Carnival Project with iindigo world

Spend your summer holidays creating dances and or costumes and then taking part in the world famous Notting Hill Carnival procession. You will be part of an amazing spectacle, showcasing a mixture of wonderful art forms: dance, body art, costume design, prop making and carnival cooking. Everything will be created by young people working alongside professionals. You can sign up for all strands of the project or a few. 

Last year our dancers won first place in the MAS band competition in the modern/contemporary category on the Sunday. We hope to build on this success. 

We will also be giving performances at the Summer Celebration community festival in St Paul's Park.

This is a five week free project from Monday 25 July - Sunday 27 August with a party and performance on Friday 1 September. You can sign up for one or more of the project stands.

Summerversity Sunday Carnival Project - if you are 13-17 you will be preparing for the SUNDAY Carnival procession

to sign up visit Lift and speak to a youth worker or email

Launchpad Monday Indigo Carnival Project - if you are 18-24 you will be preparing for the MONDAY Carnival procession (note there are more sessions at other venues for this project)

to sign up email or call 07506 137467


TIMETABLE from week beginning Monday 24 July

MONDAYS time ages
Body Painting - Beginners 10am - 1pm 13-17
Body Painting - Advanced 2-5pm 13-17
Afrofusion Dance Beginners 5-7pm 13-17
Afrofusion Dance Advanced 7-9pm 13-17
Creative Empowerment 5.30 - 7.30pm 18-24
Costume Making 10am-2pm 13-17
Pop Up Multi-Art 2-5pm 13-17
Prop making 11am-3pm 13-17
Ambassador meeting (by invite) 6.30-9pm 16-24
Adore Dance 5-7pm 13-17
Carnival Cooking 5-8pm 13-17
Afro-fusion Dance 7-9pm 18-24
Costume Making 10am-2pm 18-24
Drama and Spoken Word 2.30-5.30pm 18-24
Dance with Fumi 5-7pm 18-24
Carnival Cooking 5-8pm  13-17

Adore Dance
This will be a mash-up of different styles including street dance, socca and contemporary.  Improve your technique and experiment with choreography and freestyle. 

Afrofusion Dance
This session is a fusion of different urban dance styles from Socca, Dance Hall and Afrobeats, learning different dance techniques and rehearsing group choreography for the showcase performance.

Body Painting
Beginners: Learn the fun and creative art form of face and body painting with a carnival twist. We will be doing everything from learning to use stencils, creating themed designs, pattern work and free hand painting skills.
Advanced: You will be learning more innovative and technical skills, creating works of art plus doing the more complex body painting for the Notting Hill Carnival. You need to have a level of experience.

Carnival Cooking
Food is the essence of Carnival and we are celebrating the smells and tastes of the Caribbean. Curried goat, jerk chicken and pork, rice and peas, patties, fried dumplings/festivals, ackee and salt fish, fried plantain and roasted sweetcorn will all be on the menu of delicious meals we will make.

Creative Empowerment
Planning all aspects of the carnival shows. We will be doing lots of training and exercises around creativity, leadership, confidence and innovation. For young people who have already participated in Carnival and are acting as mentors this year. You have to be referred into this session.

Costume Making
We will be designing and creating carnival costumes and accessories. Working with different materials and techniques we will create a spectacular showcase.

Pop Up Multi-Art
Each session we will be exploring different aspects of Carnival art and expression and making things to decorate Lift terrace for the show and party.

Prop Making
We will be designing, creating mood boards and constructing props. Working with different materials and techniques to decorate the float and make installations for Lift.