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Big smiles and loud voices get ready for some carnival sparkle this weekend

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

  • Jando Greco with Ramona Saunders-Green during a Arts Inc Carnival Course held at the City Works on Wednesday

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ART specialists GDance and Art Shape have teamed up for a third year to provide a fun week-long course to help children prepare for Gloucester Carnival this weekend.

The Arts Inc Carnival Course has given eight to 18 year olds the chance to create and learn some moves to perform during the procession, and to create their own costumes and puppets.

Many who attended didn’t have any previous dance or arts experience. The course also catered for range of abilities as well as for disabled participants.

Harriet West, Art Shape’s project manager, said: “We were so excited for the children and young people in 2013’s carnival, as they won the trophy.

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“This year we look forward to tapping into local talent and creativity to come up with some more fantastic costumes and dance moves for this year’s carnival.”

The course started on Saturday July 19 and will finish today. It has been taking place at the City Works in Alfred Street, Gloucester.

The event is part of Active Impact’s Of Course We Can programme, with support from the BIG Lottery.

Little ones at Bambi’s Nursery in Brockworth have also been busy preparing their carnival costumes.

It is the third year the nursery has taken part in the procession and this year’s theme for them will be Venice, Brazil and England.

Co-founder Carla Roberts said: “Last year we won a trophy for the commercial category – our theme was green and was based around the environment.

“Discovery Timber Play based in Stroud has made our transport. The little ones will sit in the carriage which will be pulled by a wooden horse, while the older children will walk alongside them. We have told the children big smiles and loud voices.”

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