Primary Colour: Creating a Carnival Programme for a Primary School

Date published: 6 May 2021

Posted by: Alison Denholm

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Every year since 2016, City Arts has worked with Cantrell Primary School in Bulwell – running a carnival project which brings the whole school together.

Our plans for 2020 were put on hold. However, we used the time to produce this report celebrating the work created so far. Find out what we did, and what we learned along the way.

About the project

The Cantrell Carnival programme brings together all the pupils at the school. Each child creates a costume, and we have worked with teachers to give them the skills to lead the costume design for their class. In recent years, we’ve worked with the school’s Arts Ambassadors group to create even more exciting, bigger, costumes.

School children in costume at a public event
Cantrell Primary School Pupils at the Nottingham Puppet Festival 2018

We support the school to host fantastic carnival fun days at the end of the summer term. In 2019, Bulwell Arts Festival invited us to bring the parade into Bulwell town centre. Now all the local community can enjoy the event and marvel at the children’s’ creations.

We are currently planning what will happen for Summer 2021, so this feels a perfect time to launch the report. We want to share what we have achieved so far, and take inspiration from the partnership as we move forward. Looking back help us plan the next phase of work. We hope the joy and creativity of carnival will help ease us out of lockdown.