Local residents can take part in a unique carnival project over the summer to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Council is working with experienced carnival producers ArtReach to run sessions for children and families thoughout July and August. People right across Bath and North East Somerset can get involved in making costumes and masks and learning samba style drumming and dances.
The project is intended to celebrate the finale of the London 2012 Olympic Games in August, when London hands over the Olympic Torch to Rio de Janeiro for 2016. There will be a Brazilian themed procession leading up to the final event – Rio Carnival Quest – over the August bank holiday weekend, which will be part of the celebrations for the Paralympic Flame Celebration.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get into the carnival spirit as Bath & North East Somerset Council marks the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing costumes on display. We want this project to involve people of all ages and to be really inclusive – the Paralympics Flame Celebration takes place in Bath on Saturday 25 August, so the Carnival will be a celebration of all our communities.”
David Hill, Director of ArtReach said: “We hope lots of local families will take part in this exciting summer holiday project that links the rhythms and sounds of Rio Carnival to Bath and North East Somerset and to the celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It should be a vibrant and colourful project for participants and audiences alike.”
To register your interest in getting involved please contact ArtReach by e-mail at [email protected].