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Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond

Dancing in the Streets: Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond is an exhibition about the cultural expression of Carnival as developed by enslaved people who were transported from Africa. Carnival combines the Roman Catholic festival celebrated across Europe, the introduced by the colonizing Portuguese or French, with contemporary cultural mixing. In each case, this mixing significantly defines and tells the history of the country or specific city. This exhibit explores Carnival’s roots in slavery and emancipation, traditional characters that transmit the history of each festival, and the engagement of Carnival in socio-political issues. Visitors will see original Carnival costumes, photographs, artwork and videos of the dances as well as listen to samples of Carnival music.

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Fire Goddess, Notting Hill Carnival, London, England, 2002.  Photograph by A. R. Tompsett.