UK Centre for Carnival Arts

UK Centre for Carnival Arts

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UK Centre for Carnival Arts

The UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) is a unique, state of the art, £7. 3M creative hub currently under construction in the centre of Luton and due to open with a grand public launch showcasing world class carnival arts in May 2009.

It will provide a much needed cultural resource attracting tens of thousands each year incorporating carnival artists, schools, course attendees, conference visitors, creative industries entrepreneurs, archive users, the local community and a wealth of outreach activity.

The UKCCA will pioneer a responsive and innovative approach to skills training, identifying areas where excluded young people at risk of falling through the net and other groups who have been marginalised such as lone parents, disabled people and unemployed people can be scooped up and engaged with a range of opportunities to suit their particular needs. In 'speaking the language of the street' it particularly connects with disenfranchised black youth. It will offer a variety of pathways beginning with informal engagement through attendance at an event or participation in mas camp, leading on through more structured skills development sessions towards courses resulting in accredited qualifications and finally to employment or business opportunity.

From its highly accessible Luton base by train, car or plane, and the rich carnival heritage that Luton extends to the rest of the country, the UKCCA will facilitate transformational change for a historically undervalued, highly creative, participative and professional art form.

Giving to UKCCA leaves a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Founded 2000