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Dove hatching from egg at Newham Carnival

Carnival provides a positive framework for communities to come together to celebrate who they are and transform their local public spaces with costumes, music, dance and extraordinary creations.

For 30 years Emergency Exit Arts has been reclaiming streets for people and creating memorable processions and parades at cultural and civic events. Carnival EEA style has wit and artistry and is created through consultation with communities resulting in mass participation by people of all ages.
Our approach includes

  • exploration into local cultures and heritage to create overarching themes and narrative
  • costume design that allows participants to express themselves
  • electrically powered floats and large scale mobile, animated centre pieces with PA systems on board
  • street theatre, live music and dance that bring the story of the carnival to life and keep the participants and spectators moving and smiling.

We also love to work collaboratively with other arts and cultural organisations allowing for creative exchange and learning.

See the past projects for examples of how we've worked with people in the past.

EEA – A Way Out of the Ordinary into the Extraordinary