Notting Hill Carnival Legends Give Their Opinions to New Video Communication Website, WinkBall.com

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WinkBall reporters capture the views of Norman Jay, Don Letts and Levi Roots at the screening of Carnival!, celebrating 50 years of Notting Hill Carnival in 2009

It's important that those who come to have a great street party remember where carnival's roots are, and that it's time for political consciousness to return as a feature of carnival

Video communication website, WinkBall.com, captured the opinions of carnival legends at the screening of Don Letts' new film, Carnival!, at the Tabernacle on Powis Square, London W11. WinkBall reporters filmed interviews with those who watched the film and celebrities alike - including DJ Norman Jay MBE, DJ and filmmaker Don Letts and musician and entrepreneur Levi Roots, asking their opinions of the film, which celebrates 50 years of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Don Letts, who made his name as a reggae DJ at punk clubs in London in the 1970s, told WinkBall.com: "It's important that those who come to have a great street party remember where carnival's roots are, and that it's time for political consciousness to return as a feature of carnival". The film tells the story of Claudia Jones, the civil rights activist who started the carnival in 1959, and shows footage from carnivals through the decades since then. It also hosts a debate about carnival's future: Norman Jay, who's Good Times sound system is one of the most popular at carnival, said: "If carnival can survive the countless-mile journey from Trinidad to Notting Hill, it can survive a few miles further to Hyde Park".    

The interview footage can be found on WinkBall's microsite, http://www.winkball.com/nottinghillcarnival, which is documenting the first online living archive of this world-famous event on its video walls. A multitude of opinions appear on the site, as well as blogs from participants as diverse as 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).

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

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