CARNIVAL OF CREATURES – MANCHESTER SATURDAY 1ST JUNE 2019 is happening in Manchester this Saturday 1st June to celebrate nature, wildlife and life on Earth and to raise awareness that it is all at risk.
The following text giving details of the event is taken from Manchester Climate Monthly
This two-part event by Rising Up! Manchester Families celebrates life, nature and the wonderful web of life on earth which is being lost. It is a call to action, to not let nature – which we are a part of and which we need to stay alive – be erased.
Part one is at Manchester Museum and focuses on individual action and our local creatures. There will be fun family friendly arts, crafts, face paint, dress up and play as well as nature activities to help younger ones and parents explore the topic. Manchester Museum, as well as hosting, will be providing sessions of wing making for children and their adults and groups such as RSPB, Manchester Friends of the Earth will be joining our creative fun.
Part two – parade – let’s get noticed and take our message to the streets in a riot of colour, sound and people. We will be joined by circus folk and musicians and we’d love to have you too.
Full parade route and information including accessibility and timings, will be shared with participating groups closer to the event date.
We are planning to finish the event with a wishing tree – a collaborative art project which all participants can join us in.
We are inviting community groups and organisations to join us in any way that works. Many groups are holding activities in the weeks leading up to the event to make props and costumes, to both raise awareness of the issue, to get involvement and to prep for the carnival. Manchester Art Gallery are using their half term family artist sessions to make props for the parade.
The theme is a broad one. Creatures, species and nature mixed with a circus-y carnival vibe. We will be producing a list of ideas for activities over the next couple of weeks which we will share. Or create your own. While any costumes and props relating to creatures and to the natural world are welcome we would particularly love ones which focus on our local species. Dancing badgers, beetle brigades and the such welcomed with open arms!
And of course, extra points for costumes that use recycled, second hand and natural materials. You can wheel, walk, skip, dance, bike, scoot or juggle your way along the march.
Why not get together with friends and make some props for the parade? All ideas will be shared in the Facebook group.
The following venues across Manchester will be offering free drop-in creative sessions to prepare for the Carnival of Creatures.
Hulme Community Garden Centre – Monday 27 and Wednesday 29 May – 12-3pm
Make a headpiece for the ‘Carnival of Creatures’ from recycled and natural materials.
Manchester Art Gallery – Tues 28, Weds 29, Thurs 30 and Fri 31 May – 1-3pm
Artists Carly Bainbridge and Jayson Gylen are on hand to help make a parade-worthy prop to bring to the ‘Carnival of Creatures.’
As part of the Get Together and Get Things Done exhibition, families will be invited to join a collaborative project to show the power of uniting together and there will also be a climate scientist on hand to answer questions.
People’s History Museum – Weds 29 May – 1-3pm
Join an artist-led session to make beautiful things for the ‘Carnival of Creatures’ using fabric pens and patch-making techniques.
A jam-packed session with nature, art, face painting, a chance to make wings to wear in the ‘Carnival of Creatures,’ storytelling and play.
More information about the event at the museum can be found here:
there is then also a Facebook page for the other events here which gives information on what is happening, where and when: