The Red Bulletin September 2020 (UK)


Editor’s letter





How to navigate testing times and, at the same

time, find positive outcomes is a challenge we’re

all facing right now to some extent. And it’s one

that many of the stars of this month’s issue of

The Red Bulletin are managing to rise to.

News that the physical celebration of London’s

Notting Hill Carnival (page 30), the biggest event

of its kind in Europe, was to be cancelled this

year for the first time left many crestfallen. But,

as our cover feature shows, Carnival is a lot more

than a street party: it’s a state of mind that those

at its heart carry into everyday life. Not only

have the organisers created something uplifting

with their digital offering for 2020, it’s estimated

that more people than ever will attend this year,

sampling Carnival culture from their homes.

Photographer Pablo Allison (page 42) had a lifechanging

experience in the unexpected setting

of a Mexican freight train. The British artist

says that, despite being imprisoned and held

at gunpoint, riding on top of these fast-moving

trains to document the journeys of thousands

of migrants is making him a better person.

Then there’s the group of the women pushing

back against economic and social restrictions in

Athens as they rediscover the city together on

roller skates (page 48), offering each other support,

solidarity and, most important of all, fun.

And Canadian cave-diver Jill Heinerth

(page 56) knowingly enters difficult waters on

her deep dives into barely accessible caves. But,

she says, the thrill of discovering the unknown

makes the risks well worthwhile.

We hope you enjoy the issue.


“My relationship with Notting

Hill Carnival has always been

one of joy, freedom and

celebration,” says the

London-born visual artist

and designer, who illustrated

our cover and feature on

Carnival. “Incorporating

imagery and producing

illustrations that are true

to its Caribbean origin and

Black British progression

was not debatable.” Page 30


The British journalist and

documentary filmmaker

moved to Athens in 2017.

There he met female rollerskate

crew Chicks in Bowls,

who became the subject of

a short film, and a feature in

this month’s issue. “I wanted

to show Athens in a way

outsiders haven’t seen it

before,” says King. “The

result is thanks to the girls.

They really pushed hard and

gave everything!” Page 48



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