City Arts’ giant parrot puppet tours the country

Date published: 27 May 2016

Posted by: Joe Pick

Giant bird puppet in Nottingham City centre

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Kicking off with a trip down to Luton International Carnival on Sunday 29th May 2016, our beautiful giant parrot puppet is hitting the road as part of the EMCCAN Flight of Fantasy Tour.

The stunning puppet was inspired and partly created by visitors to Radford Care Group and Nottinghamshire Hospice, and residents at The Abbeyfield Society’s Millbeck House, as part of our Imagine programme for older people in care. It was build in the summer of 2014 by Tony Mason, a renowned puppet maker who created the two giant lions that led the Team GB 2012 Olympic winner’s parade, with help from artist Jess Kemp and nearly 100 older people.

Flight of Fantasy will bring high quality carnival arts to new audiences in the Midlands, North and South West of England, by touring performances, costumes and master classes. More people will have opportunities to enjoy carnival in their local communities.

Here’s where you can see our brilliant bird (some dates to follow):

The parrot will, of course, form part of the Can Samba & City Arts ‘Flying Free’ Troupe at Nottingham Carnival on the 21st of August 2016.