Community groups invited to take part in Giant event

Telford & Wrekin Council and Telford Town Park are seeking local community groups to contribute to their Carnival of Giants on Saturday 6 June 2015.

Community groups invited to take part in Giant event

The Carnival of Giants promises to be a day-long colourful celebration with the main attraction being a colourful parade of giants and magical creatures created by local schools and community groups.

Local community groups, such as dance groups, bands and cultural groups, are invited to apply to host have-a-go activities with a carnival theme. This will be a good opportunity for these groups to promote or market their own local events, festivals, activities or community clubs.

Artists from the Liverpool Lantern Company are working with local schools and groups to explore local mythology and lore of giants and to create giants and puppets for the Carnival procession in advance of the event.

The Liverpool Lantern Company will also be creating large spectacular giants including the Wrekin Giant and other giant characters from folklore for the procession. 

The event will be inspired by the carnival theme, with a mix of music, dance colourful costumes and fragrant foods. Among the carnival musicians will be the New Orleans style jazz band Mr Wilson’s Band (more information on the band can be found here:

There will be other ‘giant activities’ including dance, giant games and a giant tea party, a host of sporting activities to take part in alongside a carnival inspired mix of food and craft markets.

In addition, there will be a mix of local food and craft markets within the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena, as well as a host of sporting activities to take part in and a giant tea party for all to enjoy.

Psyche Hudson, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Arts and Culture Manager, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups to get involved in the newest addition to our growing events calendar for Telford Town Park.

"Our ambition is to involve the whole community in creating something spectacular to celebrate where they live."

The Council is looking for community groups that could host interactive entertainment, performance and workshops, including street art, visual arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre or something completely different as a way of promoting local attractions, upcoming events, attract new membership, introduce themselves to a wider audience.

Any group interest in applying or would like more information can email or ring 01952 384 996.

The Carnival of Giants takes place on Saturday 6 June 2015 from 12noon–5pm in Southwater and Telford Town Park.