Leeds Castle Kent 900th Anniversary – Carnival of History

To celebrate its 900th anniversary, Leeds Castle commissioned the Carnival of History with artists, performers, community groups and musicians coming together from across Kent and beyond, to recreate 9 centuries of history on the weekend of 27/28 July 2019. Commissioned…

Leeds Castle Kent 900th Anniversary - Carnival of History

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To celebrate its 900th anniversary, Leeds Castle commissioned the Carnival of History with artists, performers, community groups and musicians coming together from across Kent and beyond, to recreate 9 centuries of history on the weekend of 27/28 July 2019.

Commissioned by Leeds Castle. Supported with funding from the National Lottery by Arts Council England. Produced by Rosa Productions with Shademakers UK and Alan Larsen of The Troop, in partnership with the Leeds Castle staff and volunteers. MC Mark Griffin of Griffin Historical.

Film edited by Jonathan Birkett for Rosa Productions and Leeds Castle.
Filming by Douglas Boulton, CNI Television, Drone and further camera by Matt Perry, Eye in the Sky Services and GoPro filming by Ashley Kirk and Joe Richards.

Music Credits:
Tom Hodge, Composer: A Tribute to Leeds Castle
Vivien Ellis and Glenn Keiles, Composers and Singer: 11th Century Chant
Nick Bicât and Tony Bicât: Composer and Lyrics: She Wolf of France
With
Tania Holland Williams and the RiverVoice Choir
Blast from the Past
Cancionero
Gong Scourers Morris
Four by Four Bhangra
Uzambezi
Loose Women Morris
Big Fish Arts
MCH Singers
Nepalese Community Drummers

Local Artists:
Päivi Seppälä, LV21 (16th, 17th and 19th Centuries)
Wendy Daws, The MESS Room (13th, 15th and 18th Centuries)
Xtina Lamb, Intra Arts (11/12th, 14th and 20th Centuries)

Other Local Arts Partners:
Acrojou (Jesters)
Cohesion Plus (Programming and Choreography)
Dizzy O’Dare (Phileas Fogg, Tightwire and King Edward Puppet)
Ideas Test (Community Liaison and Programming)
University for the Creative Arts, Rochester (Century Banners and Props)

Artists, Reenactors and Participants:
Acrojou Jesters
Alan Larsen
Alchemy Fireworks
Big Fish Arts
Blast from the Past
Bloco Fogo Samba
Brogdale CIC Community Group
Cadle Historical
Cancionero
Cohesion Plus
Dizzy O’Dare
Fahlein Uir
Four by Four Bhangra
Gong Scourers Morris
Gravesham Urban Knitters
Griffin Historical
Historia Normanis
Home Education Families
Ideas Test
Intra Arts
Island All Stars
Iwade and Newington Youth Groups
Kent Association of the Blind
Kent School of Dance
Kingswood Primary School
Kudos Combat
Leeds and Broomfield C of E Primary School
Leeds Castle Volunteers
Loose Women Morris
LV21 Making More
Maidstone Nepalese Cultural Groups
Making More
MCH Singers
Mid Kent College Performing Arts
Nick and Tony Bicât
Northfleet Active Threads
Oakfield Primary Academy
Optivo Family Groups
Päivi Seppälä
Peer Arts
The Plantagenets
Platts Heath Primary School
Pulteneys Regiment
Rethink Mental Health
Rosa Productions
RiverVoice Choir
Selwood HIstorical
Shademakers UK Carnival Club
Square Peg Theatre Arts Group
Temple Hill Primary Academy
The Free Company
The MESS Room
The Rebel Regiment
The Troop
Tom Hodge
Ulcombe C of E Primary School
University of Creative Arts, Rochester
University of Kent Circus Society
Uzambezi
Vivien Ellis, Glenn Keiles and Dragon Café Singers
West Hill Primary Academy
Wendy Daws
University of Creative Arts, Rochester
Xiazeca Dryzyna
Xtina Lamb
And thanks to all re-enactors, performers, participants, musicians and volunteers

And thanks to the Rosa Productions producers Rosemary Richards and Emma Walker, carnival site and stage manager Thomas Vowles, on site costume supervisor Alex McArthur, and all the volunteer and staff team.

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