnival (performers and spectators), and those who just have to put up with it (the residents).

Another artist includes Trinidad-born Marlon Griffith, whose No Black in the Union Jack was inspired by the London summer riots in 2011, and explores Caribbean nationality, migration, racism, and postcolonial British culture.
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Why? Enjoy cultural performances
When: 23rd Aug, 3pm
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Tate Modern
Cost: Free
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