Creating Carnival – Kendal Calling 2023 is an exciting professional development opportunity for freelance artists local to Cumbria and the surrounding areas to take the reins of the Kendal Calling procession 2023*.
Working with Global Grooves and From The Fields (via mentoring, new partnerships, access to creative resources, masterclasses, expert tuition and as a critical friend), A brand new, local creative team will develop the skills, confidence, and tools to deliver a large-scale, high profile and collaborative piece of processional work.
How will the programme be delivered?
We will recruit a new cohort of artists who have an interest in developing collaborative, co-produced work in percussion, dance, visual arts and melody (brass). These artists are likely to be already be working with communities in their locality and will have an ambition to take their understanding of creating larger scale, site specific processional work to the next level. We would like to draw upon new and established partnerships / networks as well as open call outs to recruit new artists, groups and members of the community cast.
Working with internationally acclaimed Carnival artists, we will develop a tailored training / masterclass programme where artists will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the development of co-created Carnival arts, and lead on the design and creative outputs of a new high profile piece of processional work. Artists will be given a brief from Kendal Calling to help shape the work reflecting the theme of the festival and inclusion for all communities, joy, openness, collaboration etc.
Music and Dance
Through mentoring, training and peer learning, artists will refine their work and deliver open workshops and training for the wider community to shape the final presentation and build the community cast. The team will have the opportunity hand pick costumes, props, and puppets from the Global Grooves back catalogue of processional works that parade participants will animate through new choreographies and musical arrangements.
Working alongside the music and dance activity will be the development of a new lead Carnival puppet. Artists and members of the local community will have the opportunity to learn from and shadow a leading master puppet maker to create a new large scale piece to lead in the procession.
The wider community
Members of the wider community will also be invited to learn about large scale puppetry, event crew opportunities, costume and flags, and perform as lead puppeteers, performers and contribute as crew members at Kendal Calling.
All elements will then come together for a final combined rehearsal. The new team will work closely alongside the local community, Kendal Calling and Global Grooves producers, artistic director, production team and events crew to deliver a full blown, fully costumed, and brand-new performance to massive audiences at the Festival.
Lead artists and key partners working on the project will come back together after the final presentation to celebrate evaluate their achievements and discuss possible next steps. This will include shared learning, exploring ongoing partnerships, mentoring and future progression opportunities to continue to develop their work and journey both as individuals and together.