Colchester Carnival lineup

It’s Colchester Carnival a week on Saturday (the 16th) and there’s going to be a whole day of activity going on in town. Keep an eye on the official website and this Facebook page for more information, but as I write this, the current plan for the day is:

Here are just a few of the amazing things you will be able to see in the parade – in no particular order.

The Main part of the parade starts from Abby Fields at 5.30 pm on the 16th July and goes via Butt Road, Headgate, Head Street and High Street, finishing in the Castle Park. However, for logistical and technical reasons, some parts of it will start from Headgate instead: so if you want to see the whole parade in all its glory, we recommend you to watch it in Head Street or High Street.

Martin Reed and the Obby Oss: Derek Wray and Dagmar Engelken as Old King Coel and the Town Trumpeter: The Town Watch: Colchester District Pipes & Drums: The Indian Rickshaw with the local heroes: Footprints Theatre Company: Colchester 2000 Travel Plan Club/Sustrans: Slack Space Colchester with the SlackJazz group: Colin the Dragon and Dragonettes: Colchester Karate Academy: Suffolk Samba: Destination Colchester with Nepalese Dancers. Colchester Historical Enactment Society:Malkiat Singh: Akula Tribal Belly Dance: Kingsland Promotions and the Valhalla Crew: Open Road – SOS Bus: Colchester Scout Band: Braiswick District Girl Guiding: 44th Colchester Scouts: 9th Colchester Scouts: 3rd Stanway Brownies: Colchester Gangshow: First Strokes Swim Schools: Funky Voices Choir: Colchester Cat Rescue: The Laura Rampton School of Dance: The Ormiston Children and Families Trust: Annie’s Fantasies Clog Morris and Dobbin: Go Bananas: Carol Gale School of Dance: Colchester Gladiators: Valentine School of Dance: Fisher Jones Greenwood: LEPRA: Essex Samba: Greenstead Community Association: Time Bank: Jazzhands Stage Academy: African Drummers and Indian Dhol drummers with the workshop drum group: The Big Bamboo: Colchester Community Voluntary Services: Ashanti Yard Sound System: The WIGS (Women Institute Girls): Gerry, Jo, Ellie and Ben Stockwell:: Urban Allstars: New Horizon Majorettes: St Stephens Pre School: Boudica Samba: Harwich Brass Band

All in all, we expect at least 700 people in the parade!

Colchester Carnival’s Street and Park Festival

Colchester Carnival is not just a parade! We have arranged an entire day of music, dance,and sheer family fun for you throughout the streets of Colchester and in the Castle Park to put you in the party mood for the most spectacular procession that Colchester has ever seen!

A dazzling array of entertainers, dancers and musicians has been assembled by the artistic Director of the Carnival, Dorian Kelly, of Illuminati on behalf of the Colchester Round Table.

It will take place from 11.30 am on Saturday 16th July on Culver Square, Lion Walk, Trinty Street, and Sir Isaacs Walk with buskers through the rest of the town centre, and of course, throughout the Park.

Free Face Painting for children at Costa Coffee House, Culver Square

11.30: Starting with an opening by The Mayor, The Mayor and Mayor’s Escort Cllr. Helen Chua and Cllr Mike Hogg. With the Town watch and a chance to meet Colin the Dragon and Old King Coel
11.40: Compered by Street Poet MARK BRAYLEY we kick off with the amazing 26-piece contemporary choir FUNKY VOICES.
12.15 ANNIES FANTASIES, Colchester’s own traditional clog morris dancers with live concertina and melodeon music from Paul McCann.
12.50 This is followed by some fantastic and highly enjoyable operatic arias from CORRINA DOLFO.
1.15 AKULA TRIBAL BELLY DANCERS then take the square by storm with some amazing set-piece dances from various cultures.
1.45: A real treat from Colchester’s rising stars LADY BIRD AND THE LARKS, with their own self-penned songs which take a highly entertaining but wry look at life.
2.30 THE CAROL GALE SCHOOL OF DANCE: Street dance display
3.00: THE MEDDLARS – traditional songs and music from the Brisish Isles.
3.45: A special treat THE HAT CHECK HONEYS- Helene and Julie – a sassy, witty duo will be bringing their own brand of glamour and swing.

Free face painting for Children at The Costa Coffee House, Lion Walk

Opened by the Mayor at approximately 11.45 and compered by Street Poet ANDREW BUDD:
12.00: LADY BIRD AND THE LARKS – 5 piece girl group- unmissable!
12.30: CAROL GALE SCHOOL OF DANCE – Street dance exrtraordinaire!
1.00: Colchester’s Very own Slum Poet Fred Slattern.
1.15:THE MEDDLARS, Traditional Songs and instrumentals
1.45: ANNIES FANTASIES CLOG- from the NW of England Morris Tradition with a touch of Border wildness!
2.15: VALENTINES SCHOOL OF DANCE – more street dance
2.45 THE GITANE HOT CLUB a new band who will be serving some French-style café jazz Django/ Grapelli style
3.30: FUNKY VOICES 26 incredible voices.

A full programme of Dance events including Clog Morris dancing, Belly Dancing, Street Dance and much more besides:

LUSH! Live music at SIR ISAACS WALK – in the shop or in the Street if fine weather

Lush – the ethical cosmetics shop in Sir Isaac’s Walk (a few shops along from Scheregate Steps) – is providing a live music venue as part of the Colchester Carnival programme to raise funds for the Colchester Round Table’s charities, but with a lot of emphasis on fun for the community. Call in to Lush; listen; shop; and make a contribution..

Arranged and curated by RICHARD BRAZEAR on behalf of Illuminati and the Carnival

11.00: GRASSHOPPER – Bluegrass trio with cool harmonies and fine songs
11.30: HARMONISE – A gifted a cappella choir with music from around the world
12.30: GRAHAM TIDD – a man of many instruments and some great songs
1.00 THE HAT CHECK HONEYS – Helene and Julie – a sassy, witty duo bringing their own brand of swing to any occasion
1.30: DINOSUAR BLUES- Singer,/guitarist and harmonica duo, old and new blues
2.00: TEA TIME ASSORTMENT – a curious assortment of musicians with a curious assortment of music! Traditional and contemporary folk, new and old.
2.30: PAUL RILEY AND CAROLE – a gifted guitarist together with a chanteuse with an attachment to Edith Piaf
3.00: NO STRINGS ATTACHED – Anglo-French acapella duo with songs in English and Breton.
3.30: ADAM HAYES -Talented singer/songwriter with a satin voice and a subtle guitar style
4.00: SHANTYCLEAR- Rumbustious practitioners of the traditional British shanty
4.30: JON RICHARD AND MIKE ( Three of the Four Blokes)

BUNTING ROOMS, Headgate: 2.00- 5.00

2.00 pm: Free African Djembe Drumming workshop followed by a place in the big parade! For people of ages 16 up to 25 – as long as they are big enough to carry a drum for a mile! Drums provided. Register for your free place on Non-drummers welcome to watch.

Everywhere else in the town centre including the market area will be all your favourite buskers.

A wide variety of attractions, good food and things to do. Dancing in front of the castle at various times, Food and drink. Come and get your own back with a few well-aimed damp sponges …
Give local politicians Will Quince,Nick Barlow,Dave Harris, or Jordan Newell a soaking!@

COLCHESTER ROCK PROJECT, Colchester’s own rising stars from seven at adult will show what they can do!
M.C. LINGUAR – Award-winning body-popping and breakdancing like you have never seen before!

11.15: COLCHESTER VILLA F.C. Training session – open to all.
12.30 BEST FOOT FORWARD: creative, street and contemporary dance styles as well as encompassing other art forms like video and drama to a range of people, specialising in working with people with learning disabilities.
13.30 COLCHESTER UNITED TRUST – Football practice: Come and join in!
15.00: DIVERSAFIT: Zumba dance and fitness workshop- open to all
7.00: The Colchester Pipe and Drum band
7.30 THE GREAT SAMBA ECONTRO: Boudica Samba, Essex Samba and Suffolk Samba

THE CASTLE STAGE (Sponsored by Dream 100 FM) from
11.15: VIXATION: Local classic rock: Richard Young, Russell Briggs, Elliott Brock, Victoria Eldon.
12.15 ADP Stage School: ADP Theatre school is based in Wivenhoe, Colchester and run by local professional singer ANGIE DIGGENS.
1.00 JAZZHANDS: Performance from this friendly and fun dance class.
1.30: EXALTATION CHOIR: gospel, spirituals and more contemporary songs.
2.00 STAGECOACH: Performance by this down-to-earth training school for four to eighteen year-olds in the disciplines of dance, drama and singing.
3.45: GITANE HOTCLUB. –purveyors of Manouche Jazz (Gypsy Jazz), and play an intriguing melange of Hot Club de Paris swing (Django / Grappelli) and French / German cafe standards of the 1930s / 1940s (Edith Piaf / Marlene Dietrich).”


7.30 MAIN BANDS: Darien Prophecy / Rainbow band. Prophecy has been defined as “A divinely inspired utterance” and this description is fitting for this amazingly talented singer who has come out of the Mandeville countryside in Jamaica to reside in the UK.
Reggae Rainbows have been in the recording business since the 80s where their first recording was in the group called Jah Warriors which Lloyd Duppy Clarke was the founder member. They have toured with the likes of Curtis Mayfield, the mighty diamonds, yellow man, culture, plus many more to name a few.

Well done to everyone involved in the Carnival for putting together what sounds like a very impressive lineup – now lets all hope for great weather on the day!

Carnival opportunity for artists

Dorian Kelly (Artistic Director for Colchester Carnival) has asked for this news to be passed around as widely as possible:

Artists opportunity from Illuminati Creative Arts in conjunction with Colchester Carnival 2011, Slack Space, and Firstsite.

Artists who live or work in the Essex and Suffolk area are invited to apply to take part in a 3 day Carnival Arts training course, There are spaces for 12 people. The course, normally costing £300, is fully funded and is completely free .

The training takes place at Slack Space in Colchester in from Sunday 15th May to Tuesday 17th May inclusive, and is led by professional trainers from Rampage Mas Band from Luton – the home of British carnival. The work covers design and construction of carnival costume and props. It will be very intensive but extremely rewarding, leading to an optional opportunity to create and show something special for Colchester Carnival, which takes place on July 16th 2011, The Colchester Free Festival on August 27th and potentially for the “Sparks Will Fly” , the Essex Big Event in 2012.

The course includes basic materials and notes. You will be expected to attend each day from 10.00 – 17.00 with a break. There may be opportunities for you to work on independently until later. Tea and coffee will be provided, but artists will be responsible for their own meals.

Although the training is free, the quid pro quo is that the artists will have to commit to at least three evenings, or one complete day on a weekend in the weeks leading up to the Colchester carnival, working in one of the local community centres with the local carnival groups cascading your knowledge and helping them design and make carnival costumes and paradable objects.

To apply, email CV and up to six images of previous work ( which need not be carnival-based but which shows style and imagination) to marking the subject line “Carnival Training” with a short piece, no more than 100 words about why you would like this training. Applicants must be sure that they will be available on these dates.

Applications must be received by April 22nd. The successful artists will be informed by April 27th.

Dorian Kelly

more info:

Hopefully, that’ll be of interest to some of you!

Colchester carnival open for entries!

Just to let you know that you Colchester Carnival – happening this year on Saturday 16th July – is now open for people to enter, and it’s free to take part in it if you’re not a business!

You can now download an entry form (pdf file) and a hints and tips guide (also pdf) from the carnival website to help you on your way.

There’ll also be regular Carnival meetings in the months leading up to it where the organisers will be answering any questions you might have. They should be in Slack Space (on Queen Street) on the last Wednesday of every month, but I’ll try and post updates closer to the time as a reminder.

Colchester Carnival 2011 public meeting

Just to pass on the information that there’ll be a public meeting about this year’s Carnival – which is set to take place on the 16th July – on Friday 28th January, starting at 7.30pm at the Straight Road centre. More information on the official carnival website here.

Colchester Carnival returns!

Just quick plug for Colchester’s Carnival, which returns this year after too long away on Saturday September 5th. As I’m going to be away on that day, I can’t make it along to help out on the day, so this is my attempt to help out. So, if you want to take part in the carnival – and I’m informed there’s always room for more floats, bands and whatever else – there’s details available by clicking here. Volunteers are also needed to collect for the various charities, if you want to help in that way.

Or, just turn up on the day and have fun – I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures when I get back!