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Kinetika collaboration with Norwich City Council 2019
For a second year running, Kinetika lead artist, Ali Pretty, worked with local artists and community groups to design and make 8 x 4m silk painted flags, to be carried in the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich and Great Yarmouth Carnival.
This years’ theme was The World Around Us, raising awareness of the Climate Emergency and the threat to the Environment. There were four sections to the parade, each with two flags.
The focus of this section is animals. These popular animals are often the poster children in zoo advertising and environmental protection appeals, simply because they are so well-liked that people tend to pay more attention to the messages. Thus, donor dollars flow more readily to support conservation and research efforts that benefit these beloved animals and others.
We are entering the 6th mass extinction and this time it is caused entirely by humans. Up to 50% of creatures could be in danger by the middle of this century. We are at almost 45 times the ‘background’ extinction rate.
Participant Groups/Artists: Girl Up with Sarah Ballard
Under One Roof, St. Martin’s Trust. With Holly Bodmer, Sorrell Muggridge, Eyebrow Arts
This section is about biodiversity, the rate of extinction for plants, animals and fungi. We are at a tipping point. Earth overshoot day. The day each year when we have effectively used the world’s resources. This year it was 1st August the earliest ever. Farming is something that’s particularly relevant in Norfolk and 70% of topsoil has been eroded by current arable farming methods.
Participant Groups/Artist Herring House, Great Yarmouth with Genevieve Rudd
A Drop in the Ocean
This section is about plastic pollution, erosion and rising sea levels. What are the impacts of plastic pollution on the east coast and in our environment? Clear water is only present in 5 out of 63 Norfolk Broads. How can we reuse plastic in carnival and also in life in general?
Participant Groups/Artists Ipswich Road Community Hub with Holly Bodmer and Sorrel Muggridge, Eyebrow Arts, City College with Ellie Diver
Protect and Defend
This section is about human impact and the power to act. We are custodians/ stewards of the planet and we have created the problems but we also have the ability to fix it.
Participant Groups/Artists Woodcraft Folk with Sarah Ballard Bridges, St. Martin’s Housing Trust with Holly Bodmer and Sorrell Muggridge, Eyebrow Arts