Creating the Carnival of Delights

Published: August 27, 2018

Get ready for a carnival procession like no other! Five local primary schools have worked alongside professional artists to design and make giant puppets inspired by the history of the Victorian St. Bartholomew Fair, once known for its ostentatious revelry and spirit. 

The resulting artworks will be paraded at Smithfield 150 at Smithfield 150 on Saturday 25 August at 4.30pm, accompanied by the fun-time festival vibes of Kinetika Bloco, an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers. 

The schools that collaborated with the Museum of London were:

  • St Luke’s primary school (year 5) who designed amazing split pin acrobats with moveable limbs around acrobatic tumbling.
  • St Albans primary school (years 5 & 6) who created a wonderful menagerie of exotic animal heads.
  • Moreland primary school (years 4, 5 & 6) were inspired to create bunting and a very large banner using lovely calligraphy and based on Bartholemew Fair and Smithfield Market
  • Hugh Myddelton primary school (year 5) have looked at glove puppets and created their own amazing characters
  • St Peter & St Paul primary school (year 5) have created and brilliantly decorated large letters which adorn a huge puppet of Toby the Pig (a historical oddity and fairground attraction).