Hull International Carnival Association
The Hull International Carnival is an annual one day Carnival event which takes place in Hull during the second Sunday in September. The following is its three year history.
In 2015 the then Chairman of Hull Black History Month Mr Martin Chinga got in touch with renowned carnival consultant Pax Nindi FRSA through his Global Carnivalz’s website in which he requested assistance from Global Carnivalz Ltd(GCL) (on behalf of the Black History Month group) to start a new Carnival in Hull. GCL’s Chief Executive Pax Nindi responded and agreed to guide the group to formulate a new Carnival organisation with governance and an annual carnival event which engages the different cultures that reside in Hull.
To proceed a meeting led by Pax was held at the Afro Caribbean Centre in Hull as an introduction to the members and an opportunity to discuss the aspirations of the members to start a new Carnival and an association in Hull. Local businessman and the City of Culture board member Doctor Tapan was approached to be the Chairman of the new carnival group who accepted the position, whilst Mr Martin Chinga became the Company Secretary.
In 2016 we got Hull International Carnival Association (HICA) members to participate in a soft Carnival launch attended by the local community, the Mayor with participation from various cultural groups i.e. David Okwesia who specializes in music, dance and hip hop. Hekima Sing and Tell, Folklore, Storytelling and Drumming, Gambia cultural troupe (Africa Arts), Indian Mela (Hindu cultural association), Trans Arts, Hull Samba drumming, Bengali dancers, Iota Visual Arts, Mexican folklore (Latin America) and an umbrella cultural organisation Humber All Nations Alliance(HANA). That was delivered through support from Global Carnivalz Ltd and a grant from the Big Lottery which supported community groups meetings, venue hires, and community mobilization for the 2016 soft launch event.
In 2017 we registered the organisation as a Community Interest Company and also agreed that officially renowned international Carnival expert Pax Nindi will be HICA Artistic Director to assist in the delivery of annual quality international carnival events. For the past three years Pax has been volunteering his time by visiting Hull and assisting the organisation on planning, governance, programming and research into funding and sponsorship. Through him we were able to deliver the Carnival in partnership with the Freedom Festival as well as secure Arts Council small grants funding which helped us deliver a very successful international 2017 carnival involving local artists and an international visiting group from the Bahamas.
This year we recruited more board members and have been meeting looking at governance, new projects, fundraising, sponsorship, staffing, 2018 carnival and beyond. We have again secured Arts Council small grant and the Hull City Council Small grants and will deliver the Carnival again directed by the artistic Director and working in partnership with Freedom Festival as done in 2017.