There will be performance areas in CULVER SQUARE, LION WALK, ELD LANE, TRINTYSTREET and courtesy of LUSH, the cosmetics shop, in their premises in SIR ISAAC’SWALK, as well as the MARKET AREAS and it starts at 11.00 am with a grand opening by the Mayor Cllr Helen Chua and guests and the Colchester Town Watch in CulverSquare.
THE CARNIVAL PARADE!
Here are just some of the amazing things you will be able to see in the parade in no particular order. (subject to final confirmation)
The main part of theparade sta rts from Abby Fields, but for logistical and technical reasons, someparts of it will start from Headgate instead: So if you want to see the wholeparade in all its glory, we recommend you to watch it in Head Street or High Street.
OldKing Coel: The Colchester Trumpeter: The Amazing Indian Bicycle Rickshaw withthe Colchester Heroes: The Jugnu Dhol Drummers: The Colchester Town Watch: Paula Baker and Footprints TheatreCompany The Cycle Parade- decorated cycles, unicycles, tricycles, tandems:Slack Space, with Colin the Dragon and his two fiery dragonettes, and the rest of his friends: Suffolk Schoolof Samba Band: Romans and TheBoudica Chariots: The Colchester Pipe and Drums: The Red Hat Ladies: DarienProphecy Reggae: Open Road and the SOS Bus: The Scouts Band: First Strokes:Akula Tribal Belly Dance Group: Colchester Time Bank and Volunteering Centre: Greenstead Community Centre: JoJingles: Go Bananas: Laura Rampton School of Dance: Valhalla Vilkings: AnniesFantasies N.W. Clog Morris Team: Fisher Jones Greenwood: Colchester Gladiators: ColchesterHistorical Re-enactment society: Dancers from the Indian community: Lepra:Essex Samba: Urban Allstars: Costume groups/ fancy dress: MC Linguar:Performers and citizens from the Ghurkha and Nepalese communities: Souterraine Choir: Dave Fowler: The EssexBlades Cheerleaders: Scots Dancers: Colchester Cat Rescue: Funky Voices Choir:People of the Chinese andAfro-Caribbean communities: CarolGale School of Dance: Valentines School of Dance: Stillwaters Church: Sound System and Steel Band: RosemaryHill School of Dance: African Drums from DrumKultur and the Saturday drummingworkshop: The Ormiston Trust: Boudica Samba: Best Foot Forward: Jazz Hands
And many, many others from the wider community and the local activity groups
Colchester Carnival’s Street and Park Festival
Colchester Carnival is not just a parade! We have arranged an entire day of music, dance, and sheer family fun for you throughout the streets of Colchester and in the Castle Park to put you in theparty mood for the most spectacular procession that Colchester has ever seen!A dazzling arrayof entertainers, dancers and musicians has been assembled by the artisticDirector of the Carnival, DorianKelly, of Illuminati on behalf ofthe Colchester Round Table. It will take placefrom 11.30 am on Saturday 16th July on Culver Square, Lion Walk,Trinty Street, and Sir Isaacs Walk with buskers through the rest of the towncentre, and of course, throughout the Park.
CULVER SQUARE 11.20- 4.00
Free Face Painting for children at Costa CoffeeHouse, Culver Square!
Starting with anopening by The Mayor, The Worshipful Mayor and Mayor’s Escort Cllr. Helen Chua and Cllr Mike Hoggat 11.30 we kick off with theamazing 26-piece contemporary choir FUNKY VOICES.
Then ANNIESFANTASIES, Colchester’s own traditional clog morris dancers with liveconcertina and melodieon music from Paul McCann.
This is followedby some fantastic and highly enjoyable operatic arias from CORRINNA DOLFO.
A special treat THEHAT CHECK HONEYS- Helene and Julie – a sassy, witty duo will be bringing their own brand of swing.
AKULA TRIBALBELLY DANCERS then take the square by storm with some amazing set-piece dancesfrom various cultures.
Then a realtreat from Colchester’s rising stars LADY BIRD AND THE LARKS, with their ownself-penned songs which take ahighly entertaining but wry look at life.
The we havecontemporary dance from one of our local dance schools, followed by a set from THE MEDDLARS – traditional songs and music from theBrisish Isles- and some surprises, too!
LION WALK, from 11.30 – 4.00 pm
Free face painting for Children at The Costa Coffee House, Lion Walk!
Another chanceto see
AKULA TRIBALBELLY DANCERS- exotic!
THE MEDDLARS,Traditional Songs and instrumentals
ANNIES FANTASIESCLOG- from the NW of England Morris Tradition
LADY BIRD ANDTHE LARKS – 5 piece girl group- unmissable!
FUNKY VOICES 26incredible voices.
And somethingunique: THE GITANE HOT CLUB a new band who will be serving someFrench-style café jazz Django- Reinhardt style
TRINITY STREET 11.30 – 3.00
A full programmeof Dance events including Clog Morris dancing, Belly Dancing, Street Dance andmuch more besides:
LUSH! Live music at SIR ISAACS WALK – in the shop or in the Street if fineweather 11.30-17.30
GRASSHOPPER– Bluegrass trio with coolharmonies and fine songs
HARMONISE– A gifted a cappella choir with music from around the world
GRAHAMTIDD – a man of many instrumentsand some great songs
THEHAT CHECK HONEYS – Helene and Julie – a sassy, witty duo bringing their own brand of swing to any occasion
DINOSUARBLUES- Singer,/guitarist andharmonica duo, old and new blues
TEATIME ASSORTMENT – a curious assortment of musicians with a curious assortmentof music! Traditional andcontemporary folk, new and old.
PAULRILEY AND CAROLE – a giftedguitarist together with a chanteuse with an attachment to Edith Piaf
NOSTRINGS ATTACHED – Anglo-French acapella duo with songs in English and Breton.
ADAMHAYES -Talented singer/songwriter with a satin voice and a subtle guitar style
SHANTYCLEAR-Rumbustious practitioners of thetraditional British shanty
Forfull programme of the town centre street events, with timings, see your EVENING GAZETTE a few daysbefore the Carnival day
BUNTING ROOMS, Headgate: 2.00 – 5.00
FreeAfrican Drumming Jembe Workshop followed by a place in the big parade! Foryoung people who are big enough to carry a drum for a mile, Drums provided.
Registerfor your free place on firstname.lastname@example.org Non-drummers welcome to watch.
Everywhereelse in the town centre including the market area will be all your favouritebuskers and musicians: We cannot list them all as they are actingindependently, but it is hopedthat these will include:
THE9-PIECE ZIMBABWEAN SINGERS AND DANCERS
THEROMANIAN STREET BAND
IMODONNELLY AND HER AMAZING MUSIC HALL SONGS
THERACKETT COMAGNIE OF MUSICIANS
ON THE BANDSTAND FROM 11.00 TILL LATE
COLCHESTERROCK PROJECT, Colchester’s ownrising stars from seven at adult will show what they can do!
M.C.LINGUAR – Bodypopping and breakdancing like you have never seen before!
THE ARENA: HOLLYTREES MEADOW
A wide variety of family-friendlyentertainments from :
COLCHESTERPIPES AND DRUMS
SUFFOLKSCHOOL OF SAMBA
Forfull programme with timings seeyour EVENING GAZETTE a few days before the Carnival day
THE CASTLE STAGE (Sponsored by Dream 100FM)
Onthis stage, located next to the Castle, we have many new and upcoming localbands such as
FIXATIONand SPAGHETTI HORSE
Andlocal dnce companies such as :