Carnival and Culture
Pam Rhodes meets participants in Europe's longest running Caribbean carnival, which takes place in Leeds, and hip-hop artist Testament. She also introduces hymns from St Edmund's Church, Roundhay, and soloist Kristyna Myles.
Factsheet for Sunday 24th August 2014
Contributors & Interviewees
Arthur France MBE
Arthur is the Founder and Chair Person of the Leeds West Indian Carnival. He was driven by homesickness to set up the Carnival – to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Leeds.
Hughbon is one of the country’s most respected Carnival costume designers. Over a 30 year period, he has made 50% of the winning costumes for the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Brenda is Leeds born and bred and is a teacher at Leeds City College. She has been involved in the Carnival for a long as she can remember. She makes her own costumes and writes and performs songs for the Carnival.
Andy Brooks (Testament) of Homecut
Andy Brooks is a local Hip-Hop emcee, producer and beatboxer and front man of Homecut. Andy (otherwise known as Testament) also does beatboxing workshops in schools and with community groups, teaches hip hop to young people and to young offenders. He regards hip hop as an international phenomenon which has always reflected the communities it has come from and the life experiences of people there. As a Leeds-based artist, Andy is proud of the huge amount of hip hop heritage which comes from his city.
Steve is a photographer who lives on a narrow boat near Bingley. His particular interest is in old fashioned methods of developing photographs. After many years spent in commercial and social photography, Steve now spends a lot of his time passing on my skills and enthusiasm to others in workshops and courses. He teaches photography at Leeds City College, and also works on art projects and commissions.
Sue has loved writing all her life, and after doing English at University, became a teacher. While teaching, she suffered a period of depression. Writing poetry, and being part of the Leeds Survivors Poetry Group – for people who are living with or have survived mental illness - has been part of her recovery. The Survivors Poetry Group has guest speakers who are well known poets and also runs a fortnightly writers workshop whereby members write, read, and discuss their own work.
Si Smith is a Christian Illustrator who lives in Leeds. One of his recent works is a set of illustrations of encounters that the disciples had with Jesus after his resurrection. Si set the encounters in modern-day Leeds and called the series ‘Raised in Leeds'. Si is a also a member of the Left Bank community which is an arts orientated Christian based community which occupies the former St Margaret of Antioch Anglican church in Leeds.
Singer-songwriter and former Radio 5 Live’s ‘Busker of the Year’. Kristyna leads the congregation.
Leeds West Indian Carnival
Leeds West Indian Carnival is Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival parade - an annual celebration of exotic costumes, tropical rhythms and Caribbean culture, for the Leeds community. For more information see their website.
St. Edmund’s Roundhay
The hymns on this week's programme were recorded at St Edmund's Roundhay. For more information about the venue, please see their website.
Band Musicians supplied by Leeds College of Music
Samuel James Quintana
Hannah Luise Brownjohn
With thanks to James Warrender (Musician’s Booking Agency)
Kristyna's Band were:
Guitar: Ben Williams
Backing Vocal: Joy Ononokpono
Backing Vocal: David Balogun
Backing Vocal: Jess Cook
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|
|Executive Producer||David Taviner|