50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival

12 Aug 2017 – 29 Oct 2017

The Tetley

England, United Kingdom


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  • Leeds Bus Station
  • Leeds National Rail

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Exploring and celebrating the legacy of the Leeds West Indian Carnival with a mix of cultural, aesthetic and political displays including costume, film, sound and ephemera.


Curated by Sonya Dyer, the exhibition reflects two journeys at the heart of the story of Leeds Carnival: the journey of carnival from its West African roots to Leeds via the Caribbean, and the journey of Leeds Carnival from humble beginnings to the highlight in Leeds’ cultural calendar it is today.

Each gallery has a key object such as a photograph, costume or video that other items engage with, pivot around, contextualise or complicate. Going beyond simply celebrating the Leeds Carnival’s 50th anniversary, it also situates it as a vital force in Leeds, the UK and across the Caribbean diaspora. The exhibition is part of a wider programme of events and activities across the city including a satellite display at West Yorkshire Playhouse.


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