Cabasa Carnival Arts in the North West engages with community groups to produce dynamic, creative projects involving a range of cultural traditions and practices. They empower artists and communities to create spectacular carnival presentations that communicate visionary ideas and turn the street into a stage.
The National Lottery funded the development of ‘The Great Garden Carnival’ in 2014 for the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, providing art equipment, volunteer expenses and marketing resources. The Great Garden Carnival celebrated the beauty of the British Garden with a flutter of 18 large hand-painted silk global and British butterflies and a full bloom of silk flower dresses, turning the park into a moving, dancing, vibrant garden of delights. Accompanying this were different live percussion and music, celebrating the diversity of communities from all over the North West.
The project was truly a spectacular event, witnessed by over 16,000 people live and over one million people through broadcast and online media. The Great Garden Carnival really brought a sense of community to a diverse region, spreading this message to spectators and bringing those who had worked on the project together. A team of over 350 volunteers, artists and performers, of all ages, were involved in the street performances.