St. Paul’s Afrikan Caribbean Carnival in Bristol

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The St. Pauls Carnival occurs every year in Bristol, England. This year, the carnival will take place on Saturday, July 4, 2009, celebrating its 42nd anniversary. The 2009 theme is “Leaders of Tomorrow.” Peninah Achieng is the carnival’s chairperson and Pax Nindi is this year’s artistic director.

Activities include parties, an important awards event, and a procession where schools, clubs, and troupes participate. There are also Mas Camps available before the festivities for people who want to join and prepare for the procession. These include workshops in costume making and dancing offered by professional dancers and costume designers. Some of the performing groups expected to take part this year alongside representation from many schools in the region are the St. Paul’s Moko Jumbie (stilt walkers), Bristol Mas Camp Troupe, Bristol Samba, Bloco Ilu Axé, Nottingham Carnival, Rampage Carnival, Flamingo Carnival, and Tropical Isles Carnival.

Other events include entertainment and games for children and music performances of all types, including jazz, hip-hop, rap, reggae, gospel, African music, and diverse types of dance music. A full program is not yet available, but should be posted soon on the official carnival website. Last year’s performances included Helele, Laid Blak, Chemical Dub Theory, and Pax Productions, among other artists, and featured Macka B and his band for the closing event.

For more information, see www.stpaulscarnival.co.uk

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