Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Boomtown Carnival Outreach Projects

Boomtown has alway been about sharing our passion for music and art with as many people as we can persuade to listen! In fact for the last 5 years, through a series of outreach projects we’ve been on a mission to take that love for festivals, the carnival, community and creativity directly to people who haven’t had the chance to experience the magic and show them exactly what we’re talking about.

To inspire people early the Boomtown Carnival Outreach Projects which have grown in size year-on-year,  are specifically created for children and young people (5-18 and their families!). Led by experts from the carnival and music world, they’re made up of a series of interactive workshops that include dance, acrobatics, circus, music making, carnival crafts and costume design and radio interviews and production or film documentary skills. All of which are designed to inspire, teach new techniques, offer new experiences and ultimately foster a love for music and art.

To support our local communities the workshops take place in Winchester (where the festival is)  and Bristol (where our head office is) in June-July. Everyone is welcome and there is no experience required!  If they spark a creative fire and they would like to, any families who attend the workshops are invited to showcase their new designs, artwork or dance skills at Boomtown itself, as part of the the Sunday Carnival Parade.

To find out more about the rest of our involvement with the local community, check out our local pages here.

2019 - Outreach Projects

More information on the 2019 projects will be updated here in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to contact the team directly please email:

2018 - Carnival Arts Workshops

To celebrate Boomtown’s tenth anniversary the Outreach Projects went on a road trip to Bristol and Winchester with a programme packed full of Carnival Costume, Theatre and Dance, Music, and Radio production workshops.  Led by singer/MC Eva Lazarus,  Keshav Singh from Jus Now, dancer Theo Oloyade and the team from Radio Plattform, there was no end to the experts on hand to to teach the vital skills needed to bring the carnival to life.  Everyone who attended was given the chance to help us mark the festival’s milestone by performing in the Opening Ceremony on the Lion’s Den Stage in front of 30,000 people and taking part in the Sunday Carnival Parade. A chance of a lifetime!

In partnership with Bassline Circus, with thanks to funding from Bristol City Council, together with all the young people, we created one of the most epic opening shows ever.  Our thanks go to all the families that took part and our venue partners; St Paul’s Adventure Playground, Bristol,  Winchester Discovery Centre and Winnall Primary School in Winchester.  

Music: Intro produced by Keshav Chandradath Singh (Jus Now) with Eva Lazarus and Koroleko Moussa Dembele,

Facilitators: Circus Zambia, Abi Kennedy and Tomasin Cuthbert Menes - costume, Radio Platfform, Theo Godson Company, Olivia Francis and Manuela Benini - dance.

Carnival groups and performers: Natasha Benjamin Hype dance Bristol, Paloma Styles -Cinco coco, Mahogany Carnival Arts, Jane Blackburn, Non Comprende, Sunshine International Arts , London School of Samba, Batala Portsmouth

With massive thanks to Mia Harris, Natalia Colville, Claire Horton, Luke Plaister, Mimi Clifford, Lizzie Hall, David Peverley, Andrea Greenwood and the carnival team for making it happen and Gary Thomas film and edit and footage from Clockwise and Hannah Tyson for this video.

What was said about us!

Winnall Primary School Parents on the Opening Ceremony

“Drums. Atmosphere. Inclusion of local children. Couldn't believe how receptive the crowd were to the kids on stage. The squad from Bristol were fantastic”

“Exciting. Overwhelming. Something she won’t ever forget”

“This was such a fantastic opportunity for the children of Winnall School. The school has a number of children who are not exposed to things that others in Winchester are. The link made with the school was a long lasting one and one that children have not forgotten.”

Winnall Primary School Teachers:

“The project was executed really well and I don’t feel like it needs to improve but just done more often because the children really enjoyed it!”

“The children enjoyed the workshops and brought enthusiasm back to the classroom”

Previous Carnival Workshops

  • 2018:  Winchester Discovery Centre 1 day carnival workshop, St Paul's Adventure Playground Bristol 2 day carnival workshops, Winnall Primary School Winchester 2 days dance and singing workshops.  (Bristol City Council Funded)
  • 2017: Winchester Discovery Centre 1 day carnival workshop, Naomi House music workshops with Boomtown favourite artists  Jus Now (Hampshire Council funded)
  • 2016: Winchester Discovery Centre 1 day carnival workshop, Naomi House music workshops with Jus Now, Bristol Trinity Centre 1 day workshop (Awards for All funded)
  • 2015: Winchester Discovery Centre 1 day carnival workshop ( Awards for All funded and Hampshire Council funded)
  • 2014: Winchester Discovery Centre - 2 day carnival and circus workshops (Arts Council funded)