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The Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is an annual highlight for City Arts. We enjoy extending an invitation to young people, adults, artists and musicians to come up with new ideas and themes that can get our troupe dancing through the streets. With the money you donate to our crowd-funding campaign you will help us to develop a number of brilliant new elements for our carnival celebrations. We will work with street theatre artists, graffiti artists and start an exciting new partnership with the London School of Samba.
We work with children, young people and adults, bringing them together with dancers, carnival designers, musicians and street performers.
Every year we choose a theme to inspire us, both for costume and music. This year our theme is inspired by the worlds oceans and by the need to recycle and reuse. We aim to create most of our carnival costumes from recycled materials.
Your support will help us to work with young people from the Gedling area of Nottingham. The money you donate will allow us to develop the following three elements for the project:
The Scraggies are a street theatre group led by mask maker Stephen Jon. Your donation will allow us to invite Stephen to work with our young people and bring some of his fantastic masks and performance into our carnival. Stephen is very experienced in working with young people and will bring an exciting and creative energy to the project.
You can help us work with local graffiti artist Nathan Bainbridge to make a boat float! Not one that floats on water, but a carnival float that can lead our troupe with pride. Nathan will work with young people to develop ideas for the look of the boat and then use these ideas to build something extraordinary!
London School of Samba
We have been invited to be part of a nationwide project with the London School of Samba. They would like to share their skills and experience with artists in Nottingham, who can then in turn develop their own ideas for future carnivals. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the UK’s original Samba School, developing new ideas and make something extra special for this years carnival.
All of these projects will come together at Nottingham Carnival on the 18th August, and with your help we can work with more people to bring colour and energy into their summer, as well as putting something great on the streets.
To say thanks to those of you who support us, we will be offering gifts to everyone who donates.
You can follow the campaigns progress on Twitter #cityartstroupe