About Cabasa Carnival Arts


Cabasa Carnival Arts is a leading multi regional carnival arts organisation, producing large scale, spectacular outdoor work, which keeps the community at its heart. Based in Manchester, Cabasa has been delivering high-quality carnival creations in the North-West for the past 17 years, providing a unique and innovative approach to street art and continuing to develop the art-form in the region.
With a dedicated team of artists and volunteers, Cabasa create impressive structures, large puppets, fantastic costume, and promotes the history and heritage of carnival and local communities through percussion, dance, melody, and street theatre.
As Artistic Director, Emily Wood’s vision to spread the techniques and traditional methods of costume development and fabrication has already made a huge impact on the quality and appeal of carnival artistry throughout North West.

What can we help with?

Cabasa can help with just about any element of carnival arts. Here are some examples of the services we can offer.

  • Costume and carnival development and design from scratch
  • Material sourcing and equipment hire
  • Studio space and fabrication
  • Carnival Workshops and performances for schools
  • Workshops and presentations for community groups
  • Venue dressing and festival site dressing
  • Parade management and design
  • Team building workshops for businesses
  • Dance, percussion and voice workshops
  • Performances for corporate events
  • Training and development for group leader
  • Friendly support and advice
  • Fund raising and capacity building support