In times like this, the monsters come, to guide us through the change.
They come from all around the world whenever things get strange.
With fright’ning heads and clanging bells and furs and branches too,
they say goodbye to things gone past, and beckon in the new.
And this November, if you dare (no need to be afraid)
please join the friendly monsters on their winter-time parade!
Across the world, we humans have created masquerade traditions that are both beautiful and startling. Whenever there’s the need for communities to process and incorporate a significant change, we turn ourselves into monsters, animals and spirits.
On Sunday 3 November 2019 – just days after Halloween – we invite everyone and anyone to take part in an extraordinary masquerade parade through the streets of Deptford, witnessed by hundreds of their friends and neighbours watching agog. Expect a whirlwind of masks, fur, feathers, lions, horns, drones, drums, pompoms, bears, sequins, leather and bells.
We have funding of up to £600 per group for schools, community groups and arts organisations to join the parade – please contact me at email@example.com for a chat.
This is the closing event for Deptford X 2019, and is funded by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.
JOIN THE PARADE
- FREE. Sunday 3 November 2019
- Start: 12noon in Fordham Park . End: Deptford Market Yard
Come dressed in a mask and costume, and make some noise! Celebrate your own cultural heritage, or make something new and bold. Everybody is welcome. And if you’re part of a local community group, school, youth club or organisation, contact me now – we could help you do something big! Register at deptfordx.org/parade
COSTUME MAKING WORKSHOPS
- FREE. 11am-3pm
- Saturday 5 and 12 Oct: Deptford X, 9 Brookmill Rd
- Sat 19 Oct, Sun 27 Oct & Sat 2 Nov: Deptford Lounge
Join our free drop-in sessions to design and make your masked costume inspired by European, Asian, African and Caribbean traditions. All ages welcome, and our staff will help you think up an amazing costume. Materials are included. Register at deptfordx.org/parade
HORNIMAN EXPLORERS: CARNIVAL
- Sat 19 Oct / Sat 2 Nov. 11am-12.30pm
- Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
FREE. Get inspiration at the Horniman’s family-friendly workshops exploring the Horniman Museum’s hands-on collection of masks and costumes from around the world. Suitable for all ages. Workshop info
- Pernik Surva Festival, Bulgaria (video)
- Brussels’ Carnaval Sauvage (pix)
- Wilder Mann and Cimarron by photographer Charles Fréger