Creative workshops in 4 local primary schools have been taking place throughout September due to the generous support of Arts Council England.
Grand Avenue, St John's, Knollmead and our Lady Immaculate Primary Schools took part in visual arts, drumming and dancing workshops, with over 250 students taking part.
The sessions will culminate in performances at the Vai Tolworth Brazilian Festival at the end of the month.
The sessions are led by professional carnival arts groups: Kinetika, Taru Arts and Kinetika Bloco.
We have received the following feedback from some of the students that took part:
‘When it was our turn we walked out onto the grass and lined up; drummers behind the dancers and an electric guitar playing behind us.’
‘When we put our costumes on I just couldn’t believe we made everything from scratch; it was great seeing what we could accomplish working together.’
‘It was really fun – there was food, facepaint and a lot of other things.’
‘There were people dressed up all over the field, parading. It was a lot of hard work, but it all paid off at the end of the festival.’
‘The reason for the festival was that 100 years ago Tolworth’s Corinthian Casuals club brought football to Brazil. (Now Brazil are famous!) I loved performing at the festival. Go Brazil!’