The Celestial Carnival was a commission from South Norfolk District Council (SNDC) to create a community carnival event in Loddon in October 2003, to launch their 10-day Celestial Festival. NORCA worked in partnership with Theatre of Adventure, Spectrum Crafts and SNDC to create a truly participatory and interactive, high quality event. Taking Holst’s Planet Suite as its starting point, the project mixed professional and amateur performers, working with local schools and community groups. At the core of the project was exploring ideas of how street theatre and music could be combined and used in a carnival context. Teams of young people from a local Primary school worked for two weeks with the team to develop performance routines. Nearly 250 people took part in the parade and over 2,000 came to watch.