A children’s carnival in the Caribbean later this month will be infused with creativity and cash all the way from Mossley.
Emily Wood is artistic director of Cabasa Carnival Arts based at Vale Mill, Micklehurst Road.
She was also one of the directors and driving forces behind last November’s acclaimed Mossley Light Festival.
Now Emily is off to Trinidad and Tobago for the Red Cross Kiddies Carnival in Port of Spain on February 18.
And thanks to the success of a local Crowdfunder appeal, primary school youngsters’ first ever entry into the Kiddies Carnival promises to be a memorable one.
All funds will be used to buy materials for their ‘Small is Beautiful’ costumes project, incorporating mini butterfly designs. An initial £500 target was passed and raised to £1,000.
Emily will be working with the nine-year-olds and Carnival Studies Unit based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
The ‘Small is Beautiful’ theme was inspired by hummingbirds the children learned about during a visit to a local eco centre.
“Working with local artists and our own team at Cabasa, this will be a fantastic international partnership which we hope will blossom in years to come,” said Cabasa.
“We believe in giving something back to the Carnival community where many of these skills we use came from.
“But we are sure Emily will bring back lots of inspiration and techniques with some Trinidadian Carnival workshops later in the year, and some exciting international links with Trinidad and Mossley.”
To boost the crowdfunding appeal go to: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/small-is-beautiful