Edinburgh Festival Carnival
Performers from all over
the globe mark the start of the Edinburgh Summer Festival season with
Scotland's largest Carnival.
Sunday 21st July, 2-4pm
Following on the huge success of the Edinburgh Festival Carnival last year, Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens will be alive with the sounds of street music, colourful costumes, circus and street theatre and dance from 2-4pm on Sunday 21st July – with free admission for all.
Over 35 acts, with a total of over 400 performers, from the West Indies (Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago); the South Indian Ocean (Réunion); China; all across Europe (Hungary, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain); and from Scotland and the rest of the UK will come together to create a vibrant international Carnival party.
This year, audiences will be free to promenade around Princes Street (between South Charlotte Street and the Mound) and all over West Princes Street Gardens, enjoying a wide range of staged performances and impromptu shows. Programmes will be available – in print and online – with details of acts, times and locations.
The open set-up and flow will allow audiences to easily find their favourite acts and sample new performances – to marvel at a Chinese dance troupe at one moment, laugh with Polish clowns the next, and then stamp their feet to the beat of an Edinburgh youth drumming group.
There will be a family area in the West End of Princes Street Gardens, featuring the ‘Big Red Bus’, with its highly popular storytelling workshops and face painting.
At the Ross Bandstand, there will be seating available to relax and enjoy an eclectic mix of international music and dance acts.
Amongst the acts participating are the Paris Opera Children’s Choir, the Beijing Golden Sail Dance Troupe; Always Drinking Marching Band from Barcelona; Gwanaval from Martinique; The Country Boys from Trinidad; Funky Style Brass from the south of France; The Airborne Academy from England; the drummers and dancers of Kalentura and the spectacular break dancers of Got Skills from Holland; the rappers and urban dancers of JFC from Germany; the drums and pipes of Bombarda from Portugal; and many, many more.
As with last year, there will be a host of characterful Carnival costumes to delight audiences. The organisers are recruiting people who would like to be part of the costume-wearing extravaganza. This is a great family opportunity to be a core part of the carnival spirit. Interested groups or individuals should contact email@example.com.
Produced by Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in association with City of Edinburgh Council.
Come and volunteer at the Edinburgh Festival Carnival
We can offer you a fantastic learning experience that is loads of fun, and the opportunity to make valuable contacts. Plus the opportunity to experience a great show and work with a great team.
You will be a walking point of contact for our audience and our special guests you will have initiative, an ability to cope with possible stressful situations and be able to think on your feet. You will have service with a smile and a passion for the arts.
There are a few roles that need to be filled –
Performers guide and liaison - assist the Venue manager to ensure the performers find the right area to perform at and on time.
Street informer to be point of contact for the general public giving relevant information encouraging the public to experience different areas and hand out programmes
Area control – Assist in keeping performing areas open clean and tidy for performers to preform in
Dancers – we are looking for people to become carnival performers and wear the vibrant costumes
To apply simply email firstname.lastname@example.org telling us:
Your name and contact details …..
Any relevant experience …..
And please let us know why you want to volunteer …..
And we'll be back in touch very soon!