Leeds City Museum staff join Leeds West Indian Carnival fun

BRANCHING OUT: Helen Langwick as a 'his-tree' at Bramley Carnival.
BRANCHING OUT: Helen Langwick as a 'his-tree' at Bramley Carnival.
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Staff at Leeds City Museum who have formed themselves into an award-winning dance troupe will give their final performance when they take to the streets for the city’s West Indian carnival.

The team, led by curators Helen Langwick and Antonia Lovelace, created their own colourful troupe costumes with help from carnival costume designer Hughbon Condor to help promote the latest special exhibition at the museum – Dancing in the Street, which celebrates the best in festivals and street carnivals in Leeds.

The group achieved instant success on their first appearance at the Otley Carnival earlier this summer, winning first prize in the adult float category. This was followed by further appearances at the Bramley Carnival and Leeds Pride.

Now the team are looking to bow out in style at the famous carnival in Chapeltown on Monday.

Helen and Antonia also appeared in costume last night at Leeds Town Hall as part of the Carnival King and Queen event. Their costumes form part of the free Dancing in the Street exhibition, which has already attracted 8,000 visitors since opening last month.

It runs until January 8 next year.

Visitors can discover all about the history of the city’s festivals and have the chance to play a steel pan or dress up in a virtual reality carnival outfit.

Displays of photos and programmes from festivals and carnivals down the years along with archive film footage tell the story of the important role such events have had and continue to play in the strength of communities around the city.

Helen said: “It has been great fun to create our carnival troupe and the reaction we have had at events has been brilliant and shows just how important carnivals and street parties are to celebrating communities across the city.

“We cannot wait to join in the fun at the Leeds West Indian Carnival and see all the amazing floats and outfits.

“Once that has finished though we will be hanging up our costumes for good so come along and gives us a cheer on the day or visit the exhibition to see all the amazing outfits up close.”

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