About the Artistic Director

  • Emily Wood

    Lead Carnival Artist
    As Artistic Director of Cabasa Carnival Arts since 2009, Emily Wood’s vision to spread the techniques and traditional methods of costume development and fabrication has already made huge leaps in the quality and appeal of carnival artistry in the Northwest. Emily’s first introduction to Afro-Brazilian percussion at the tender age of 18 set her on a course, which in 2009 saw her become the Artistic Director of Cabasa Carnival Arts. As a trained singer, Emily has greatly enjoyed exploring the depth of knowledge surrounding the musical styles of Brazilian song, and has a great deal and flair for Afro-Brazilian dance. Her work in the Northwest and beyond is ever gathering momentum; her portfolio already boasts several large-scale outdoor carnival costume displays such as the Afoxe Manchester (2009), Exodus Movement for the People (2011), Junk Jam (2012) and Journey of the Orixas (2013),…