“Arts Council England (ACE) has been courageous in supporting UKCCA’s aspiration for an art form that has the power to change lives, transform cities and bring diverse people together.” Paul Anderson MBE – CEO, UK Centre for Carnival Arts
The funding news comes at an important time in the development of UKCCA as it places itself as one of the leading carnival arts organisations in the country.
This much needed funding will ensure that UKCCA can deliver a national strategy for the art form; produce an educational pipeline that connects accreditation to carnival arts in schools and colleges; offer a vibrant annual calendar of music, dance and cultural events; connect carnival communities to Europe’s largest one day carnival, Luton International Carnival each year; establish partnerships with event promoters to put on new work and build an extensive range of conferences, seminars and exhibitions.
The importance of this work can not be underestimated in terms of its’ creative excellence, artist development opportunities and the ability to reach culturally diverse communities unlike any other art form.
Arts Council England’s support to UKCCA is not only excellent news for Luton, the UKCCA as an organisation but also for carnival arts as an under valued art form.
“The UK Centre for Carnival Arts will play an important role in the new National portfolio, building infrastructure for carnival, and growing the potential for this valuable art form. The organisation will continue to present a broad-ranging programme of exciting arts activities and will foster new talent in carnival.
By forming collaborations and partnerships, the organisation will also continue to build a national network for the art form, raising its profile, and encouraging mass participation in and around Luton.” Helen Lax – Regional Director, Arts Council England