Boomtown Carnival

Bassline has worked in partnership with Boomtown Fair for a 5th year creating workshops in Carnival Arts, Music and Theatre in Winchester and Bristol.


Opening Ceremony

In partnership with Boomtown Fair, funded by Boomtown and Bristol City Council our amazing team ran carnival Outreach Projects in Bristol and Winchester and we had an absolute blast


We worked with 120 young people and their families at St Pauls Adventure Playground creating dance, Costume, Music and Radio documentaries, and with 150 young people in Winchester. The workshops lead up to a performance on the Mighty Lions Den stage with an audience of 20k, and the Boomtown Carnival parade

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Boomtown gave hundreds of free tickets and Bristol City Council paid for the buses to take all these people to Boomtown to perform and take part, 80 % of whom had not attended a festival before. Together we pulled off these epic shows and are already busy planning similar projects for 2019.

Opening Ceremony Video

Overwhelming and truly an amazing experience”
— Participants parent

Workshop Video

filmed/edited Gary Thomas

The integration of kidztown into Boomtown is one of the best parts of the community. Youth to the front
— Dexi Leon

Workshop Pictures

Photos by Tom Ham


Bassline Circus in partnership with Boomtown Fair with funding from Bristol City Council, our amazing team ran carnival Outreach Projects in Bristol and Winchester this summer and we had an absolute blast. 

And to our fantastic facilitators:
Eva Lazarus - singing 
Keshav Keshav Chandradath Singh -Jus Now - music workshops 
Circus Zambia
Abi Kennedy - costume 
Tomasin Cuthbert Menes - costume 
Radio Platfform
Theo Godson Company - dance 
Olivia Francis - dance 
Manuela Benini - dance 
Our carnival groups and performers:
Natasha Benjamin Hype dance Bristol 
Paloma Styles -Cinco coco
Mahogany Carnival Arts 
Jane Blackburn
Non Comprende
Sunshine International Arts 
Koroleko Moussa Dembele - drums 
London School of Samba 
Batala Portsmouth
And finally, Natalia Colville Mia Harris Claire Horton @luke Mimi Clifford Lizzie Hall David Peverley Andrea Greenwood (and team) for making it happen!
Big thanks to Gary Thomas, Clockwise and Hannah Tyson for this video

Thanks to all our venue partners St Pauls Adventure Playground, Winchester Discovery Centre and Winnall Primary School
and to our funders Arts Council England, Bristol City Council Originator Fund ,Hampshire Council, Awards for All and Bristol City Council Neighbourhood partnerships Wellbeing Grant. 

Check out our previous Carnival video