Case Study

Cantrell Carnival 2019

Date published: 23 Oct 2019

Posted by: Joe Pick

Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week

For the past four years, City Arts has worked to inspire the children and teachers at Cantrell Primary School in Bulwell. We’ve created carnival costumes with every child in the school, and taught the teachers all the tricks of the trade. The result is the annual Cantrell Carnival. Everyone in the school takes part!

Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week
Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week. Photo by Matt Bentley-Walls.

This year, we brought expert carnival artist Yasmin Long to the school. She worked with the Arts Ambassadors group. It has pupils from reception up to year six – children excited about art and wanting to do more.

Everyone in the group designed their own carnival costume. Yasmin took these ideas and pulled them together into one final design – the Weather Wizard. It features rainbows, thunderbolts, sunshine, snow and clouds. The Weather Wizard shows everything that weather can throw at you!

Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week.
Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week. Photo by Matt Bentley-Walls.
Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week.
Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week. Photo by Matt Bentley-Walls.

We also set up a Dance Ambassadors group at the school. They worked with Lewis Hunter, artistic director of Inspire Urself Carnival Troupe, learning how to dance and process to classic carnival tunes.

These photos are from Bulwell Arts Festival. This year is the first time that City Arts and Cantrell Primary have taken part in the festival. We looked spectacular parading through Bulwell Town Centre. It was a public preview of the main event which took place a week later at the school. Nearly 500 children in costume took part in the school’s procession, and all the teachers, parents and pupils danced at the end!

Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week.
Cantrell School Carnival at Bulwell Arts Week. Photo by Matt Bentley-Walls.

With thanks to:
Jordan White – Cantrell Primary School, Nicola Curzon – Bulwell Arts Festival, Yasmin Long – lead artist and designer, Solomon Lewis Hunter – lead artist and dancer, Can Samba – music and mobility scooters, plus all the City Arts team and volunteers who came out on the day.