ACE dance and music presents COMMUNITY FLORA
generously funded by Birmingham City Council
Ginnie worked as a consultant for ACE dance and music to research and investigate the feasibility for the North Birmingham Alliance (ACE dance and music, Black Voices, Black Arts Forum and Legacy Centre of Excellence) to create a carnival dance parade and anthem for the Commonwealth Games 2022. NBA has received funding from Birmingham 2022 Festival and ACE Dance and music has commissioned Clary Salandy from Mahogany Carnival Arts to design large scale carnival costumes, celebrating flowers from 11 Commonwealth Caribbean countries interwoven with flowers from Birmingham. All costumes will be seen as part of the Route 35 – Embracing Cultures for the Commonwealth Games, presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival with generous funding from Birmingham City Council. For further information of NBA project see: www.north-birmingham-alliance.squarespace.com
ACE dance and music also commissioned a team of artists to create a Community Flora costume, which has been co-created with Birmingham youth and community groups across North Birmingham. The following artistic team were involved:
Costume Design: Anna Lewis
Costume Designer makers: Kate Morris; Shiam Wilcox and Toni Back
Assistant Artists: Mah Jabeen Bano KCM (Khwateen Creative Minds) and Eleanor Hoad
Producer: Ginnie Wollaston
On this project we involved ACE Youth dancers, Forest school groups based in Handsworth Park and Perry Hall Park; KCM Women’s Sewing group based at Oasis Hub Hobmoor, Saheli Women’s group and Birchfield Big local sewing group based in Sons of Rest Handsworth Park.
This Community Flora costume was launched at ACE Space on March 12th with a performance by Funky Juniors and Funky Minis to provide a carnival dance for this celebration. Community groups have learnt to make flowers for head-dresses using recyclable materials, and learnt to dye and sew silk leaves for the costume and make some of the larger flowers which make this costume spectacular.