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Derby Caribbean Carnival
Derby City Council (DCC) proposes to cut funding to the carnival in 2016, which means that the event may not be able to go ahead. Derby Caribbean Carnival has been running for 40 years (since 1975) and is organised by volunteers within the community. Over 75 volunteers offering in excess of 800 hours of their time each year. The Derby Caribbean Carnival is a key partner in the regional organisation “East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN)”, which is recognised by The Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) that brings national and regional recognition to all the hard work offered by the local community to create high quality costume displays and performances for all communities to enjoy. The solution DWICA is seeking the support of all carnivalists, carnival revellers, local communities, national and international supporters to sign this on line petition as part of a strategic drive to invite the local authority not to cut Derby Caribbean Carnival funding. The cultural, social and economic benefits to communities and the economic and SOCIAL VALUE IMPACT of carnival to the city of Derby cannot be over estimated. What can you do? * Sign the on line petition by 31/01/2016 * Go to our Facebook page and register your “like” * Sign a hard copy petition at DWICA, Carrington Derby DE1 2ND by 31/01/2016 * Go to Derby City Council Website home page then click on council & democracy-consultations-your city, your say latest consultation-on line feedback form. Once there then it is a quick process tick boxes that has a space to register your comments. When doing so it is critical to mention Derby Caribbean Carnival. Comments from various communities:- 2014 Lucy Worthington (Fun-Ability-a charitable disability organisation) Evaluation feedback response:- “Formally thanked Derby Caribbean Carnival Planning Group so much for all the support, bending over backwards in helping them to participate in the carnival. They look forward to being involved next year’s”. Chris White (Kaleidoscope music group) Stated that “everyone really enjoyed the carnival and they appreciated how helpful the committee had all been”. 2015 New arrival communities – Latvian, Roma, Libyan, Congolese, Slovak, and Slovak Roma completing carnival costume design and make workshop at the Bridge Sure Start staff noted:- “An increased their personal and social skills set (Communication, Speech & language Literacy Mathematics, comprehension, team, and independent work skills Derby Caribbean Carnival is a flagship event for the city of Derby and has been a critical strategic partner that successfully delivered The East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Queen Show at Derby Playhouse in June and The National Carnival Conference a two day event in November (27th & 28th) with international guest speakers at Derby Quad, both iconic buildings in the city of Derby. In 2012 DWICA had its core funding cut by 100% which had and continues to have an impact on disadvantage communities living in social and economic deprivation On Thursday 3rd December Derby Evening Telegraph featured an article that outlined DCC consultation process in which community projects were under threat of funding cuts. In addition further information was provided by a local councillor at a BBC Radio Derby event on Thursday 17th December “hot Seat” (a Q&A session with DCC council leader) Derby Caribbean Carnival is a leader in promoting community cohesion and over 40 years has created opportunities for the whole community to unlock its cultural capacity of all ages which will enable them to develop creative artistic and transferable skills. In gaining such skills individual will develop confidence and self-esteem which can enhance employability. To cut the funding of carnival will stop a heritage and legacy for future generations.
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