Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016
The CCOM 2016 is proud to celebrate Barbados 50 by welcoming the Bajan Village to Alexandra Park during the two days of Carnival.
With Performances over 2 stages; music, crafts market and food stalls all set within a family friendly atmosphere beneath the trees will fill the air with scented sun and Soca.
Hosted by Britain’s Got Talen’t Star and Manchester legend, Mr Zip
Damien Daddy Sydney is happy to announce there will be ‘two’ jump up trailers on the road for J’ouvert Morning 2016. For more information on J’ouvert Morning visit the carnival website ‘What’s On’ page or the ”What’s On’ news article containing a feature on J’ouvert Morning.
This is fantastic news for all the J’ouvert revellers. Greater sounds means jump higher and have more fun.
Welcome to Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, Bajan and Guyana style.
In 2016, Barbados and Guyana are celebrating their 50th anniversaries of independence, so what could be better than to celebrate with them. If you would like to know a little about the history of these two great nations why not read the recent news article on this years theme?
So, what’s on at carnival 2016? To keep everybody informed we have updated the website ‘what’s on’ page with information on all this year’s events. Why not check it out? Alternatively, here’s a preview:
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016
New at this year’s carnival is ‘Strat Corner’ celebrating the emerald isle of Montserrat and its people. Strat Corner will feature SOCA, Calypso, traditional singing, traditional costumes and traditional food. In fact, all things to do with the culture of the emerald isle. Want to know more in advance? Here are some facts about the emerald isle.
Join in J’ouvert Morning at Carnival 2016. Want to know more?
J’ouvert is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/ day break.
J’ouvert is celebrated throughout the Caribbean countries and also in many places outside the Caribbean as part of Carnival celebrations throughout the year, with the biggest celebrations happening in places around the world with large Caribbean ex-pat communities.
Traditionally, the celebration involves calypso/SOCA bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise.
The origins of street parties associated with J’ouvert coincide with the emancipation from slavery in 1838. Emancipation provided Africans with the opportunity, to not only participate in Carnival, but to embrace it as an expression of their newfound freedom. Some theorize that some J’ouvert traditions are carried forward in remembrance of civil disturbances in Port of Spain, Trinidad, when the people smeared themselves with oil or paint to avoid being recognized.
The traditions of J’ouvert vary widely throughout the Caribbean. In Trinidad & Tobago, a part of the tradition involves smearing paint, mud or oil on the bodies of participants known as “Jab Jabs”. On the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Haiti, participants celebrate by blowing flutes and conch shells or by beating goat skin drums, irons or bamboo sticks while singing folk songs.
Barbados does not celebrate J’ouvert, but in instead celebrates Foreday Morning which is often mistaken as J’ouvert.
J’ouvert is inseparable from Carnival and has had many influences. People from Africa, Britain, France, India, Spain and many other ethnic groups have all left an indelible mark on J’ouvert. wikipedia.org, 2016
Join in with the J’ouvert Morning festivities at Carnival 2016 on the 13th/ 14th August 2016. Everybody welcome
Some history on this year’s theme: After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados national flag and playing of the national anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.
As part of the upcoming Carnival 2016 event Barbados will be represented celebrating 50 years free from colonial rule, after being granted Independence from Britain on November 1966.
Hence the theme for this year is Barbados 50th we will be celebrating fifty years of Barbados’s Independence. Barbados 50th signifies the historical Independence and freedom of a much loved nation who has strive to excel and develop their beautiful Island of friendly and fun loving people.
We hope you will come and be part of this outstanding celebration of the achievements of all the citizens of Barbados.
There will be a steel band extravaganza
We plan to present a number of activities over the Carnival Weekend such as ‘The Triny & Latin Corner’ and ‘The Bajan Corner’ playing authentic SOCA music from their countries and ‘The African Corner’ playing authentic African music.
There will be a steel band extravaganza playing a selection of music from all countries involved and The Red Bull Stage catering for an eclectic mixture of community music.
This year we will be doing a full parade with mass bands and steel bands from all around the country. The Carnival will also be presenting a Jouvert morning that will be presented by Tropical Radio & TV.
As the Carnival draws closer we will keep you updated on the progress of the Carnival. If you would like to take part in the Parade or learn how to create your carnival costumes please visit our message box on the web-site and feel free to message us. We will get back to you.
Thank you all for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing you all at our annual community event.
Guyana is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, so the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to recognise Guyana’s independence too by extending this years theme to include the success of the people of Guyana.
A brief history of Guyana – There are nine indigenous tribes residing in Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana during his third voyage (in 1498), the Dutch were the first to establish colonies. The British assumed control in 1796, 18 years later the Dutch formally ceded the area (1814). In 1831 the separate colonies combines to become a single British colony known as British Guiana.
Since its Independence in 1824 Venezuela has claimed the area of land to the west of the Essequibo River. However, in 1899 an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to Great Britain. The border disputes persist and no final settlement has been reached.
Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970. This makes 2016 the anniversary of independence. wikipedia.org
We hope to see you on the 13th & 14th of August 2016.