Video Blogs Take Notting Hill Carnival Global

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WinkBall.com announces launch of dedicated video blogs and video walls microsite, telling the story of the 2009 Carnival from Levi Roots, DJ's, performers and members of the local community.

Push to See and Talk

A new microsite, Notting Hill Carnival 2009 (http://www.winkball.com/nottinghillcarnival), launched today by video communication service, WinkBall.com, will for the first time enable participants of the Notting Hill Carnival to share their experience of carnival through unique public video blogs and walls. A wide range of members of the community - from celebrities, support staff, artists and stallholders - will share their memories of Carnivals past and their thoughts on its future as they prepare for Europe's biggest street party.

Amongst those who are creating video blogs to bring their carnival to the world are Dragon's Den star Levi Roots, who's Reggae Reggae Sauce was discovered at Notting Hill Carnival, volunteers from the St. John's Ambulance service, and local organisations such as The Fox Carnival Band (facilitated by Fox School). Additionally, the diversity of musical genres that entertain Carnival are represented, including masquerade band Yaa Asantewaa and Calypsonian singer Alexander D. Great. They will be using this opportunity to tell the untold stories of Carnival, making this the first online archive of this world-famous event. Artists who are playing on the CMC Matrix Sound Stage, sponsored by WinkBall, will also be blogging and creating video walls of their preparations for the event as well as giving viewers an exclusive sneak preview of their newest mixes.

The event runs for two days from 30-31st August and is expected to receive up to two million visitors. WinkBall reporters will be live at the event filming the goings-on at street level using Flip video cameras to capture people's feelings and experiences, all of which will be available to view through WinkBall's Notting Hill Carnival 2009 (http://www.winkball.com/nottinghillcarnival).

Throughout the weekend and after the event, WinkBall will be hosting a series of dedicated video walls (http://www.winkball.com/nottinghillcarnival) inviting everyone participating in this year's event to post a short video sharing their memories and thoughts of Carnival - including best outfits and dance moves.

Co-founder of WinkBall, Dr. James Ohene-Djan, said: "The Carnival is the second largest street festival in the world and so bringing this huge cultural event to the world through Winkball.com is a great opportunity to share the festivities with friends and family wherever they are. With personal blogs and videos from people at the event on WinkBall.com, we hope WinkBall's Notting Hill Carnival 2009 will be like a time capsule - a classic example of citizen video for the digital Britain of tomorrow. We'll be able to give viewers a personal insight into the hard work and anticipation felt by those that make Carnival the special event that it is and expresses the great time people have when they are there."

WinkBall.com is part of the WinkBall Project and offers users a range of free video communications services, including private video messaging, video blogging, public and private group video walls, and the new, "Push to See and Talk" live messaging system.

For more information about how you can get involved with the WinkBall video blogs, please visit: (http://www.winkball.com/nottinghillcarnival).

Notes to editors:
About WinkBall.com
WinkBall.com is a free, web-based, personal video communication service, which allows anyone to record, send and share videos with friends and family - privately. Users can also create and post content to video blogs and walls for private and public viewing. Video messages delivered by WinkBall.com can be accessed anywhere, anytime through a web browser.

WinkBall.com is also used by brands and organisations to share video content, which users can actively choose to watch and share. All messages sent through WinkBall.com are supported by targeted five-second advertisements, which are played at the end of video messages.

WinkBall.com is safe, simple and fun and makes video the best way to communicate well online.
Established in London in 2005 by Dr. James Ohene-Djan and Duncan Barclay, the WinkBall Project team has evolved to become a leading player in driving the future development of online communication.

For more information, visit http://www.WinkBall.com or http://www.WinkBallproject.com

Or contact WinkBall's Press Office:

Tom Malcolm
tom.malcolm (at) diffusionpr (dot) com
020 7025 1503

Laura Nettley
laura.nettley (at) diffusionpr (dot) com
020 7025 1506

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