|Sonic Carnival is a special project in sound to mark the 40th anniversary of the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Funded by the Safer and Stronger Communities fund through the IMPaCT Neighbourhood Management Team it is a unique collection of sounds and voices that record and celebrate the 2007 Carnival. The enthusiasm of all the contributors proves that Carnival thrills everyone across the city, attracts visitors from near and far and deserves its reputation as the best Carnival anywhere!
People across Chapeltown have had the opportunity to contribute, and this archive will be a lasting and dynamic record of memories, never before collected in this way. Through Sonic City this collection can now be shared across the web.
Recordings were made on Carnival day, and you will hear lots of different voices saying what Carnival means to them. Events have been held in Chapeltown Library, and during an intergenerational afternoon at the Frederick Hurdle Day Centre, young people from Hillcrest Primary School interviewed visitors to the Centre, who have loved and participated in Carnival for many years.
There are special interviews with Ian Charles, Arthur France and Hughbon Condor from the Carnival Committee and with Dr Max Farrar of Leeds Metropolitan University. Our thanks go to them, and everyone in Chapeltown and beyond who have supported this project.
Just like Sonic City, Sonic Carnival has been creative, participative, intercultural, intergenerational, international and FUN.