Carnival of colours returns next week

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Now in its eighth year, the Carnival of Colours is back to give families the last taste of summer holiday fever before the kids head back to school.

The Circus Arts and Music Festival, which is a family favourite in the North West’s Festival calendar, will be taking place in St Columb’s Park on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August from 1pm to 6pm.

Organised by local circus and performance charity In Your Space Circus, the festival will offer a feast of shows, activities and antics for young and old alike, bursting with top class acts, international stars and goodies galore.

The event will be welcoming street performers from across Northern Ireland, Australia, England and Tanzania to entertain the masses and give local people and visitors to our city the best weekend of the summer.

There will also be lots of free workshops for children including arts and crafts, circus skills, drumming and storytelling. There will be a community installation of dream catchers in the grounds of St Columb’s Park House which can be added to by Festival goers.

The event is a great platform for local artists. Diane Greer and Paddy Nash of Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas said: ‘We never miss the Carnival of Colours. It’s one of the cities brightest and loveliest jewels of summer; with a wonderfully creative programme packed with something for all the family.

“ It isn’t just a weekend of colour and craic it’s also a mighty platform for many other artists – ourselves included. Our granddaughter Alyssa attended In Your Space Circus School this year and will now be performing with her new friends over the weekend. It’s all about creative opportunities, excellence and the best craic - we love it. See you there!’

This year, the Carnival of Colours is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Tourism Northern Ireland, The Foyle Foundation, the Community Relations Council and a number of local businesses.

Festival Manager Cath McBride said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that the Carnival of Colours has attracted funding from some of the most prestigious funders.

“However, we do still rely on the generosity of the public to support the event and ask for a voluntary donation at the entrance. We have worked hard to ensure the event is a balance of professionalism with a good scoop of fun and frivolity – we are pretty sure we offer something to tickle the fancy of everyone!’