Carnival reimagined #16
27 January 2021
Carnival Reimagined Summary
Repost from the @bramleystudio account from 1 – 5 December 2020.
Due to the Coronavirus global pandemic, for the first time in its 50 year plus history, the Notting Hill Carnival did not take place on the streets of West London.
As an interdisciplinary socially engaged artist, I wanted to explore how Carnival Culture’s values of love, unity, inclusion and self-expression could therefore be re-imagined through alternative virtual spaces and creative activities.
I was grateful to the @deptfordx residency programme for providing the opportunity for the Lin Kam Carni Crew to experiment with ideas of how to share some of the positive energy of carnival, in light of ongoing social distancing restrictions.
For the month-long residency during August 2020, I invited @azarraamoy @safalalaala & @pastakebab to join me drawing upon the community spirit of Deptford Market, with its charismatic stall holders, friendly shop owners and the colourful regulars to Deptford Market.
Outcomes of the residency included: connecting with Brazilian band @baquedeaxe, @iriedancetheatre, a carnival special radio show produced by @pastakebab bringing together community radio stations @aajadeptford (Deptford) with DJs Dani Hendrix and Edward George and @threadsradio (Tottenham), playlist curated by @discworlduk and a shop front window display featuring artwork by @azarraamoy @safalalaala and @linett_kamala
@Lin_kam_art also co-produced with creatives from @somersethousestudios a digital carnival afterparty streamed live from @somersethouse featuring @disyajeneration sound system and guest artists, during the Notting Hill Carnival celebrations.
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