Volunteer For Notting Hill Carnival 2019

Looking for the opportunity to be directly involved in Europe’s biggest street carnival with London’s original samba school? Look no further!

We are hunting for volunteers to help us at the school’s most important and exciting event, the Notting Hill Carnival parade!

Your role will include helping to look after the wellbeing of our performers by handing out water and snacks, assisting with rope handling (to manage the route of the parade) and handing out flyers to spectators along the way. Our volunteers will also need to maintain communication with the carnival organisers to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day. You can also unleash your creative side by helping with costumes, make up and float building!

Benefits include discounted drumming and dancing lessons at the London School of Samba.

Volunteers must be free on 26 August 2019 and be 18 years old or over. You can also volunteer if you are 16 or 17, but you must be accompanied by an adult (over 18 years old).

About the London School of Samba

The London School of Samba is committed to advancing education for public benefit through the promotion of the arts, with particular (but not exclusive) reference to Samba music, dance, costume-making and the culture and tradition of Afro-Brazilian carnivals. We are a volunteer-run organisation and we take pride in connecting people from all backgrounds through the love of art and dance.

The London School of Samba has been helping people experience Brazilian Carnival Arts since 1984. We provide weekly classes and workshops covering dance, drumming, costume-making and much more. Each year we participate in the Notting Hill Carnival and other smaller parades, and we also perform at live shows and gigs across London. We are linked to Brazil through our godmother school Mocidade—2017 Rio Carnival Champions! Back in the UK, we have been featured in many magazines, newspapers and TV shows—you might have seen us on Strictly Come Dancing or Britain’s Got More Talent.

What We Are Looking for?

No experience required, just lots of energy on the day and willingness to get involved in our wonderful and diverse Samba community.

Volunteers must be available on 26 August 2019, ready for an early start (7 am) and be available for the entire day. We will all meet at our carnival base in Shepherds Bush before making our way to the Parade starting position near Westbourne Park. The parade ends near Ladbroke Grove and we will then walk back to our carnival base.

Volunteers must be free on 26 August 2019 and be 18 years old or over. You can also volunteer if you are 16 or 17, but you must be accompanied by an adult (over 18 years old).

We are really looking forward to welcoming you into the team, so if you have any questions or require a little more detail about the event or other volunteering opportunities, then please email lss.carnivalmanager@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch!


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We make all of our costumes. Design and create as part of our team whatever your experience level.


Join us to parade at the Notting Hill Carnival and other celebrations.