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Design and Deliver

My Design & Deliver by Esta Suma Design & Deliver is Leeds West Indian Carnival’s Arts Council England supported programme to support and nurture talented young people aged 18-35 with an interest in gaining skills needed to play an active role in Caribbean Carnival. Since 2014, working with partners including BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Look North, BBC 1Xtra, Carnival designers and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Design & Deliver has provided opportunities for participants to shadow experts in the creative and production aspects of Carnival including, photography, videography, presenting, events management and costume design. Esta Suma gave us an insight to her Continue Reading


Pop Up Carnival Returns!

Head to Masham Market Place in North Yorkshire on Sunday 6th May as Europe’s longest running Caribbean Carnival parade brings wow factor to Stage 4 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire . Leeds Pop Up Carnival’s jaw dropping costume creations, high energy dance moves, joyful soca and calypso music are all set to transform Masham with an unexpected slice of Carnival in the heart of God’s own county.  Over 30 stunning costumes adorned with gorgeous feathers, glittering gems and sparkling sequins will join mini parades from the Town Hall leaving at around 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Come early, pick a good Continue Reading


2017 Carnival winners

Hats off to all the designers, makers and participants who competed for 2017’s Leeds Carnival 50 titles.  The stakes were higher than ever for everyone taking part. Let’s take a look at the winners.


A Brief History of Pan

Pan Master Dudley Nesbitt

Pan Master Dudley Nesbitt is all set to take us on a musical journey at A Brief History of Pan. Wednesday 2nd May 2018 7pm – 9pm RJC Dance Studio @ The Mandela Centre, Leeds LS7 3HY Born in the Caribbean and delighting the world since the early 20th century, the sweet sound of steel pan has roots in rebellion and uprising. From Trinidad and Tobago to the streets of Leeds steel pan is at the heart of authentic Caribbean Carnival, brought to popularity in England by the Windrush Generation, as time goes by it is an artform whose existence Continue Reading


A Taste Of Carnival

A Taste of Carnival workshop 2017

A TASTE OF CARNIVAL – FAMILY WORKSHOP DAY  Date                Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April 2018                       Admission       A one off registration fee of £5 payable to register and secure your booking Venue               Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place Leeds 7 Time                  Please arrive for sign in from 10:00am Workshops start 10:30am prompt. The day will end by around 4:30pm following group performances. You can register online here Who is A Taste of Carnival for? This is a family event sharing carnival arts and crafts with children aged 6-15 accompanied by an adult. Adults – come prepared to Continue Reading


Queen of Chapeltown

Queen of Chapeltown at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tickets now on sale The Carnival Golden anniversary celebrations continue with Queen of Chapeltown.  Join West Yorkshire Playhouse as a company of professional actors and community participants come together to share and celebrate the story of the birth of Leeds West Indian Carnival. Woven from first hand accounts collected by Colin Grant, curated by Burt Caesar and directed by Associate Director Amy Leach; The Queen of Chapeltown follows the stories of those who campaigned, sewed and danced their way to the first carnival in 1967 and of one woman’s journey to become a Carnival Queen. 13-15 Sept. Book tickets –


Leeds Carnival 50 King & Queen Show is Friday evening!

Always a highlight of the Leeds Carnival, the 50th anniversary King & Queen Show is finally here, taking place Friday evening at a sold out West Yorkshire Playhouse. The stakes have never been higher as a host of incredible costumes from across the country compete to be Leeds Carnival King & Queen 2017, taking their place in the history books as the victors in our 50th year. The stunning Carnival Choir will be performing, as will world-renowned soca artist Edwin Yearwood thanks to the support of Leeds 2023. We are also very excited to announce two new partners for this Continue Reading


Carnival on the big screen and beamed worldwide

A lot has changed since we started Europe’s first Carnival 50 years ago, and it’s safe to say being able to stream the entire event to the world live was something we never expected to be able to do. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook Live, wherever you are, you’ll be able to watch all the action from this Bank Holiday Monday’s Carnival unfold and judge the troupes for yourself over on our Facebook page. For those lucky enough to be joining us in Leeds to celebrate, we will also have two big screens beaming all the action so you Continue Reading


International Stars arrive for Leeds Carnival 50

Edwin Yeardon

Leeds Carnival never fails to attract the biggest names, and they’re out in force this weekend for our 50th birthday. We are privileged to welcome Barbadian soca music star Edwin Yearwood (pictured above) to Leeds, with the “Soca King” appearing across the city to join the celebrations with us. Anyone lucky enough to grab a ticket for our now-sold-out King & Queen Show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday evening will be treated to a special guest appearance from Edwin. If you weren’t lucky enough to grab tickets, the entire show will be streamed live in both the Leeds Continue Reading