Celebrate Nottingham Carnival with City Arts

Date published: 15 Aug 2013

Posted by: Joe Pick

Costumed man in Caribbean Carnival

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This weekend, 17th & 18th of August, carnival spirit will sweep over Nottingham once again. Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is two days of activities and entertainment for all the community featuring live performances, music tents, workshops, stalls, a funfair, and more!

City Arts invites you to come out on Sunday and watch our 2013 carnival troupe in the spectacular and colourful community-led carnival parade. The parade will leave from Castle Gate at 2.00pm, pass through Market Square and travel up Mansfield Road, arriving at the Forest Recreation Ground at approximately 4.00pm.

We’ve been working flat-out to pull together a whole host of brilliant elements to bring a smile to your face, as well as highlighting an important environmental message. Our theme addresses the discarded plastic polluting the world’s oceans. We have aimed to reuse and recycle as much as possible to create our costumes and props..

Our carnival band, Neptune’s Ocean Trash Can, will led by talented musician Ceri Howells and his live percussion band. In partnership with MLC Academy and with support from Paraiso School of Samba, we’ve trained a fantastic group of drummers to bring the noise.

With funding from Nottinghamshire County Council, we have worked with artists Jessica Kemp and Sarena Messam to build dance group made up of young people from Gedling.  They will be accompanied by Neptune, our carnival King, modelling a costume designed by Alison Denholm, and The Scraggies, a brilliant Nottingham street theatre group led by mask maker Stephen Jon. There will be other characters and performers as well, some with costumes created in workshops with the London School of Samba, but to find out more about these you’ll have to come along and cheer us on.

We would love to have your support on the day and hope you have a brilliant carnival!