Highly visible cultural celebrations and activities are critical but often undervalued elements of a dynamic public realm and healthy public life. It is more important than ever that extraordinary cultural happenings are allowed to interrupt the indifference that can be a consequence of our hectic 24 hour society.
Across the world carnival creates a sense of inclusion and reclaims public space for the public good. Preparing for the annual parade unites diverse communities and builds skills for those taking part. Bystanders are engaged by the spectacle.
For fourteen years our annual Charivari Day Carnival has been disrupting the everyday use of the streets of Folkestone with colour, music and celebration. These occasions, along with Lantern Celebrations, act as gateway activities to deeper cultural participation and engagement.