People are being urged to share their memories from this summer’s carnivals.

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The new Carnival Archive Project will be collecting people’s thoughts and memorabilia from events, including those in Cromer, Diss, Hunstanton and Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Street Procession, every Friday until December 14.

The archive team will be on hand at the Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (Norca) office in Colegate from 10am to 2pm to scan in contributions, ready to upload on their website.

The archive consists of photos, film, programmes, posters, flyers and all kinds of carnival memorabilia which have already been donated by carnival enthusiasts, spectators, participants and organisers.

Cathie Davies, archive co-ordinator, said: “We are appealing to people for more memories and memorabilia to portray the true story of carnivals in our county.

“Carnival, however, is not just about the colourful, musical spectacle we see on Carnival day, it is also about the planning, skill and effort that goes on weeks and months before; the fun and the hard work which results in amazing costumes, floats, music and dance.

“We want to capture all this as well – for example costume designs, float designs, musical scores, correspondence, minutes from meetings.”

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is concentrating on carnivals and street processions in the eastern region – Norwich and Norfolk, Southend, Northampton, and Luton. It is led by the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton and working in partnership with Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (Norca).

For more information, contact Ms Davies on 01603 760529.

1 comment

  • Why "Carnival" and why not "Procession" as it has been called for generations

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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