Children’s charity, Action for Children will partner with the Notting Hill Mas Bands Association (NHMBA), on the forthcoming sixth Grand Carnival Splash, which takes place at Alexandra Palace on the 22nd and 23rd August.
Splash 2009, is hailed as London’s premier pre-carnival event and aims to promote Carnival and the art of Mas an art-form and to a wider audience, and is an opportunity for the public to see a selection of dazzling costumes from the Mas Bands, prior to the Notting Hill carnival.
Action for Children will be running a series of creative workshops for children throughout the weekend. The charity will also have a stall where visitors can find out more about its work supporting over 156,000 vulnerable children, young people and families at 420 projects across the UK. Gregg Vines, Head of Communications, Action for Children, says; “This is a great opportunity for Action for Children to engage more young people and help them learn something new. Every child and young person should be able to achieve their full potential and what a great way to do this whilst being involved with the Notting Hill Carnival experience”
Throughout the Grand Carnival Costume Splash weekend, over 25 Mas Bands will compete for the titles of Kings and Queens and Best Male and Female of Carnival and their costumes will be paraded in their full glory. Each competitor is required to perform a two minute dance routine to display their costume.
Whilst some carnival costumes are purchased in advance, the majority are handmade in Mas Camps, usually set up three or four months in advance of carnival. It is here that carnivalists, and local community members design, sew and decorate their costumes and floats for the Notting Hill Carnival parade.
Of the collaboration with Action for Children, Angela Duncan-Thompson, chair of the NHMBA says: “Partnering with a charitable organisation has always a key objective for the NMMBA. We are extremely passionate about working and engaging with children and young people using Art as a medium, and after meeting with Action for Children, we realised how working together would be a natural fit for both organisations”.
The Grand Carnival Splash, children’s costume display which takes place on Sunday 23rd August will be supported by Carnival themed interactive workshops.