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Caribbean carnival, down by the riverside

Date: 15/05/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

The Fuse Medway Festival explodes into colourful life with a Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, 31 May, from 7pm. A series of free, family-focused events take place at Chatham Riverside and the party continues at The Brook Theatre with live reggae music. The carnival procession and riverside music event kicks off at 7pm with a carnival crowns family workshop. Inside Chatham Library, children will learn how to make spectacular head dresses and receive a special fruit cocktail to enjoy as the fireworks begin. All children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. At 7.30 and 8.30pm, The Alexander D'Great Trio will take to the riverside stage. These calypso masters and Notting Hill Carnival legends play music to make your mouth water. The carnival procession starts at 8pm. Local community groups join forces with professional Caribbean artist H Pattern and musicians for a spectacular procession. Featuring young people from local youth centres, New Brompton College, Medway African Caribbean Association, Dance Alley and giant puppets from the University of Kent. The procession culminates with live performances on stage at 8.45pm. The riverside events conclude with a fantastic display from The World Famous; masters of fireworks, flames and pyrotechnics. At the same time, the riverside-based Hei People will be unveiled. This peace-loving community is the creation of Finnish performance artist Reijo Kela and return to Medway after an eventful stay last year. From 9.30pm, Music for Change presents a night of mighty music at The Brook Theatre. Featuring the reggae rhythms of Rebel Control and old school ska and reggae beats courtesy of High Life DJs. Caribbean cocktails and tasty snacks will be available. The Brook Theatre event costs £5. To book in advance call box office on 01634 338338, email box office@medway.gov.uk or visit www.fusefestival.org.uk.