“Building Community Through the Caribbean Carnival Arts”
Carnival parades have always been vibrant, exciting displays of the visual arts and music in dynamic motion. New carnival traditions have been created as people have emigrated to other countries, including Canada, Great Britain, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands, to name just a few. Migrating carnival artists, like Clary Salandy, have taken the traditions and celebrations with them, celebrating the culture of their countries of origin as well as that of the new communities that they now call home. In an increasingly technological and impersonal world, carnival arts can bridge differences and celebrate human resilience and creativity.
Clary Salandy is an award-winning carnival artist and theatre designer specializing in large scale body sculptures for events such as London’s Notting Hill Carnival and the 2012 London Olympics.
As artistic director of Mahogany Community Ventures Limited, UK, she has established a center of excellence for Carnival, designed to raise awareness of the arts in the community. Mahogany has presented spectacular performances at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Parade, the Millennium Dome Opening Ceremony, Chingay (a Chinese New Year Festival), the Thames Water Festival, Sweden’s Water Festival, and the Brent Diwali Parade.