New carnival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.Magical free event for East London

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014. Starts: 12 p.m.

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WHAT: Great British Carnival – a free event for the family

WHO: Local and international carnival artistes, costumed characters, giant creatures, performers, dancers and musicians.

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

WHEN: Sunday 27 July, 12pm to 9.30pm, with the Carnival of the Animals finale performance at 8.30pm

Lion faceAre you ready to be a featured creature? Witness the Carnival of the Animals in their habitat in London's Queen Elizabeth Park - and join in their prowling parade of colour and light in July.

Great British Carnival will be a breath-taking event of dance, infectious music, performance and costume, presenting the world premiere of The Carnival of the Animals: a magical twilight crescendo of costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and extraordinary illumination.

The Carnival is free and opens at 12pm, with the finale beginning at 8.30pm. The day ends at 9.30pm.

You’ll enjoy:

The Carnival of the Animals finale: a magical and memorable climax featuring Shademakers, Mandinga Arts, Rhythms of the City, Mahogany, 300 dancers, members of carnival communities from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, musicians and carnivalesque creatures illuminated by pyrotechnic performers from Britain's oldest carnival in Bridgwater.

Dhol AcademyPop-Up Parades: impromptu parading throughout the Park throughout the day, led by Great British Carnival artists, where you can get involved. Join Shademakers UK, Dhol Academy, Maracatudo Mafua, Mahogany, Kinetika Bloco, Orchestra Bombo, Mandinga Arts, Paraiso School of Samba, London School of Samba, Pandemonium, Inspiration Arts, Sardines, Unity, Para Carnival, Old Orleans, Pioneer Dance and more

Heart of Carnival Village at Mandeville Place: mask-making, costume-making, face painting, Rickshaw Samba Squad, Carnival jam, workshops in float decoration, Stratford Circus Juggling Workshop, capoeira, samba, salsa, improvisation, soca.

The Great British Carnival Truck stage: Wayne Rollins (MC), with music from Old Orleans, Croydon Steel, Minibloco & Alexander D Great, Orchestra Bombo, Stage Door, London School of Samba, Maracatudo Mafua, Monobloco’s Fabio Allman & Rhythms of the City.

The Ship of Fools stage: CarnivalXtra with Don & Bowaa (MCs), Blank Fiction, Hanna's Marines, Shemzy, James deCosta, Miss Sha, Boy Nash, King Kash, Ayshamar, Ak Rekz, Infecta, Jolade, Lyrically Challenged, C Cane, Izara B, Minibloco & Mystro, Mila Falls, Cielo.

Micro-sound systems of World, Latin and African music.

Gladdy WaxOrbit Green: Spirit of Carnival Sound Collective with Solution Sound, Gladdy Wax, Jah Observer, Pax Nindi aka Harare Dread

Spoken Word Theatre Room in association with Bingly Bongly, Gypsy Stars, Ellen Blane, Sylvia Mwenze, Mystro (solo set), Alexander D Great (solo set), Charl King.

Music Room in association with Movimientos, featuring Croydon Steel, Simeon Turtle, Sister Sidney and Modulation.

Carpenter's Lock in association with Access to Music, Focus Organisation & Worm Food, featuring Sam Way Paraiso, Five-O Band and The Melodians.


In the run-up to the event, communities in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest can participate in free music, dance and mask making workshops, learning routines with a view to joining in the pop-up parades on the big day.

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This event is delivered by Artaha Productions with the London Legacy Development Corporation and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Carnival of the Animals finale is being funded by Arts Council England.

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