Celebrate 2016: Making the Case for Carnival Learning!

Date Created: 24th May 2016

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In the last two days of April, the Carnival Network South Conference, in association with Artswork, took place at Portsmouth Guildhall. Aptly named ‘Celebrate!’, the conference featured engaging and invigorating key note talks, workshops, breakout discussion groups, and of course, spur of the moment interventions in the form of music, song and dance, from some of the younger speakers!

Artswork’s CEO Jane Bryant was an early key note speaker at the event, outlining how we are all part of the Cultural Education Challenge, what it means for Carnival and how carnival organisations can enhance and contribute to the Local Cultural Education Partnerships that are currently being formed across England.

Peter Taylor (Strategic Manager Artswork) and Kristianne Drake (Programme Manager, Artsmark & Arts Award) worked with a breakout group in the afternoon that focused on how to support schools’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development requirements for Ofsted, using both the Arts Award and Artsmark through a carnival project working with schools and young people.

Surrounded by fantastic carnival creations from a Triceratops to William Shakespeare, the event was full of energy and strongly made the case for the key contributions that Carnival makes in formal education and wider opportunities for children and young people.

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