Metamorphosis explores the Carnival tradition of whole body painting as an empowering, transformative and life changing experience. This groundbreaking project will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for women and artists to tell their stories through the unique art form, creating beautiful, thought provoking imagery.

Cabasa will change the lives of peri and post natal women experiencing feelings of anxiety and isolation through this artist led outreach and engagement project. An exciting team of emerging and established artists will be trained by high profile industry leaders, learning the incredible power of art as a catalyst for positive change.

“This project has potential to help women struggling with negative body image. I whole heartedly support the project and would be happy to refer patients who might be interested in taking part” Dr Aisha Malik (MbChb, BSc, MRCGP). Tameside GP.

More about this project soon. If you would like to be involved email: [email protected]

The Great Garden Carnival

We were commissioned by RHS Tatton Flower Show to produce The Great Garden Carnival from 23rd – 27th July 2014 in their Escape Zone. Over the week we sent out our dancing flutter of butterflies along as well as our vibrant flower-inspired dress wearers who will be carrying large umbrellas adorned with fresh flowers. As well as the dance groups there were 4 different percussion groups parading through Tatton Park bringing a fantastic taste of Carnival to RHS Tatton Flower Show for the first time.

“ This colourful, vibrant parade is taking place twice daily throughout the show and will feature floral umbrellas designed and made by Verdure Floral Design, native butterfly people and toe-tapping percussion to entertain visitors. The parade will finish at the bandstand in Escape, where the carnival vibe will continue. The parade is being organised by Cabasa Carnival Arts, which is a leading multi-regional carnival arts organisation, producing large scale, spectacular outdoor work, which keeps the community at its heart “

Since May 2014 we have been creating large global and British butterflies, flower dresses inspired by the fresh flower umbrellas and a set of tall tropical wings. We have teamed up with Cheshire Dance, who provided 25 dancers from the local area daily for the parades

Our creations were first premiered at Manchester Day 2014. We had a group of our fantastic dedicated volunteers who helped create the butterflies and dresses, parading through the packed streets of Manchester for this annual spectacle celebrating all things Manchester.