We’re delighted to have received funding from Celebrate! Funding released through Big Lottery Fund for our Carnival Fever project, bringing between 150 and 175 people together to celebrate the richness and diversity of our community.

 

Activities will include:

Cuisine – traditional Caribbean cooking – encouraging people from all backgrounds to attend and learn how to cook authentic dishes, to share together.

Dance – classes in traditional Caribbean dancing such as Calypso and Soca for all abilities – to be showcased at a celebration event at the end of the project.

History and poetry – local people will have the opportunity to talk about what Carnival means to them and also their experiences and memories of past Carnivals. These will be documented and displayed at the Celebrate event.

Crafts – making authentic crafts including traditional jewellery, hand painted tiles, and tie dye – an opportunity for people to come together and share expertise.

Sewing – learning about Carnival and traditional costumes together the group will make a Carnival costume which will be displayed at the celebration event.

At the end of these we will hold a large scale Carnival Fever Party a week before the Leeds West Indian Carnival at August Bank Holiday, bringing together all the activities leading up to the party – food, fashion, showcasing dance, performance and exhibition.

The skills, knowledge and experience of service users, volunteers and other local people will be called upon to make these activities and the final event a success.