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Bring learning to life through the creativity and joy of Carnival in school
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Carnival organisations Across the UK have put together unique packages of activities and events for schools and the community for the new 'National Children's Carnival Week - 12th – 18th July 2021'. This celebration of Carnival will help bring back the magic of learning and play after a challenging year.


The theme for National Children's Carnival Week is 'Once Upon a Time', which will spark children's imagination by creating costumes and props that tell stories. Accompanied by dance and music, children will develop an in-school or community celebration that will provide uplifting experiences and enable children to reconnect through creativity.


Groups will work with your school or group to create a bespoke programme of activities and workshops for a day project or a comprehensive project lasting several days across the term. The programme can complement current project themes and plans for the summer term.


You can start your programme at any time, and there are many ways to mark National Children's Carnival Week. Artists are available for workshops, but we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Why not hold a school carnival?

Each school can choose how to stage their carnival event, be it an assembly, class bubble carnival or an all school parade. It can be a day of short sessions in dance, music, lyric writing and creative making, or a comprehensive project lasting several days across the term. Celebrate your achievements with an end of project celebration day.

Check out the FREE resources below for step-by-step instructions on making a range of carnival headdresses or decorations, plus ideas for running your very own carnival club.

Arts Awards and Arts Mark

You may wish for your carnival celebrations to contribute to your existing Arts Awards programme or Arts Mark activities. If you have been thinking about starting Arts Awards, many of the groups can support you in piloting the award with your carnival activities.


​For more information, to book an artist lead workshop or to discuss programme ideas, please contact: 
Clary Salandy, Artistic Director & Programme Co-ordinator UKCCA, via clary@carnivalarts.org.uk  or phone 07824 774 123. 

To find out more about the participating organisations and find an artist in your area, please visit or Groups and Artists Page

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