The 2017 Portobello Pavilion took the form of a secluded island jutting out of the asphalt of Powis Square, with a ship berthed behind it. The Island was designed and built by Millie Schwier. The main materials used in its construction were bamboo and cork. Millie collaborated with members of the public to build planters to green the structure. The ship, designed and built by Dylan Atkins with Tim Burke, was also made of bamboo with a fabric roof. Within the ship was a sculpture by acclaimed carnival artists Carl and Lynn Gabriel. Finally, to celebrate  the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's schools’ art competition - Art on Show - at the Tabernacle across the road, Toby Laurent Belson  made a large-scale community textile installation – ‘100 Islands’.


Due to the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the programme changed considerably, and the Pavilion programme became an island of quiet during the period.


The Portobello Pavilion is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and is part of InTRANSIT 17 the Royal Borough's annual showcase of arts in unexpected places.




Saturday 10 June 11 - 2pm


Building with Millie Schwier


Build furniture  out of  the most ubiquitous material in the tropics - bamboo - with sculptor Millie Schwier



Saturday 10 June 2 - 6pm


Vegetate! with Millie Schwier


Planting and hanging basket making from bamboo with sculptor Millie Schwier



Sunday 11 June 2 - 6pm Monday 12 June 4 - 6pm

Thursday 15 June 10 - 5pm


100 Islands with Toby Laurent Belson


Create a large scale textile installation with Toby, to be hung in the Tabernacle Garden later in the week to celebrate diversity.



Monday 12 June 10 - 4pm


Creative Writing with Adeola Solanke


This year we are pleased to welcome Spora Stories' Adeola Solanke writer and producer to take an all day workshop on creative writing.



Tuesday 13 June 10 - 6pm


Tempest Songs with LoTown Music and Nancy Andersen


Drop in throughout the day for a workshop to create music and a score for the Tempest, set on our Bamboo Island.



Tuesday 13,20 Thursday 15,22 June 4 -5.30pm

Sports for All

Sports sessions with Queens Park Rangers


To say thanks for taking over half the sports pitch at Powis Square to host the Pavilion, the InTRANSIT team have joined up with Queens Park Rangers to offer free multi sports sessions to local young people. Just turn up!



Wednesday 14 June 7 - 8.30pm


A celebration of the work of Carl and Lynn Gabriel


We salute the world-renowned Carnival artist whose large-scale lovingly crafted wire based sculptures have adorned Carnival and Portobello St scape. We also are very proud to host the sculpture Zeus, which is open to the public. Carl and Lynn will host this most unique evening. All welcome please come and celebrate.



Thursday 15 June 7 - 8.30pm

The wonderful-history of Island Records, Portobello’s punky-reggae-party.


Come and join Chris Salewicz via a secret play-list, and journey into the great wonder that was Island Records, the home of The Maytails, Bob Marley, The Slits and more. Hear how Basing St became the world’s music wonderland. Very special event.




Friday 16 June 4pm- 6pm


Carnival Costume Workshop


Join Misha and Kamal as they take you through the many skills and techniques of carnival costume making. Everyone who participates will take something away!



Friday 16 June 7 - 8.30pm


Murray Lachlan Young - The Islands of the Mind


Join Murray Lachlan Young in an evening of poetry and conversation through the islands of the mind and beyond.



                           Saturday 17 June  12–1pm

                         Future Kitchen – Workshop


The Gate Theatre’s Young Associates have been writing recipes for a more positive future for our communities. Twist the top of the bandstand to release the flavour of the music. Encourage those who have not yet found their tune to enter the bandstand and soak up the music. In this interactive workshop, participants are invited to help cook up new ways to imagine the world.



                    Saturday 17 June  1.30–4.30pm

                          Island Life – Workshop


Participants are invited to write a poem together entitled Island Life. The workshop will be led by a Gate Theatre special guest.



                       Saturday 17 June  5 - 6pm

                  Future Kitchen - Performance


The Gate Theatre’s Young Associates share their recipes for a more positive future. It’s going to be a feast.




                          Saturday 17 June  7 -9pm

                       Omeros, by Derek Walcott –

                    Performance and evening meal


Join the Gate Theatre for traditional Cameroonian food, cooked by Notting Hill local Sissi le French, accompanied by a performance of extracts from Walcott's epic poem.



Saturday 18 June 10 - 5pm

Treasure Island Day


Learn how to make your own clothes, and find nutritious food if you were cast away on a desert island! You can even learn how to make your own music with a steel band workshop from 2 - 4pm




Tuesday 20 June 10 - 7pm

Clive Mendus - The Tempest


Acting Master Class workshop on breathing, posture and confidence exercises, with a scratch performance based on the Tempest given by Complicite actor Clive Mendus. Special early evening drop in from 5 - 7pm.





Tuesday 20 June 7 - 8.30pm

Powis Sq psycho-geographical trip -

Tom Vague and acclaimed authoress Cathi Unsworth, with special guest


Our journey starts in 1966, the Powis Sq liberation, the U.F.O Pink Floyd happenings, the far out film Performance, the Notting Hill People’s fayre then onto silver dream that was Hawkwind (about 1973 we’ll call it a day). Why did Powis Sq happen and where did it all the hippies go? All memories and stories welcome, beyond wonderful.




Wedneday 21 June 7- 8.30pm

The Art of Protest with Niles Hailstones


An entertaining and instructional evening showing how you can defend housing and education via art and protest, from north Kensington activist and musician Niles Hailstone. All the community are welcome - come create and share.



Thursday 22 June 9 -10.30am 3.30 - 6.30pm

Herbology and Lines Anne-Laure Carruth


Learn mindfulness and creative play through drawing plants. A medical herbalist will talk through the benefits of the plants we draw so its all about knowledge sharing and connecting with surroundings too.

The drawings are then collated to create a colouring book that the participants can take away to use themselves or give to friends and family.



Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25 June

Carnival Islands


A weekend of talks, activities and music exploring the roots and future of carnival with Rosita Lynch, Charlie Phillips, and the world premiere of a  new commission for the Mangrove Band by New York composer Andre White. We also celebrate the end of InTRANSIT 17 and the Portobello Pavilion, donating the bamboo from The Island to be used to decorate Mangrove Childrens' Carnival Float.