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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 08:08 GMT 09:08 UK
Caribbean event 'facing boycott'
Children in costume at carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place for more than 40 years
Performers taking part in this year's Notting Hill Carnival have said they will boycott a Caribbean cultural event being planned by the mayor of London.

The Caribbean Showcase would be held in Hyde Park on the August Bank Holiday weekend, the same weekend as carnival.

Carnival organisers said hundreds of steel bands, costumed mas bands and calypsonians have not been consulted about the event and will not attend.

But Ken Livingstone said others have approached him about participating.

Notting Hill Carnival director Roddy Crozier said the event would be a threat to the carnival and would have a financial impact.

'Commercial affect'

"If, for example, they approach commercial sponsors that are already in negotiations with the Notting Hill Carnival... then sponsors will be drawn between which event is better and which event will give them more publicity," he said.

Last week Lee Jasper, senior adviser to Mr Livingstone, said that the Caribbean Showcase would be of "a very small scale", would complement the carnival and was not an attempt by the mayor to take control.

A statement from the mayor's office said that the event, which would celebrate the contribution of the Caribbean community to the life of London, would not impact on policing levels at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Ken Livingstone has also been criticised by carnival organisers for the late payment of cash for safety stewards.

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