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Canboulay, out of the fire comes, DANCE OF THE CLOTH.

August 2020

In 2000 Ray Mahabir created South Connection Carnival Club’s Notting Hill carnival production entitled Canboulay, out of the fire comes, DANCE OF THE CLOTH. In researching a festival to celebrate the new millennium, I came across Canboulay, which was originally celebrated on August 1st, (the date of Emancipation celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago). Subsequently, it […]

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Liverpool – International Slavery Museum  – Sailor Mas costume 

July 2020

Liverpool – International Slavery Museum  Art Commission Brief – Sailor Mas costume  Background  The transatlantic slave trade was the greatest forced migration in history.  And yet the story of the mass enslavement of Africans is one of resilience and survival against all the odds, and is a testament to the unquenchable nature of the human spirit. In 1994, National Museums […]

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British Liberty exhibition: WEST AFRICA: WORD, SYMBOL, SONG The Bele  Costume – By Ray Mahabir  

July 2020

Commission for the British Liberty exhibition:  WEST AFRICA: WORD, SYMBOL, SONG A journey through time, the Bele Costume by Ray Mahabir is indicative of Caribbean history, struggle, freedom and celebration.  The costume relates the cross-cultural rags-to-riches story of Carnival and inspires mental imagery of the Bel Air dance, culture and folklore through the ages.    The tale commences […]

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Underneath the arches- 2012-2020

May 2020

It has always been a dream of mine that one day I will have a space to create where I can house all my passions in my life- CARNIVAL- COMMUNITY- MY INDIA WORK- FOOD…  In 2012 I got this opportunity and on the 3rd of May 2012, C.A.F.E…Carnival – Arts – Food – Empowerment, later […]

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Come work with us! S.i.A has two exciting roles available at our Community Centre and C.A.F.E. We are looking for a Centre & Rentals Manager.

January 2020

Centre and Rentals Manager: Day to Day Management and Administrative tasks in relation to the management of Sunshine International Arts’ Community Centre and Café – C.A.F.E ‘Carnival-Arts-For-Everyone’ Reporting to: Ray Mahabir, Artistic Director (Line Manager)  Key Responsibilities: Managing and overseeing the centre’s operations. Management of the rental spaces and delivery of events. Administration on a […]

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Come work with us! S.i.A has two exciting roles available at our Community Centre and C.A.F.E. We are looking for a Café & Artistic Assistant.

January 2020

Centre, Café and Artistic Support/Assistant Reporting to: Artistic Director & Centre Manager  Role: This is an ideal opportunity for a hard working individual with an interest in the arts and/or carnival with some experience in hospitality looking for a casual and flexible position. Job Type: Casual 1-2 days a week Salary: London Living Wage Closes: 9th March […]

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What S.i.A has been up to over the last 6 months…

October 2019

S.i.A has had a tremendous Summer of carnival projects, costume building and community engagement ! Each autumn we love taking a look back over the SUNSHINE months to reflect on all the incredible things we’ve been involved with.         This April – September season saw S.i.A sustain various annual projects:Our Total audience […]

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YOGA @ Sunshine

June 2019

Weekly Class Schedule: Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:30pm with Lana (Please note: NO CLASS on Tuesday 18th June) Thursdays, 7:15pm – 8:30pm with Claire Sundays, 10:00am – 11:15am with Beckie (Please note: NO CLASS on Sundays throughout July or September) Drop ins welcome, although pre-booking is advised due to limited spaces. Suitable for beginners. £8 per […]

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