Carnival Arts Schools Project

Carnival dancer with primary school children at Lincolnshire School Games

Over 300 school pupils from across the county performed in a carnival style parade at the Lincolnshire School Games Summer Festival Opening Ceremony in July 2016.

Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic celebrations, we worked with emccan (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network) to organise a series of dance and headdress making workshops at eight Lincolnshire primary schools in June 2016. All the children taking part in the workshops had the opportunity to attend the School Games Summer Festival in Grantham and take part in the opening ceremony.

The opening also ceremony featured live samba music and displays of Caribbean Carnival Costumes designed and built by top UK artists.

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 us, and we were delighted to work with emccan to organise these fantastic series of Carnival dance and headdress 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.

If you are a school and are interested in how we can bring dance to your pupils please visit our Inspire Dance page for more information.