The aim of Fox Carnival Band is to celebrate children's art and to facilitate the development of youthful creativity.
We provide an esteem-raising and
team-building experience for young people and their families by helping them take part in London’s annual Notting Hill Carnival. On the
road, their audience sees a vibrant and lively show, brought to life
by the artwork we parade - all created entirely by
those children who wish to join.
Fox Carnival Band does not have costumes as such; instead we carry ‘standards’,
artworks that are carried or waved, usually on poles. What makes
Fox Carnival Band special is the uniqueness and vibrancy of each
of original art. Many have gone on to win National awards
and our art has been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum
and the Tate Modern.
Young people are involved in every stage of our design and creation process,
through workshops held in Fox School. These are also open to participants
from other schools. All the artwork is completed within hours, rather
than over days or weeks. No special skills and no previous experience
are required. Creating the artwork and taking part is accessible
to children of all ages and to anyone with disabilities.
The ‘show’ created by Fox Carnival Band is one of movement
and colour. We have no Kings or Queens, nor do we rehearse complicated
dance moves in advance. Instead, the ‘players’ or masqueraders
(both adults and children) who carry the artwork simply follow the
movement of the Band Leader.
Around 200 artworks move in unison,
high above the heads of the participants. This creates a singular
show with spectacular visual impact!