School pupils from across Lincolnshire are looking forward to performing in a carnival style parade at the Lincolnshire School Games Opening Ceremony taking place in Grantham this Thursday (7th July).
Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic celebrations, children at eight Lincolnshire primary schools have been working with a Brazilian dance artist during June to learn a dance motif to perform as well as making stunning Carnival head-dresses which will be worn for the parade.
The Lincolnshire School Games is a twice yearly event, supported by Lincolnshire Sport and the Schools Sports Partnerships of Lincolnshire, which aims to motivate and inspire young people across the country to take part in competitive school sport. The cultural component of the schools games festivals is organised by artsNK, who are delighted to be working with emccan (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network) this year to organise this series of Carnival dance and head dress making workshops.
The workshops form part of emccan’s Arts Council England funded “Flight of Fantasy” Tour which aims to engage culturally diverse artists to share their skills and experiences with audiences in rural areas, seaside towns and large scale events.
Amy Dalton, Head of Dance Development at artsNK says
“As Cultural Lead on the Lincolnshire Organising Committee; the group that organise the School Games, we are extremely excited about including Carnival arts, in partnership with emccan, in the 2016 Summer Festival. artsNK’s ethos is to take great art out to people across Lincolnshire and this project is a perfect way to engage young people in an art form that is both diverse and enriching. This year’s event will be full on, exhilarating and colourful; a fantastic new partnership that we hope will continue to grow over the coming years.”
Donna Fox, Chief Executive of emccan commented:
“It is wonderful to be a part of this exciting project. The aim of sharing culturally diverse art in rural areas is a real priority for both emccan and artsNK, and so I believe this is just the beginning of a really fruitful partnership. So far the school children have responded brilliantly to the sessions and we are really excited to see them in action on 7th July!”
George Mighty, Chair of emccan commented:
“At emccan we are passionate about developing the skill and artistry within carnival arts as well as the East Midlands carnivals themselves. We believe that working with artsNK and other partners through the Flight of Fantasy tour will help us to achieve just that by raising the profile and knowledge of carnival in the region and country as a whole.”
The Schools Games Summer Festival takes place on 7th July in Grantham, at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre. The opening ceremony will also feature live samba music and displays of Caribbean Carnival Costumes designed and built by top UK artists.
Schools taking part in the workshops/ parade are:
Winchelsea Primary School, Ruskington, North Kesteven
Ling Moor Primary School, North Hykeham, North Kesteven
Friskney C of E Primary School, Boston
Billingborough Primary School, South Kesteven
Leadenham C of E Primary School, North Kesteven
Hartsholme Academy, Lincoln
Kirkby la Thorpe C of E Primary Academy, North Kesteven
Leslie Manser Primary School, Lincoln
For more information about the Linconshire School Games visit Lincolnshire Sport website.