Funding for Olympic carnival

The Strawford Horizons Carnival Group at Horsham Sparks in the Park 2010

The Strawford Horizons Carnival Group at Horsham Sparks in the Park 2010

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By David Burroughs

The Blue Touch Paper Carnival project is a partnership with the West Sussex Arts Partnership and the New Carnival Company on the Isle of Wight.

£136,000, including additional funding and support in kind, is now secured for a town centre carnival event scheduled for summer 2012. (more information about 2012 in next week’s County Times.)

The carnival aims to establish an accessible and inclusive event at which all members of the local community can participate.

Roger Arthur, cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “The Blue Touch Paper Carnival project has the potential to make a significant impact on individuals’ lives and their ability to be involved in the community.

“With 2012 being a year of celebration, with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, it’s right and proper that every effort is made to ensure that everybody has access to community events and projects.”

The carnival project will form part of the Cultural Olympiad and the West Sussex Ahead of the Game 2012 programme.

In recognition of its value and quality, the project has already been awarded a London 2012 Inspire Mark, allowing it to make full use of the Olympic 2012 branding.

Horsham plans to facilitate a diverse range of accessible activities over the next 12 months which will link local groups with the New Carnival Company on the Isle of Wight.

These include plans to run costume design and float construction activities with the New Carnival Company and its partner, the Rio-based disability carnival group Embaixadores da Alegria.

There are also plans to develop an integrated samba band in Horsham.

For more information on the project, contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215216.