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The Carnival of Hammarkullen

This weekend it was Carnival in Hammarkullen. Hammarkullen is a surburb of Göteborg with a majority of immigrants. The Carnival of Hammarkullen has been a yearly event since 1974. It has become a huge arrangement with thousands of participants in the carnival, and 40 000 to 50 000 spectators not only from Göteborg but also from other parts of the country. For many people in Hammarkullen, particulary young women, this is the most important event of the year, and they spend the long dark swedish winter making up their carnival costumes and practise the dances. Hammarkullen is a surburb that's often associated with segregation, unemployment, youth criminality and social problems. But the Carnival is a vibrant and vivid proof of the vigour, creativity and overwhelming abundance of human cultural capital in this surburb with inhabitants from 126 countries in the world.

 

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Uploaded on June 2, 2008