It was during a trip to Rio that Nottingham carnival artists Sarena Kay (dance and costume) and Ceri Howells (percussion and maker) noticed how inclusive their enormous samba school troupes were. “From the youngest children to great-grandparents, everyone in the community was involved in some way,” says Sarena. “We saw… Read more »

What is the impact of homegrown British culture on the carnival traditions of other lands? Do Caribbean and South American carnival appear in new, anglicised forms in the UK, rather like its supposed national dish? Or do they remain 100 percent true to their original traditions? What have they lost… Read more »

Whether running workshops in schools or performing with Manchester Jazz Festival, music and dance partnership Eraldo Marques (percussion) and Adriana Rosso (dance and choreography) and are perfectly in synch. Born in Brazilian capital São Paulo, the pair got their first taste of the UK’s appetite for carnival in 2000 when… Read more »

How does the relationship between carnival and money making work? Who benefits? Does the pursuit of profit devalue the practice or is it necessary for its survival? Journalist Juliet Shaw explores the relationship between carnival and commercialism. Those who pursue carnival arts as a career rarely do so in order… Read more »

The first Mossley Light Festival may have transformed the northern town for just one night, but the change in the community will be much more long term. Leon Patel explains how it empowered local people. Mossley Light Festival last November: five artists’ commissions, a visual art exhibition in train stations… Read more »