We have been commissioned by RHS Tatton Flower Show to produce The Great Garden Carnival from 23rd – 27th July 2014 in their Escape Zone. Over the week we will be sending out our dancing flutter of butterflies along as well as our vibrant flower-inspired dress wearers who will be carrying large umbrellas adorned with fresh flowers. As well as the dance groups there will be 4 different percussion groups parading through Tatton Park bringing a fantastic taste of Carnival to RHS Tatton Flower Show for the first time.
“ This colourful, vibrant parade is taking place twice daily throughout the show and will feature floral umbrellas designed and made by Verdure Floral Design, native butterfly people and toe-tapping percussion to entertain visitors. The parade will finish at the bandstand in Escape, where the carnival vibe will continue. The parade is being organised by Cabasa Carnival Arts, which is a leading multi-regional carnival arts organisation, producing large scale, spectacular outdoor work, which keeps the community at its heart “
Since May 2014 we have been creating large global and British butterflies, flower dresses inspired by the fresh flower umbrellas and a set of tall tropical wings. We have teamed up with Cheshire Dance, who will be providing 25 dancers from the local area daily for the parade and also Verdure Flower Design, who have been creating the spectacular umbrellas.Global Grooves, Jubacana, Juba do Leão and BeatLife will be bringing exciting carnival rhythms to Tatton Park throughout the week.
Our creations were first premiered at Manchester Day 2014. We had a group of our fantastic dedicated volunteers who helped create the butterflies and dresses, parading through the packed streets of Manchester for this annual spectacle celebrating all things Manchester.
We have also recently received a grant from Arts Council England for the artistic and organisational development of Cabasa Carnival Arts. Their support will ensure the growth of our organisation and secure more exciting commissions such as this one.