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50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival book launch

Join the Centre for Culture and the Arts for the launch of this book which uses a combination of photos and text to map Leeds' 50 year Carnival journey and helps to illuminate the full story of Caribbean-led creativity and multicultural hospitality. Introduced by Arthur France and Emily Zobel Marshall, short talks will be given by co-authors Guy Farrar, Tim Smith and Max Farrar.

Refreshments will be served. All welcome. 

Leeds West Indian Carnival

The Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds invites you to the launch of this important book of Leeds West Indian carnival photographs. The Centre sponsored the highly successful international conference on the Caribbean Carnival, organised by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Emeritus Professor Max Farrar, held at Leeds Beckett University’s Rose Bowl in May 2017.

The Leeds carnival is one of the longest running Caribbean-style street carnivals in Europe. It has transformed the city of Leeds every year since 1967. The creativity and vision of its founders, and their indefatigable energy, is captured in this new book by over 30 photographers including Guy Farrar, Tim Smith, Leroy Wenham, Fabian Hamilton and Max Farrar, who in various ways have documented the carnival for the past 50 years. Mainly funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, it has been given free to all Leeds schools and libraries.

A highlight of the May 2017 carnival conference was a panel composed of several of the founders of the Leeds Carnival, including Arthur France and Ian Charles, both of whose contributions have been recognised with the award of the MBE. Arthur France, chair of the Leeds West Indian Carnival committee, will introduce the book launch.

In pursuit of the Caribbean Cultures research strand in the School of Cultural Studies, there will be a short seminar prior to the book launch, introduced by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, with short talks by Guy Farrar, Tim Smith and Max Farrar.

Event Details

7 February 2018 -
7 February 2018
17:30 - 19:30
Caygill’s Corner (2nd floor), Broadcasting Place, City Campus
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