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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Carnival designer to host pre World Party in the Park Popley workshops

LEADING Notting Hill Carnival designer Clary Salandy will soon be in town as part of preparation for this year’s World Party in the Park. Craft education charity The Making has arranged for Trinidad-born Clary to come to Popley to introduce Mas-making or Masquerade to Basingstoke families.

Some of Clary's work.
 Copyright image by Mahogany
 Her free Caribbean Carnival workshops will take place at the Popley Spotlight Centre during the Easter and summer half-term holidays. The families will make sculptures and costumes to be worn at the Children’s Parade in Eastrop Park on June 30. Clary said: “Carnival grew out of slavery and protest, and is a legacy passed on to people like me.” Her parents took part in carnivals in Trinidad, and her father before her made carnival costumes when he was young. Today, Clary’s costumes are legendary throughout the world. She continued: “I want to take spectators’ breath away! It’s all about impact and affirmation, bringing the world of imagination to life. It should be awe-inspiring. “I create costumes that have inherent movement, but at the end of the day, the life of the costume belongs to the performer and they should be able to feel that they can do something exciting with it.” Mahogany, the company Clary co-founded, prides itself on passing on Carnival traditions and skills to other artists and particularly to young people through its workshop programme.

 Their award winning collaborations have been featured in the Caribbean, London, Paris, Nice, Sweden, United States and Trinidad and act as a catalyst for bringing together people from culturally diverse backgrounds. *Workshops will take place on April 2 – 4, and from June 5 – 7 at the Spotlight Centre in Popley. They are free but are on first come first served basis, so people will need to get there early to be sure of a place. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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