Event aims to bring carnival atmosphere to Boston

Night of Festivals
Night of Festivals

Enjoy the atmosphere of the Carnival in Boston this weekend with the Transported Arts Night of Festivals programme, on Saturday and Sunday – with free activities including continuous presentations of carnival costumes and puppets, storytelling, live music and theatre performance.

The carnival, from 11am both days, will be led by Mandinga Arts and Paraiso Samba who are working alongside local community participants.

The parade will include a five metre high, fluorescent giant skeleton and a range of character puppets and costumes inspired by Animal Farm, including Napoleon’s pigs, a giant pig puppet, frogs, cats and giant birds.

The festival’s Storytelling Yurt will be presenting The Storytelling Cafe, with 30 minute performances, on the hour, of stories from around the world performed by a team of three.

Stories such as the Indian tale The Boatman and Swiss tale The Little Bone are family-friendly, bringing an interactive ingredient to engage children and adults alike.

Live music and theatre at the festival will happen in a performance dome in Central Park and will include theatre maker Stephen Jon with his shadow puppets show, The Maid of Mariposa. Music includes Cantus Polonicum (a Peterborough based Polish Choir), the foot-stomping sounds of Romani Voice and the subtleties of African kora player Sura Susso.

Festival artistic director David Hill said: “We’re thrilled to present a wide range of high quality, culturally diverse arts activity that will engage families and all ages in Boston and the surrounding area. All the work connects to our key festival theme, which is celebrating freedom and democracy through artistic innovation.”

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