Roll Up Roll Up! Carnival of Colours celebrates its 10th birthday
Celebrating its tenth year, Carnival of Colours brought all the fun of the fair to St Columbs Park Derry-Londonderry last weekend (9th and 10th September), delighting audiences with the very best in local and international street theatre.
The two day spectacular, produced by In Your Space and supported by Arts Council National Lottery funds, featured acts from France, Spain, New Zealand and across the island of Ireland, to create an eclectic showcase of circus, musical and cabaret acts to tickle audiences of all ages.
Highlights included performances from Gentleman Juggler Martin Bigpig, the incredible Strong Lady Betty Brawn, and The Barren Carrousel, with their stunning aerial escapades. Young circus stars from In Your Space Circus School and Belfast Circus School also took to the stage to wow audiences with their skills.
Carnival of Colours is a showcase and celebration of In Your Space Circus’s year-round work with children and young people from communities across the North West, and the Street Theatre and performance work they deliver across Northern Ireland.
Cath McBride, Company and Festival Manager said:
“Carnival of Colours has become a key event in the City’s calendar and something our team are very proud and passionate to produce. The Festival provides a superb platform for showcasing local talent alongside international artists. We hope we have produced an event that creates an atmosphere of happiness, fun and total enjoyment and provides something for everyone, from the littlest to the biggest circus, arts and music fan!”
Every year the Carnival of Colours festival attracts people of all ages from right across the North West and further afield into the city; it brings people together from all walks of life for a shared cultural experience. It also highlights Derry City as an exciting and progressive destination for events and arts activity, offering something for everybody to enjoy.
Gavin O’Connor, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “
Congratulations to In Your Space for creating a truly memorable event to mark the tenth year of Carnival of Colours. The Arts Council is pleased to have once again supported the event through our National Lottery funds. This creative and ambitious festival has fun at its very heart, drawing in crowds from across the city and beyond for a fantastic weekend of entertainment.”
The event is sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland under their National Events sponsorship programme, and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, The Foyle Foundation, and Joe Jackson’s Ice Cream.