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Notting Hill Carnival takes place in London this weekend. It attracts millions of people from around the country who come to celebrate African and Caribbean culture in the capital.

In this documentary, The Guardian meet people who were there at the start to find out what carnival means to them. They also chat to younger attendees too, like rapper Big Zuu and Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo. They tell us how important the festival is for people in the city of London, especially those from an African and Caribbean background. The carnival is one of the biggest events in Europe to celebrate African-Caribbean culture, as around 2.5 million people attend the event every year.

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The documentary also looks the controversies that the carnival has had over the years as well. Its reputation has been damaged at various points, as there have been some outbreaks of violence. Since the late 80s, there have been 5 deaths at the carnival, 4 stabbings and one shooting. However, the doc tells us how the media often exaggerates the violence seen at Notting Hill Carnival, pointing out that the risk of violence is very low and that some reporting unfairly frames the event as much more dangerous than it actually is.

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