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UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) is a dedicated organisation and centre promoting excellence within carnival arts. Supporting and championing the work of Carnival Groups across the UK and facilitating carnival education in Luton and the surrounding areas, and hosting the annual Luton International Carnival.
Area: Luton, Herts, Beds and Bucks
Clary Salandy, programme coordinator at the UKCCA
The New Carnival Company is a professional arts organisation based on the Isle of Wight specialising in carnival and outdoor public celebrations. We run our own dedicated Carnival Arts Centre – the busy and vibrant Coaching House in Ryde - and deliver an extensive community outreach and carnival arts training programme across the Island, the South of England and sometimes nationally and internationally.
Our Combined Arts portfolio covers a diverse range of carnival art forms. We deliver costume design and making, samba drumming, dance and choreography, flag making and site decorations, giant puppets, lanterns and large scale illuminated sculptures, soundscapes and digital carnival experiences using a range of social media platforms.
Our annual programme centres on the delivery of our flagship carnival parade - The IW Mardi Gras – held every last Saturday in June at Ryde. This event is the showcase for our carnival in education programme, community participation activities, and artist commissioned work, and annually reaches an audience in excess of 20,000.
Area: Isle of Wight
Frankie Goldspink, The New Carnival Company, Isle of Wight.
From journalistic records we can trace the development of our carnival from 1847, making Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival the oldest event of its kind in the United Kingdom, and, it seems it was the Victorians who were instrumental in establishing the format of the carnival for future generations to enjoy.
Chris Hocking, Bridgwater (Guy Fawkes) Carnival,
In 2004 a small group of volunteers took up the challenge of re-introducing carnival to the streets of Northampton bringing a multicultural flavour to the new event.
The Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium was formed and on Saturday 11th June 2005 they produced the first revived Northampton Carnival.
The Lord Mayor’s Procession is the largest participatory event in Norwich with around 2,000 people taking part and drawing an audience of 30,000. The event showcases the best of the city’s music, dance, performance, and carnival spirit.
Claire Hubery, Norwich City Council (Lord Mayors Street Procession)
18 Hours delivers events and educational experiences driven by a passion for fostering global understanding. The organisation works with local schools to put on annual children's parades as part of St Leonards Festival and Hastings Storytelling Festival.
Area: St Leonards Festival and Hastings
Mandy Curtis, 18 Hours (St Leonards Festival and Hastings Storytelling Festival)
T: 01424 733132 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander D Great is a professional musician/songwriter and experienced Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Calypsonian-in-residence to the BBC since February 2000. Special interest in Music of Black origin.
Area: London and National
Alexander Loewenthal (aka Alexander D Great), calypsonian, London
T: 07976 397870 E: email@example.com
Mahogany is a group of multi-disciplinary artists who design and create large scale kinetic sculptures/carnival costumes utilising the human body in the art form of “Mas Making”, Masquerade or Street Theatre.
T: 07824 774123
Emccan is a partnership of four Caribbean Carnivals in East Midlands. Northampton, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham work in partnership to share good practice in artistic and operational management. EMCCAN - East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network is a strategic development organisation for Caribbean Carnival Arts, funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio organisation (NPO).
Area: East Midlands
Donna Fox, East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN),
T: 07900 083839 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its beginnings back in 1968, St Pauls has grown in size and reputation to become one of Bristol’s biggest attractions. Crossing generations through a celebration of Afro Caribbean culture, it is an event where every float, every stage, every performer and every person tells a story - and that story is how music and dance and community can bring people together.
Global Grooves are a Carnival arts NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) based in Tameside, Manchester. We create the environment for Carnival arts, people and communities to thrive, drawing on worldwide cultural art forms to deliver jaw-dropping, inspirational Carnival experiences through music, dance, and visual arts. Our new Northern Centre of Excellence for Carnival will open in the autumn of 2021.
Area: Manchester/ North West
Holly Prest, Global Grooves
T: 0161 870 6895 E: email@example.com