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Register for a taste of carnival workshop leeds 2017



Get in gear for Leeds Carnival 50 with the perfect bank holiday fun, entertainment and learning for all the family! Starting on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May, thanks to Arts Council England funding over the next year we will be holding Taste of Carnival workshops for families to learn the arts and crafts of Caribbean Carnival together. From basic costume making and blinged-up crafts, soca dance moves and playing pan, to carnival-ising t-shirts with your own style, this workshop series is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Carnival, no matter what time of year!

Open to children age 6 to 15 accompanied by an adult, We are registering now for the first Taste of Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday at Leeds West Indian Centre.

Sorry everyone but we’re full up and registration is now closed!

Sign up now for carnival craft and dance sessions;

  1. Make a bling-sparkling Carnival Cup!
  2. Learn steel pan basics with Melvin Zakers.
  3. Bring your own t-shirt to customise.
  4. Learn and perform soca dance moves with RJC Dance’s Nillanthie Morton

 Look for more Taste of Carnival workshops in the months ahead!

Photo: Max Farrar

Good listeners wanted! 

We’re on the hunt for volunteers who are good listeners with an ear for a great story who can help us to seek out and capture the untold stories of the people and communities who have helped Leeds West Indian Carnival along their remarkable 50 year journey. Continue reading


Troupe and Costume Registration 2017

Deadline for registration is Friday 7th April

In this historical 50th anniversary year, we anticipate that troupe and costume participation will be bigger than ever and already have huge interest from across the UK and beyond. By registering early we will be able to plan and make the best arrangements we can for what looks set to be the most anticipated Carnival in our 50 year history.

To register please download the form and email it to or post to Leeds West Indian Carnival, 82 Sheepscar Street North, Leeds LS7 3AF.

Fill in the online form here or

Click below to download the form



Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage

We’re delighted to say that as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we have been awarded an Our Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage project which will showcase the Carnival’s heritage and history this year. Continue reading

Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016


The countdown is on! May 21st marks 100 days to Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016!

We’re expecting another bumper year on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August with thousands expected for the unrivalled atmosphere, great music, and food, not to mention the sparkling parade of floats and hundreds of stunning costumes from across the UK. Continue reading


Counting Down to Carnival!

The countdown to Leeds West Indian Carnival begins with some great announcements for carnival arts in 2015 and beyond.

Thanks to Arts Council England funding for two years, the jaw dropping Leeds Carnival King & Queen Show will return to West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) after last year’s phenomenal sell out debut at the prestigious theatre. The funding will also take Leeds Carnival on de Road to other UK carnivals and provide amazing opportunities for young people to shadow experts in carnival arts and at incredible placements with our BBC Radio Leeds and WYP partners.

And that’s not all! Three year support for our annual events programme from Leeds City Council’s arts@leeds funding will continue our efforts to showcase the spectacle, joy and heritage of Caribbean carnival arts to audiences from near and far. Continue reading