Participants for this year’s Street Carnival are being encouraged to focus on this theme to come up with ideas for their presentations on Carnival Day. We want to see this theme not only in carnival costumes but also on the floats accompanying the troupes on the road. Let’s paint pictures using the vast array of colours available to us creatively, as we celebrate and reflect on what carnival means to us as a people living in a multi-cultural city like Leicester.
Let’s paint pictures using the vast array of colours available to us creatively, as we celebrate and reflect on what carnival means to us as a people living in a multi-cultural city like Leicester.
Many different civilizations have experimented, learned and used colour and today we are still learning about how colour affects us and its importance in our lives. Colour in everyday life is very diverse, from knowing that a fruit is ripe to eat, to understanding how colour can affect our moods.
Research shows that the colour “Blue” can be calming and relates to self expression, speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements, spirit of truth and purpose. “Red” on the other hand relates to self awareness. That is to say our awareness of ourselves as human beings and our place on earth. It is the area of survival and relates to our basic human instincts of fight or flight. Red gives us courage and strength and relates to stability and security.
Ancient Egyptians used colour for therapy. Records show that they have been using colour for cures and ailments. They worshipped the sun, knowing that without light there can be no life. They looked at nature and copied it in many aspects of their lives. The floors of their temples were often green – as the grass which then grew alongside their river, the Nile. Blue was a very important colour to the Egyptians too; the colour of the sky. They built temples for healing and used gems (crystals) through which the sunlight shone.
Your challenge then is to use your imagination and create something magical which will leave Leicester spellbound this summer. Tell stories without saying a word, Colour your world in the way only you can. There is colour everywhere. Under the sea, Up in the mountains, in the valleys, the universe. You name it, its everywhere.
The challenge is on and apart from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for floats and troupes there will be prizes for creativity, use of colour and theme.
We are looking for volunteers to serve as street carnival stewards and collectors, stall monitors and in other roles. On the artistic side we are always scouting for talent and provide support to groups wishing to produce a costumed band. The opportunities are varied so feel free to contact us either by email or on the phone.
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