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  • 5 - 6 April 2014

A series of themed weekends providing a sneak peek behind the scenes of carnival and the journey from performance to production.

These hands-on weekends will provide a platform for artists, participants and producers to engage in conversation to develop and promote this wonderful, ever-evolving art form.

Whether you are just curious about carnival, regularly perform locally or internationally in carnival events, or have experience in producing outdoor events, Creating Carnival will be a fascinating insight into the backstage aspect of the art form, and is also a forum to share ideas and explore the future of carnival in the UK.


WHEN: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April 2014 | 9am – 5.30pm

PRICE: £55 Full / £35 Concession*

WHERE: The Media Factory, The University of Central Lancashire, Cold Bath Street, Preston, PR1 2HE

* Students, unwaged – Proof will be required on sign in

After a very successful first weekend, here’s what’s to come during Creating Carnival: Weekend 2

Please sign up for only one art form aspect of the weekend: visual arts, drumming or dance.


From Streets to Beats – Junk Percussion
With the Global Grooves Team

Comprehensive workshops in junk percussion and transferring carnival rhythms to a different kind of bateria, drawing upon influences from our Junk Jam project. These sessions over the 2 days also include parade planning, devising, theme exploration, composition, working with costume and more…

Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae Dance & More
With Irineu Nogueira

Irineu will be delivering workshops in Afro-Brazilian dance focusing on Samba Reggae and complimentary styles. He is one of Brazil’s most talented choreographers and teachers in Afro-Brazilian Dance and Samba, and was born in São Luís, in the state of Maranhão (in the north of Brazil). He is a pioneer who became a solid reference within the Brazilian and African rhythms and movements scene.

Costumed Choreography
With Genevieve Estevez-Baker

An important skill to gain from dancing from a carnival perspective is the use of costume for parade and static performances. This Sunday session will be a fantastic introduction to costume wearing – both large and small scale -for dancers and how to move and choreograph with costume. Dancers of all experience will get something from this session and our fantastic up-and-coming dance artist Genevieve will give you some handy tips and tricks when considering costume from a dance perspective. Genevieve has worked with dance and costume on all of our major projects.

Carnival Creations – Scaling Up
With Emily Wood (Cabasa Carnival Arts)

Emily is a North West based Carnival Artist and is Artistic Director of her own company: Cabasa Carnival Arts. Emily also works with Kinetika and Artistic Director Ali Pretty (who will be here with us on Sunday afternoon). These interactive workshops throughout the weekend will arm you with skills and ideas to implement on a larger scale. If you are an artist and are curious about carnival and large-scale work, this weekend is a perfect introduction to the art form and a chance to meet professionals who work in this field.

As well as hands-on workshops, throughout the weekend we will have some very special talks from high-profile artists, professionals in the field and community organisations. We all will come together at the end of the weekend for group workshops on Carnival theme exploration. It’s a great chance to work with different people from different art forms and backgrounds, and further your ability to create original work.


Carnival, Kinetika and Me, & Group Theme Exploration
with Ali Pretty

We are very excited to have renowned carnival artist Ali Pretty with us on Sunday afternoon. Ali will be doing a presentation of her work and also working with everyone on theme exploration at the end of the weekend. Part of our vision for these weekends was the bringing together of people from different disciplines to discuss this fantastic art form and share creative ideas, from lots of different angles. Whether you have participated in carnival events or run your own organisation, you will get something from these informative and creative sessions.

Ali is a British textile artist and designer, best known as the founding member and Artistic Director of Kinetika – an international outdoor arts company she setup in 1997 – after a long established career in carnival arts and a growing commitment to community engagement.

Over the last 15 years, Ali has collaborated with, and led teams of artists to deliver large-scale events to diverse audiences all over the world. From WOMAD (1985 – 1991), to FIFA World Cup (2009) and more recently, the London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, her work in Kinetika is renowned for its quality, both in its individual style as well as its ability to engage and leave lasting legacies in communities and individuals alike. Her work has had such an impact in its field, that the V & A Museum began creating an archive of the artist in 2012, launched online in 2013.
Creative Impact in the Community
with Kooj Chuhan

If you are a part of any group and perform or do work in the community you will be making an impact, large and small. In this insightful session, Kooj will be discussing how the arts can have positive impacts on communities, along with some issues within this. It’s also a good chance to discuss your own experiences and take a deeper look into something you may not have been aware of.

Kooj as a practitioner crosses a range of disciplines including video and digital media practice and teaching; cultural development; as a Creative Producer and Project Manager; a collaborative audio-visual project consultant for museums; and in education, curriculum and learning development. Over the years he has extensively worked with various communities, managed the BICA arts unit in Tameside for 10 years until 1998 and was recently a senior manager at Community Arts North West.


Carnival – A Personal and Professional Perspective
With Angela Chappell (Arts Council England)

Angela has many years of experience with Carnival, both from a personal perspective and a professional perspective and will be sharing her expertise with us on Sunday morning. Angela is a Combined Arts Relationship Manager for Arts Council England (North West) and has a great knowledge of carnival arts in the UK and beyond. It’s also a fantastic chance to get an insight from a representative from a large funding body such as Arts Council England that champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
Preston Caribbean Carnival Presentation
With representatives from the Preston Caribbean Carnival

Preston Caribbean Carnival is the largest and longest running cultural celebration in Preston outside of the Preston Guild. It is organised by a team of volunteers, who work throughout the year planning, organising, and running the event. The Carnival is open to people of all ages and is a platform for anyone who wishes to promote the essence of all that is positive about Caribbean Carnival and in particular local young people from the many communities, which make up Preston City. We have asked Preston Caribbean Carnival to speak as part of these weekends to get a perspective from a local organisation; they will discuss their long (40 year!) history in this host city to these Carnival weekends.
We are working is association with the University of Central Lancashire at its base in Preston, a flourishing and expanding city for Carnival in the UK with their Caribbean carnival and evolving samba scene. These weekends will be taking place at The Media Factory on campus at the University.

If travelling from afar there is a list of accommodation nearby which you can download below click ‘Download PDF’


We are offering a selection of FREE places to UCLAN students. Please email [email protected] to secure your place.

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