LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL 2017 – CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
With humble beginnings in 1967 as an antidote to the yearning for the Caribbean culture and heritage of a group of West Indian students in Leeds, 2017 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival.
The first in the UK to incorporate all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival – costumes, music and a masquerade procession – it is Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival parade.
Half a century later we are proud to be one of the North’s biggest and most adored annual events.
We hope you’ll join us for our biggest and best celebrations yet. Until then, here’s a taste of what to expect in our golden year, from us and our partners, with more to be announced in the months to come.
From Leeds West Indian Carnival – with love.
I’M CARNIVAL HAPPY
FREE PHOTO BOOTH POPPING UP ACROSS LEEDS
MAY – AUGUST
Commissioned by Leeds Inspired, four carnival artists created headpieces reflecting on our 50 year history. From spring to summer I’m Carnival Happy will tour the city with a pop-up portrait studio collecting 500 portraits of people wearing the stunning creations. Come along, strike a pose and get Carnival Happy!
Headpieces created by Lorina Gumbs, Hughbon Condor, Renata Gordon & Melissa Simon-Hartman. Photographs by Lizzie Coombes & Paul Floyd Blake.
VENUES: For pop-up studio dates visit www.leedsinspired.co.uk
LEEDS CARNIVAL ON DE ROAD
JUNE – AUGUST
Look out for us as we take #CarnivalHappy on the road to our UK carnival family in Preston, Derby, Leicester and Manchester.
Preston Caribbean Carnival – June 25th
Derby Caribbean Carnival – July 16th
Leicester Caribbean Carnival – August 5th
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester – August 12th
POP UP CARNIVAL
JUNE – AUGUST
We’ll be popping up with the music, dance and costume spectacle of Carnival in unexpected places. Will it be a beach? Could we be brightening up your train station commute or your city centre shopping? Or will we appear in your neighbourhood?
Keep an eye out for more details!
VENUES & DATES:
Saturday 8th July
Leeds Train Station 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Victoria Gate in front of John Lewis 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Saturday 19th August
Victoria Quarter Leeds
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HERITAGE
Our Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage programme will proudly celebrate and showcase the heritage and history of Leeds West Indian Carnival. Made possible by an Our Heritage grant from Heritage Lottery Fund and featuring;
- LEEDS CARNIVAL 50 HERITAGE EXHIBITION • CARNIVAL CHRONICLES • RECREATING THE SUN GODDESS
50 YEARS OF LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL EXHIBITION
AUGUST 12th – OCTOBER 29th
An exploration and celebration of the dynamic cultural, visual and political legacy of Leeds West Indian Carnival curated by Sonya Dyer and captured by photography, sound, costumes, archive material, workshops and symposia and with touring to community and city locations.
VENUE: The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ and touring locations across Leeds.
Charting a love story spanning 50 years, from the Caribbean to Leeds, Melody and Cyril tell their story of migration, love, loss and celebration. Carnival Chronicles is embroidered
with key moments from our half century history and the real memories of the pioneers and community that brought Carnival to the city. Written
and directed by Zodwa Nyoni.
ADMISSION: Free by ticket only
September 11th – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP
October 20th – Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds 7
October 21st – Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Leeds 7
RECREATING THE SUN GODDESS
Leeds costume design supremo Hughbon Condor recreates The Sun Goddess – the very first Leeds Carnival Queen costume, on display at the Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage Exhibition from August to October.
CARNIVAL PRINCE AND PRINCESS SHOW
SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST
Junior Kings and Queens kick off the Carnival season in rainbow creations. Who will be Leeds Carnival Prince & Princess 2017? Find out at this fun-filled, entertainment packed family show.
VENUE : Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place, Leeds LS7 3AJ
ADMISSION: 16+ £3 under 16’s £2
CARNIVAL KING AND QUEEN SHOW
FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST
For the incredible costumes from across the UK competing to be Leeds Carnival King & Queen 2017, the stakes have never been higher in this our 50th year. With maximum wow-factor, introducing the stunning Carnival Choir, acclaimed artist Clary Salandy’s modern version of The Sun Goddess (our first Carnival Queen) and a special guest international performance courtesy of Leeds 2023, this is a golden anniversary must-do. Suitable for age 16 plus with parental guidance.
VENUE: West Yorkshire Playhouse
INFORMATION: Keep an eye on our website and www.wyp.org.uk for ticket release date.
SOCA MONARCH SHOW
SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST
A favourite with fans of Carnival and authentic Caribbean music and rhymes, contestants pit their songs, lyrical skills and razor sharp humour for the Soca Monarch 2017 crown. Suitable for age 18+.
VENUE: Leeds West Indian Centre
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH AUGUST
Set your alarm and start Carnival Day the Caribbean way with this traditional early morning soca music jam and mini parade. PS It’s never too early to jam!
VENUE: Mini procession leaves from Leeds West Indian Centre
TIME : 6am
THE 50th ANNIVERSARY LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL PARADE
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH AUGUST
It’s been 50 years in the making! With dazzling costumes and Caribbean beats, amazing stalls, fun fair rides and delicious world cuisine our 2017 Carnival parade is all set to bring joy to the streets of Leeds. The burst of colour, unbelievable creations, infectious rhythms and an unrivalled welcoming atmosphere make this is the perfect family day out. Look out for news of special guest international performances on the main stage courtesy of Leeds 2023.
PARADE START AND FINISH: Potternewton Park, Leeds 7
ADMISSION : FREE for all the family
INFORMATION: www.leedscarnival.co.uk for updates and parade route details
We’re not the only ones marking our 50th Anniversary! Our friends at Light Night Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse will be celebrating too.
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE
SEPTEMBER 11 – 15
West Yorkshire Playhouse will mark our 50th birthday with a major week of artistic activity including new plays commemorating Carnival’s history and a screening of the celebrated Carnival Messiah originally created by the late Geraldine Connor.
VENUE: West Yorkshire Playhouse Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
THE NIGHT CARNIVAL AT LIGHT NIGHT LEEDS 2017
THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Join us as we kick off Light Night Leeds 2017 in style with a spectacular illuminated Night Carnival. Experience the glow of carnival as the parade weaves its way through Leeds City Centre in an explosion of phenomenal costumes, music and light!
VENUE: Leeds City Centre
SHOW TIME: 7.30pm
ADMISSION: FREE for all the family