Charivari Day 2016

July 2016 / folkestone

The 20th Charivari Day was a landmark event for Strange Cargo. Consistently being able to deliver such a high quality and high profile event in a single location creates a sense of pride in the event for local people, demonstrated by the huge crowd who came along as spectators. The legacy of the event is that it now involves adult parents, teachers and artists who have taken part in the parade as children from across the years. Being supported by Inspire Ways to Rio and Creative Foundation, brought another very important and tangible layer of participation to Charivari Day and Strange Cargo believes very strongly that if we are able to continue to raise the funding to be able to offer free involvement to people, this will enable participation by everyone and for people to gain confidence in their relationship to the arts in general, not just for this event, but as active voices and participants in the creative life of the district.

The opportunity for the students from two lead schools to have first hand experience of the process of designing and delivering the workshop programme was an important experience for them. Working closely with the artist team throughout the process was fun, educational and enriching. Giving them the opportunity to understand and learn the whole process of creating the carnival from start to finish.

The audience on the day exceeded expectations and the music programme that continued after the parade at The Leas Bandstand was enjoyed by the crowds who stayed to dance, picnic and share the day with their neighbours.

Participating schools were: 1. Brockhill Park Performing Arts College 2. Folkestone School for Girls 3. Harvey Grammar for Boys 4. Pent Valley Technology College 5. Hythe Bay 6. St. Eanswythes 7. Highview 8. All Souls 9. Castle Hill Primary 10. Morehall 11. Folkestone Primary Academy 12. Foxwood 13. Mundella 14. Cheriton 15. Harcourt 16. Hawkinge 17. St. Marys 18. Sandgate 19. Sellindge 20. Stella Maris 21. Capel le Ferne 22. Churchill 23. St. Peter’s

• Community Groups • Individual adult carnival makers • Public workshops

We offer our sincere and grateful thanks to the individuals and organisations whose support enables this important event to take place. This year thanks go to Arts Council England South East, Kent County Council Inspire Ways to Rio, Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Shepway District Council, Folkestone Town Council, Rotary Club of Folkestone Channel, Creative Foundation, Cllr Ann Berry and Cllr Rodica Wheeler.