Back to the Streets
“Carnival turns the world upside down” (Mikhail Bakhtin).
‘Back to the Streets’ was our Arts Council funded, carnival development initiative focussed on the Lord Mayor’s Street Procession in July 2009 (LMSP09). The aim of the project was to put together a high quality entry into the procession, with the development of local artists supported by nationally and internationally renowned carnival artists. The project also sought to challenge ideas and develop a number of new elements, including street theatre.
Back to the Streets was been a huge success with over 450 people taking part across three sections – learning how to make carnival costumes, how to stilt walk, how to dance salsa, samba and hip hop and how to make giant puppets and floats! Sections were led by Brazilian, Cuban and British carnival artists and featured musicians from Brazil performing with the bloco. Over 20 community groups were involved. The project culminated as the lead entry in the Norwich Lord Mayor’s Street Procession and was enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience of approximately 30,000! The entry won second prize in the City Council’s ‘Spirit of Carnival’ awards.
Our lead artists were Pat Howe, Mariana Pinho, Damarys Farres and Dende Collective. Our supporting artists were Tricia Hall, Ali Mackenzie, Stephen Knights, Chili con Salsa, Janke Drummond, Stephen Drummon and Linda Blakeway.
As well as Arts Council funding the project was supported by Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council (Recycling), Great Yarmouth Borough Council and South Norfolk Council.