Cosmopolitan Carnival Workshops

Workshops are in different locations and run between 2.00pm and 6.00pm unless stated.


AFRICAN DRUMMING with Paulo Carnoth

Corner of High Street and Silver Street


Paulo is of Afro-Kubanza and one of the best drummers and percussionists in the UK. He freelances with a number bands and artists and produces his own music. Originally from Angola, he has been resident in Leicester since 2001, has graduated in Youth & Community Development and now shares his skills and passion with children and young people by delivering African Drumming and jewellery workshops to communities all over England.


Arts Workshop Performance Piece

Miranda Booth

Yellow road warning sign , Elections Ahead , 3d render

Political Spectrum

In this performance piece London and Leicester based performance artists will be posing as two political parties, Azure and Vermillion. They will be fighting for your vote in the election at campaign tents around the carnival. All the manifesto ideas and placards were created during the Cosmopolitan Arts summer school by 5-13 year olds and we reckon they did a better job than parliament!


Talent Match

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Talent Match is a Big Lottery Fund project that helps young people aged 18 to 24 who are out of work for more than 12 months. The programme provides collective support from a range of local organisations including employers, education providers and others. Talent Match helps young people get the skills and confidence they need to get back into work, education or training

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DJ Workshop

John 1st

2016 Jon1st photo by hari datta 1

John 1st is an international hip-hop and bass music DJ, a World DMC Champion turntablist and has recorded mixes for Rinse FM, Solid Steel, Noisy and more. He will be hosting a drop-in workshop at Cosmopolitan Carnival where you can pick his brains on everything DJ-ing and have a try for yourself too!



Deborah Ward, Broken Tree, oil and soluble pencil, 153 x 120 cm

Knighton Lane Artists’ Group (KLA) is a thriving multi-media artists’ co-operative with a thirty-year history. They provide one of the few wet/messy creative workspaces in the region, with space to accommodate up to 15 studio members working in a variety of artistic practices. Members include painters, printers, mixed-media artists, sculptors, ceramicists, and textile artists. They exhibit at least annually and hold regular studio events as a group.




P1170109 - Confucius

The Confucius Institute will be introducing a series of traditional Chinese crafts including brush painting, calligraphy, Chinese knot making and paper folding. Chinese brush painting is an ancient art, steeped in history, symbolism and ritual. Calligraphy uses similar techniques to brush painting but is dedicated specifically to Chinese writing. A look at Chinese paper cutting and paper folding will help give further insight into the traditions of Chinese crafts. Paper cutting is a Chinese traditional skill for females mainly done during the Spring Festival and for Weddings. Chinese zodiac symbols are usually chosen as subjects for the paper cutting.

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