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Leeds West Indian Carnival

Time to get happy!
 
2017 is the 50th Leeds West Indian Carnival and they're celebrating with a year of carnival happiness!
 
Every year, months of preparation and a frenzy of costume dreams culminate in the official Leeds West Indian Carnival events. This time preparations are extra special as the anticipation builds for our 50th anniversary carnival on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017!
 
With the jaw dropping costumes from across the UK and the perfect recipe of tastes, sights and sounds that make Leeds West Indian Carnival one of Europe’s most adored Caribbean carnivals our golden year promises to be extra special.
 
 
AUGUST 21-29

 

Leeds West Indian Carnival - credit Maria Spadafora

 

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EVENTS

 

LEEDS CARNIVAL 50 HERITAGE EXHIBITION

August 12th – October 29th

The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ with satellite exhibitions in Leeds venues

FREE

An exploration and celebration of the dynamic cultural, visual and political legacy of Leeds West Indian Carnival curated by Sonya Dyer and captured through photography, sound, costumes, archive material, workshops and symposia. The exhibition, which will take over six gallery spaces and the central atrium at the Tetley, is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 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. 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. Made possible by Heritage Lottery Fund support.

www.leedscarnival.co.uk

http://thetetley.org/carnival/ 0113 3202323

 

CARNIVAL PRINCE & PRINCESS SHOW

Sunday 20th August

Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place, Leeds LS7 3AJ

3:00pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: Adults £3 Children £2

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.

www.leedscarnival.co.uk

 

CARNIVAL KING AND QUEEN SHOW

Friday 25th August, 7:00pm

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. With maximum wow-factor, this year’s event introduces a stunning Carnival Choir featuring 50 voices and musicians performing calypso melodies with choral styling; acclaimed artist Clary Salandy’s modern version of The Sun Goddess, the costume worn by the first Carnival Queen in 1967, and a special international musical performance courtesy of Leeds 2023.

www.wyp.org.uk

 

SOCA MONARCH SHOW

Friday 26th August, 10:00pm (show time 11:00pm)

Leeds West Indian Centre, Laycock Place, Leeds LS7 3AJ

Tickets: £10 via Eventbrite

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. Featuring international guest appearances by veteran Trinidadian singer Baron and Nevis Calypso King Dis n Dat plus the very first Leeds Carnival Calypso King, Lord Silky. The hottest soca tracks till late from Godfather and Manchester’s DJ More Fire. Suitable for age 18+.

www.leedscarnival.co.uk

 

THE 50th ANNIVERSARY LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL PARADE

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, from 1pm

Parade starts and ends in Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds LS7

FREE

50 years in the making, 2017 is set to be a record-breaking year for Leeds West Indian Carnival with over 2,000 performers made up more than 30 costumed troupes and 50 large scale King, Queen, Prince and Princess costumes taking part in a dazzling display of costumes, dancing and Caribbean beats on the city’s streets. The parade begins and ends in Potternewton Park, which will also play host to amazing stalls, family fun and delicious world cuisine. The burst of colour, unbelievable creations, infectious rhythms and an unrivalled welcoming atmosphere make this is the perfect family day out. 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.

www.leedscarnival.co.uk

 

CARNIVAL CHRONICLES by Zodwa Nyoni

September 11th, 6:30pm

Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

Tickets: Free from the Box Office on 0113 2137700 or www.wyp.org.uk

Melody and Cyril tell their 50-year story of migration, love, loss and celebration embroidered with real memories of the community that gave us Leeds West Indian Carnival. 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. Made possible with Heritage Lottery Fund support.
www.wyp.org.uk

The work will also tour to:
October 20th 7:30pm
Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds 7
Tickets: Free on Ticket Source via www.leedscarnival.co.uk

October 21st 7:30pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Leeds 7 tickets
Tickets: Free on via Ticket Source on www.sevenleeds.co.uk

 

QUEEN OF CHAPELTOWN by Colin Grant

12th – 15th September, 8pm (BSL Interpreted performance Wednesday 13th September)

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

Tickets: £15

Queen of Chapeltown sees a company of professional actors and community participants come together to share and celebrate the story of the birth of Leeds West Indian Carnival. Woven from first-hand accounts collected by Colin Grant, curated by Burt Caesar and directed by Associate Director Amy Leach, The Queen of Chapeltown follows the stories of those who campaigned, sewed and danced their way to the first carnival in 1967 and of one woman’s journey to become a Carnival Queen. A West Yorkshire Playhouse production.
www.wyp.org.uk

 

Click here for parade route details and map

 

Leeds West Indian Carnival - Costumed performer 2013 - Jason Pitter
CARNIVAL QUEEN 2012 - credit L Wenham
Spectacular costumes will brighten up the streets of Leeds at Leeds West Indian Carnival 2015 - Imag
J'ouvert Morning - credit Leroy Wenham
Leeds West Indian Carnival - ON THE ROAD 2012 - credit Leroy Wenham
PRINCE PRINCESS - PIC KEITH PATTISON
KING & QUEEN SHOW - Leeds Carnival Queen 2016 Charlene Clarke - CREDIT KEITH PATTISON
EXHIBITION - LEEDS CARNIVAL QUEEN SHOW CIRCA 1972 - CREDIT WEST YORKSHIRE ARCHIVE SERVICES

LEEDS CARNIVAL WEBSITE

Leeds West Indian Carnival - credit Maria Spadafora