Caribbean Carnival comes to Scunthorpe

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Join in an explosion of colourful costumes, energetic dance and exciting workshops as the carnival comes to North Lincolnshire from 15 to 23 September.

‘Reveal the Mas’ Caribbean Arts Festival is bringing nine days of fun packed activities to local schools, community centres, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and workshop spaces in North Lincolnshire. Culminating in a vibrant parade through Scunthorpe town centre on Saturday 22 September at 2pm.

Be part of the carnival parade or just come along to cheer them on. There will be a performance outside 20-21 Visual Arts Centre to kick it off in true carnival spirit, then workshop participants will join professional carnival Kings and Queens as the costumes are brought to life in a high energy and colourful parade.

At 20-21, there will be an exhibition of elaborate carnival costumes on display from 15 to 23 September in the main gallery. Entry is free.

These costumes have featured in carnival parades in Derby, Nottingham, Leeds, Leicester, Northampton and Notting Hill. The King and Queen costumes reach up to 15 feet tall and are designed and made by professional and Caribbean carnival artists from the East Midlands.

Free workshops will take place at 20-21 from 20 to 23 September but a £2 donation is suggested for materials. The workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities, families and emerging artists.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn new dance routines, play body percussion, drumming and make carnival head dresses.

Anyone can join in the workshops at 20-21, there is no need to book, just turn up. They are on:

  • Wednesday 19 September, 1pm to 4pm – Get Crafty workshop plus percussion and music for adults with a disability
  • Thursday 20 September, 10.30am to 12pm – Stick and Splodge with Sticky Fingers carnival crafts for children under five
  • Saturday 22 September, 10.30am to 12pm – Carnival chants, drumming and body percussion
  • Saturday 22 September, 12pm to 1.30pm – carnival headdress making
  • Sunday 23 September, 11am to 4pm – drop in for carnival crafts, music and more during the free fun day

On Friday 21 September from 6pm to 7pm there will be free On Target dance sessions for young people aged 8 to 19 at Crosby One Centre.

Pick up a full programme of events at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe. 20-21 opens Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm.

Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for Public Participation and Culture, said: “This is going to be a truly unique and exciting experience. It’s not every day a Caribbean carnival comes to North Lincolnshire. There will be something for everyone to get involved in throughout the festival; it’s not to be missed.

“From start to finish there will be lots to get involved in, whether that’s making a bright and colourful headdress, having a go at carnival dance or watching the parade through Scunthorpe town centre. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the carnival fun.”

EMCCAN Chief Executive, Donna Fox, said: “We are delighted to bring this array of magnificent carnival costumes, performances and workshops to Scunthorpe. Each year we build on the partnership with 20-21, embedding more local skills and unlocking the creativity through dance, music and costume making.

“Carnival is a unique blend of many art forms, which is why it is so exciting and open to absolutely anyone. Come and support our UK tour as we stop off in Scunthorpe to share the Caribbean Carnival spirit through incredible art.”

The Festival is a unique taste of the Caribbean, forming park of the UK Carnival tour ‘Taking Flight’ funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, building on the strong partnership between EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network), 20-21 and Arts Development at North Lincolnshire Council.