Carnival Arts

We have always had a presence at Gloucester Carnival as we recognise it as an event that celebrates and show cases creativity and diversity but in recent years Gloucester’s once proud and vibrant event had taken a down turn in creativity and participation. We were asked by City Council alongside other City inclusive Arts organisations to revive the Carnival in Gloucester and are excited to be part of the growing Carnival Arts Partnership in Gloucester, enabling City Council officers to work more closely with Gloucester-based arts charities Art Shape, GDance and Global Arts.

Thanks to Gloucester City Council investment, funding via BIG Lottery's Awards for All,and input from Active Impact's 'Of Course We Can' activity club programme, more communities will be upping their Carnival skills for the parades! Disabled and non-disabled young people aged 8 - 17 worked together on their moves, costumes and puppets during a Carnival themed ‘Arts Inc.’ holiday club in July 2014 at City Works in Alfred Street, Gloucester.

5 Gloucester-based community groups were supported in 2014 to prepare Carnival choreography, creative costumes and banners ready for the parade which took place on Saturday 26 July 2014.Groupstaking part included: Increase the Peace based in Tredworth; Kingsholme and St. Oswald’s residents and Princes Trust volunteers; Matson Football Team and members of GDance’s VIA and Youth inclusive community dance companies.

People of all ages and abilities also had fun at the Carnival Arts Partnership's activity tents in Gloucester Park on Carnival Day and made fantastic masks and carnival props with artists Fern Buckland and Amy Freeman.The spectacle of the Carnival Parade was also be boosted in 2014 by Manchester-based Circus Zapparelli, with their sound bikes, a stage coach for prize-winners and a stilt walking ‘judge’ to join the parade.

“The young people we worked with last year worked so hard on their costumes and dance steps, I think it was our best procession yet, it was such a thrill for them to be part of the procession “

-Harriet West Project Manager 

The Carnival Arts Partnership welcomes anyone who shares our drive to make Gloucester Carnival nationally-recognised for its celebration of inclusivity and diversity (in particular, showcasing the talents of disabled people).

For more information or to be involved in the activities for future years please contact info@artshape.co.uk or call the office on 01452863855