New Briggate alive with Carnival colour once again

On Saturday 16 September, as part of our Hidden Histories of New Briggate project, we partnered with Leeds West Indian Carnival to bring a piece of the vibrant celebration back to Leeds city centre.

New Briggate has a fascinating past and one of its more vibrant incarnations was as a former parade route for the iconic Leeds West Indian Carnival. To celebrate this creative heritage, the Carnival Legacy: Pop-up Street Performance saw the street come alive with the vibrant colours and joy of Carnival once again.

With steel-pan, soca and calypso, the street was filled with an explosion of music, dance, colourful costumes, and storytelling. We’re delighted to share a selection of images of the day so that you can share in the Carnival vibes.

The Carnival Legacy: Pop-up Street Performance is part of our Hidden Histories of New Briggate project. The project – supported by Leeds City Council and Historic England as part of the New Briggate High Street Heritage Action Zone regeneration programme – is all about bringing people together, through art, to explore the culture and heritage of the historic high street, New Briggate.

All photos © Michael Godsall.

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