Ol’ Time Carnival: Bacchanal in the Plantation Yard
July 29 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A lively presentation of traditional Carnival characters set to narration, music and dance in an open, barrier free setting. A free, interactive event offering an opportunity to learn about the origins of Caribbean Carnival and folklore.
Our mandate is to Engage, Educate and Entertain!
Our project entails researching the characters we intend to present, as well as writing a new script and story for the event. We will, as a collective, create the costumes based on folklore, choreograph the dance and coordinate the drumming and calypso songs which fit in with the theme. We engage a number of skilled artists who, like us, are passionate about maintaining the origins of Carnival art and culture. These include: Swizzlestick Theatre, Joel ‘Connector’ Davis (reigning Calypso Monarch), King Cosmos (Calypsonian), Club Carib of Oshawa Dance Theatre, multiple ‘celebrity’ performers like Kara and Shawn of the Karabana Blog Spot, De CocoPanyol (Blogger), Mr. Meggy (soca artist), and many more. In total, we have about 30-50 performers for each event, in costume or playing music. An important part of the project is the actual creation of the costumes as a collective event. This allows us to share the history of the creations with the team and to educate the young people we invite to be part of the project. In the Mas Camp (where we create the costumes and rehearse the presentation), we have a committed team who are there every day to do the work. Their children, friends and associates also get involved. We reach out to t he local community and encourage involvement.