This weekend see’s performers from the UK and Brazil join up for a the unique Precarious Carnaval experience along the historic Bridgewater canal in Salford.
The carnival, which is back again after its success last year, marks the 258th birthday of the Bridgewater Canal.
The carnaval stretches over 3 days and 5 miles of the canal, bringing everything from street parties and performances to live sculptures and instillation’s to Salford. And its completely FREE.
The event has been described as a “celebration of community connected by one very important canal” and invites members of the public to walk the route, watch, take part and explore from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019.
With support from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Salford City Council, Est. 1761, Community Fund, The Lowry, Worsley Rotary Club, and Superbia at Manchester Pride, the artists are collaborating with over 30 community groups and hundreds of people to stage Precarious Carnaval.
Lowri Evans is an artist with the carnaval, she described its uniqueness and array of themes.
“It will be dark as well as colourful to reflect the complicated legacy of the industrial revolution that exploded right here from a mine in Salford. We’re using Brazilian Carnaval, where the world tips upside down for one day, to celebrate and question what’s going on.
“We can’t ignore and are curious about what it means to work in a coal mine when there’s a global warming crisis; what it means to work with over 30 community groups and hundreds of volunteers when the UK feels so divided; and what it means to work with artists and carnaval from Brazil when there is a fascist president in power who is dismantling culture and violating human rights.”
The carnival will be divided into three incredible acts, taking audiences on a journey through time from 1761 to 2061.
On Friday 5th July members of the public are invited to Act I, that will include a sunset procession along the canal. On Saturday 6th July Act II, the walking adventure from Boothstown Marina to Worsley’s Humpback Bridge will feature more than one big bang, and the joyous grand finale in Act III will take place from Patricroft Recreation Ground to the lighthouse in Monton on Sunday 7th July.
No booking is required and more information is available online.
Its set to be an incredible weekend as Salford gets a taste of the Rio De Janiero Carnaval with a Northern twist.