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RaRa Lakay procession Nottingham – Festival 2012

Photos Courtoisie Benjamin Martineau.
Narration by Night of Festivals.

Despite challenging weather on 21 and 22 June, Night of Festivals 2012 went fully ahead as planned with the temporary installation of the Queen Erzulie sculpture commission, from Haitian artists Atis Rezistans, a much talked about feature.

The storytelling yurt was a vibrant and successful component, with full houses the order of the day for most of the sessions.

Carnival Day concluded, following the procession, with a fantastic finale in the Square – pictured above. When the sun finally shone on Saturday thousands flocked into the Square to enjoy Paraiso Samba, Mandinga Arts and Rara Lakay. Gilles Peterson drew a strong crowd for the Festival climax despite the return of drizzle!

Queen Erzulie is now installed at Nottingham Castle!

Paraiso Samba Nottingham Night of Festivals 2012

Many extraordinary artists contributed to Night of Festivals 2012, including Haitian sculptors Atis Rezistans and the amazing carnival companies Mandinga Arts, Paraiso Samba and Rara Lakay. It is appropriate that Night of Festivals 2012 presented artists and work from many different cultures in the year when London stages the Olympic and Paralympics Games and “welcomes the world to the UK”. The timing for Night of Festivals 2012 was planned to lead into The London 2012 Torch Relay celebrations in Nottingham at the end of June and then later in the year will link into the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham in September. Night of Festivals 2012 activities also reached into key venues around the city such as Nottingham Contemporary and the New Art Exchange (both of which are exhibiting material specifically as part of the project).

On Friday 22 June a spectacular, colourful, vibrant and energetic carnival procession wended it’s way through the streets of Nottingham encompassing a taste of both Rio and the Caribbean with floats, live samba, “rara” music, and lavish, colourful costumes.

Carnival procession Nottingham – Night of Festivals 2012

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