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Students from 14 Walsall schools will be lighting up the centre of Walsall with a kaleidoscope of music and dance this Friday, as they present an on-street carnival to celebrate the culmination of the Walsall Arts for All Programme.

Over the past 3 years, and despite Covid, Walsall Arts for All has engaged over 1,300 Walsall students, using arts & culture as a way to share and celebrate Walsall’s many different communities and cultures. Students have worked with professional artists to create visual art pieces and music and dance performances.

Friday’s carnival will allow students to showcase some of their work in a performance in front of Walsall New Art Gallery, before processing down Park Street with a live samba band, complete with carnival costumes and props. There will be two performances – one between 11am and noon, and the other between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The programme has been supported by Arts Connect and Walsall for All, and Programme Manager Baz Chapman says: ‘it’s been a challenging few years for these schools, but despite the ever-shifting sands of Covid, they’ve stuck with Walsall Arts for All and created some extraordinary artworks which celebrate what a vibrant and exciting place Walsall is. Arts & culture play a unique role in developing creativity, building aspiration and celebrating and improving communities. If these students’ creativity is anything to go by, Walsall has a bright future!

For further details please contact Baz Chapman, WAFA Programme Manager by emailing him here. Or call him on 07768 314415.

Walsall Arts for All is a programme by the Walsall Cultural Education Partnership, find out about WCEP by going to their website by clicking here, funded by Arts Council England through Arts Connect’s Partnership Investment Programme, and by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government through Walsall for All.

More details about Walsall Arts for All can be found on their website by clicking here.