This category is for those permanent groups which have been formed to preserve and develop carnival-related arts, and "perform" them primarily at Carnivals like Notting Hill, but also at other festivals. It may include "mas" bands (from the original Trinidadian idea of masquerade), voluntary groups, community arts/education organisations, and professional companies.
An event like Notting Hill or Leeds Carnival is much more than a "one-off" day; it takes a whole year of preparation, designing, costume-designing. The steel pan bands, percussion groups, and dance troupes need to form and rehearse.
Fox Carnival Band
Aims to celebrate children's art and to facilitate the development of youthful creativity, by creating "standards" for young artists to parade in carnival. Information about events, programme, and registration.
A London-based international arts company specialising in site-specific carnival events. Includes reporting on their contribution to national and international celebrations, photo galleries, news and contact details.
London School of Samba
Dedicated to performing a range of Brazilian music and dance styles; includes profile, gig and tour listing, details of workshops and carnival participation, and booking information.
A group of multi-disciplinary artists who design and create large scale kinetic sculptures/carnival costumes for local as well as international events. Information workshops, materials supply, and contact. [London]
Design and create giant puppets, costumes, masks and floats for carnivals, festivals, community projects and theatre. Information about current and past projects, with a photo gallery.
Paraiso School of Samba
Organises samba classes, percussion workshops, events, costume making and carnival arts workshops, and educational projects through the year to prepare for Notting Hill Carnival. Guide to shows, booking information, and details of membership.
People's World Carnival Band
A community organisation creating a carnival costume annually for Notting Hill, whose themes are chosen to make a social commentary. Includes profile, history, photo gallery, events and news.
An events company aimed at the Caribbean diaspora; information about their events, carnival participation, company profile, and booking details.
Pure Lime Chocolate Mas
A fantasy float that participates annually in Notting Hill Carnival. Includes description, history and photographs. [London]
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