Kinetika facilitates an exchange between Norwich and Tilbury carnivals.

Kinetika facilitates an exchange between Norwich and Tilbury carnivals.

Spectacular flags, giant puppets from renowned outdoor arts organisation Kinetika and a team of dancers from Tilbury joined the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich on Saturday 6th July.


The theme for the Lord Mayor’s Procession was ‘love the world around you’ and Kinetika’s Artistic Director Ali Pretty worked with local artists and communities in Norwich to design and make eight silk flags in response to issues about the environment, including plastic pollution, extinction of species, renewable energy and the ability of communities to take positive steps to work together for a sustainable society.

Kinetika were invited to bring their puppets and a team of Tilbury dancers to Norwich to join the Lord Mayor’s Celebration, one of England’s oldest running carnival processions. Later this month a team of Norwich dancers and two Elephant puppets will join in the Tilbury Carnival on 20th July. The exchange is an example of young people working together to protect their future and has been led by leading UK choreographer Jeanefer Jean Charles.

Ali Pretty is also working in partnership with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust to create the return of Tilbury Carnival. The Tilbury on the Thames Trust commissioned Kinetika to present The Children of Windrush, two new puppets for the Tilbury carnival , inspired by the story of the Empire Windrush’s landing at the Port of Tilbury in June 1948. Students from the South Essex College BA (Hons) Costume Construction course which is run in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, have designed new Caribbean carnival themed costumes for the two children characters which were part of the procession on Saturday. Arts Council England, the Windrush Day Fund, Port of Tilbury and Thurrock Council are all generously supporting the Tilbury Carnival. 

Ali Pretty said “I am delighted to have worked in Norwich for a second year and proud to have been part of the Lord Mayor’s Procession which is taking real steps towards creating an environmentally sustainable carnival. I hope it will be an inspiration for the rejuvenation of the Tilbury Carnival and the local communities working hard to bring this celebration back to Tilbury town.”

Clare Hubery, Norwich City Council’s events team manager, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Kinetika again this year, whose artistic expertise have brought some really beautiful entries to life.”

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