Opportunity to leave a creative mark on carnival

Whitley Bay Carnival May 2014.'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis
Whitley Bay Carnival May 2014.'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis

A creative art space has been created as the countdown continues to a popular carnival.

Every Saturday in the lead up to the Whitley Bay Carnival – on Saturday, May 23 – Whitley Bay Local are hosting drop-in creative craft sessions at the pop-up shop in Park View between 10am and 1pm.

Visitors can turn their hand to making costumes, decorations and bunting for the bank holiday celebrations.

Jessica Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “The carnival is a chance for all of us who live and work in Whitley Bay to come together to create a fantastic and memorable day enjoyed by everyone.

“The whole town is buzzing and excitement is really building for the carnival itself.

“These craft workshops are a great opportunity for people to come down to the shop and be part of the preparations to help make the Carnival as wonderful and diverse as our town.”

Carol Alevroyianni, carnival producer, said: “Thanks to support from Arts Council England and local businesses this year we are able to involve many more in the carnival parade.

“As well as artists working with schools and organisations to create some spectacular pieces we are welcoming creative individuals to make their own costumes and join the parade.

“We are hoping for more businesses and shops to get into the carnival spirit this year by decorating their windows with specially created bunting.”

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets to watch the carnival which made a triumphant return last year after a 20 year absence.

This year’s event will include participants from Marine Park and Rockcliffe first schools and Marden Bridge Middle School and also feature street theatre, live music and dance performances including ‘Big Noise’ samba drumming and ‘Bay Brass’ brass and woodwind groups set up by Whitley Bay Big Local.

‘Bay Uke’ ukulele group who got together for last year’s event are keeping their carnival outfits a big secret.