Since the early 1970s I have taken an active part in the Leeds West Indian Carnival, which I regard as the most important cultural festival in Leeds. I was commissioned by West Yorkshire Archive Service to write a short history of the Carnival, which is available from the archives, or may be downloaded here:
‘A Short History of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, between 1967 and 2000‘
Download here MF CarnivalHistoryWYAS
This document was used and added to in my text for the book I co-produced about the Leeds Carnival:
Guy Farrar, Tim Smith, Max Farrar (2017) Celebrate! 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Huddersfield: Northern Arts Publications. ISBN 978-1-911148-15-9.
It includes hundreds of photos, including my own, over the past 50 years of the carnival in Leeds.
Obtainable from Jeremy Mills Publishing via this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My more academic analysis of Carnival, ‘Carnival in Leeds and London, UK: Making New Black British Subjectivities’ by Geraldine Connor and Max Farrar.] may be downloaded from the Academic articles section of this web-site.
Leeds Carnival Photos
My carnival photography nowadays goes to my Facebook page every August. On FB, I am Max Farrar. There are lots of people on FB with my name, but I am the only one of them with white hair.
Leeds Carnival archive
My collection of Carnival documents and some of my photographs of Carnival are stored at West Yorkshire Archive Services. You can search for them here https://wyjs.org.uk/archive-service