Photos by Alan Taylor of Planet Vision Images,
and Tony Jones of the blueshawk site.
NEWCASTLE CARNIVAL 2004
Newcastle Under Lyme, May 31st 2004
On 31st May 2004, Planet Sound Community Arts led the 2004 Newcastle Carnival Grand Parade.
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The event was the result of several months work by Planet Sound Community Arts, and involved over 130 people in both the parade and in preperation.
The parade was led by the King and Queen who introduced the audience to the parade. Following the King and Queen were the street entertainers including a majorette, juggling unicyclist and the first wave of banners, showing the audience the Planet Sound logo and some of the words of the carnival piece.
The Front Commission followed and featured dancers who had choreographed routines to fit in with the song and rhythms.
The dancers from the Madula project were the next section who performed their moves in time to the rhythms.
The batteria section followed, providing the rhythm and pace to the piece on a variety of brazillian based percussion including shekeri, hipiki, tamborims, snares and surdus.
The singers and guitarists were closely behind the batteria. This section sang the 2004 Carnival song in harmony and also got the crowds cheering along to the music.
The singers and guitarists were amplified and moved next to the soundcar which carried all the amplifiers, and was donated to the event by the Community Conservation charity.
The banner section followed the singers and carried various decorations including parts of the song motif and logos.
Along the way the parade picked up various characters including Gandalf the wizard!
Water carriers were also part of the parade, and helped keep the performers from dehydration.
The whole parade was dressed in colourful costume - each section reperesenting a different part of the song.
The costume team was headed by Kerrie Francis Williamson and all worked exceptionally hard to provide the perfect visuals for the performers.
Banners and signs were provided by Plan It Signs of Newcastle Under Lyme.
The parade lasted over an hour and was viewed by a reported 40,000 people.
The song was composed by the Planet Sound team as a celebration of the five years of successful community arts projects and was first performed by the Planet Sound team in Churrassco, Hanley in April 2004.
In addition to involving the established projects, Planet Sound Community Arts recruited new members with a series of public performances and rehearsals in Newcastle Under Lyme and Hanley. The public got to see the song performed by the Planet Sound team, and then were able to take part in a workshop and learn the piece themselves.
A leaflet detailing the rehearsal times and song lyrics was distributed at every public event, and members of the public were encouraged to listen to the piece on the Planet Sound Community Arts website and invited to the main rehearsal sessions.
These sessions were held every week at the Planet Sound Community Arts premises and featured costume making, drumming, dancing and singing.
You can listen to the 2004 Carnival song below:
Click here to download in mp3 format.Planet Sound Community Arts would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2004 Carnival programme.
You helped us make this the best Carnival parade yet and it has been a pleasure to work with you all!
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