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Each space explores a facet of carnival culture past and present, and at the heart of the exhibition will be a recreation, by acclaimed-costume designer Hughbon Condor, of the Sun Goddess, the costume worn by the first carnival queen at the inaugural event in 1967.
Carnival Chronicles weaves together the inspirational real-life stories of the pioneers, contributors and communities that brought Europe’s first Caribbean Carnival to the city.
Written and directed by acclaimed Leeds-based playwright, Zodwa Nyoni.
The exhibition also features a specially commissioned Leeds Carnival 50 Map by illustrator Teresa Flavin, which charts important locations and milestone moments throughout the Carnival’s history. 0113 3202323 Sunday 20th August Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place, Leeds LS7 3AJ pm – pm Tickets: Adults £3 Children £2 Junior Kings and Queens kick off the Carnival season in rainbow creations. Find out at this fun-filled, entertainment packed family show.
Friday 25th August, pm West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP Tickets: £12 – limited tickets available Suitable for age 16 plus with parental guidance The stakes have never been higher for the incredible costumes from across the UK competing to be Leeds Carnival King & Queen 2017.
Musical guests include the incredible Carnival Choir featuring 50 voices and musicians performing calypso melodies with choral styling and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Ace will hits the decks for a soca music special.