A stellar summer series of music, art, dance, literary and theatrical programming sets the scene for a full launch on the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival.
The Tabernacle's iconic building in Powis Square, Notting Hill has seen it all as the area grew out of the squalid slum that first welcomed newcomers from the Caribbean to become one of the most sought-after addresses in the world. Acting as village hall to the most successfully diverse population in London, it played a pivotal role in the 60s London Underground, 70s punk/reggae cross-over, the growth of Carnival and the revival of Cool Britannia.
The Victorian auditorium upstairs has hosted many musical legends over the years
With 2009 proving to be the year of nostalgia, the reopening of Tabernacle, Notting Hill couldn't be better timed. The Victorian auditorium upstairs has hosted many musical legends over the years – from acts as diverse as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of The Clash, Santana, REM, Aswad and Tim Westwood's Hip Hop. In more recent times, Damon Albarn rehearsed The Good, The Bad and The Queen and his opera Monkey, and Lily Allen recently returned to the stage of her first performance as a 7 year old Frog to play a secret Myspace gig and release her latest single.
From Stephen Fry to Davina McCall, and Father-of-Lily Keith Allen in the Portobello Panto.
Many of London's premier acting talent have treaded the boards of spectacular main stage. From Stephen Fry to Davina McCall, and Father-of-Lily Keith Allen in the Portobello Panto. The panto has been revived in recent years with cameos from Ray Winstone, Danny Dyer, James Corden, David Gest and Harry Enfield.
A series of one off events will take place over the Summer showcasing what is on offer. From Medium Rare Cabaret, Book Slam, Portobello Film Festival, Filthy Dukes performing live and London Calypso Tent there's something for all the family. The new kitchen has recently opened including a spectacular patio area overlooking Powis Square.
What better day for an opening party that the final day of Carnival on 31st August? Providing a respite from the main Carnival procession, Tabernacle will hold a special party celebrating both its heritage and future with the local community.
Season commences on 31st August at The Tabernacle: For more information please visit www.tabernaclelive.co.uk