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Collaborating with Tilbury-on-the Thames Trust, Kinetika’s Artistic Director, Ali Pretty, drew upon her experience of designing for Notting Hill Carnival in the nineties, to bring back Tilbury Carnival.
The Empire Windrush famously docked at Tilbury in 1948, and with such an important and obvious connection to the history of carnival in the UK it seemed fitting that this was a central source of reference and inspiration.
As part of the carnival preparations, Kinetika was commissioned to lead a number of community workshops to create 30 beautiful silk flags that showed different aspects of this connection to Empire Windrush as well as Tilbury’s rich history and international connections.
Over 100 people took part in the process from such groups as:
Thanks to everyone who took part!
All the final sets of flags are displayed on this page, and are as follows:
The flags were unveiled at the Tilbury Carnival in July 2019 and there are plans to use them to decorate the Cruise Terminal as part of wider improvement schemes being planned by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust.
If you’d like Kinetika to work with your community or local group to create a set of flags, please get in touch.
This flag making project was funded as part of the wider Tilbury Carnival project and was supported by Arts Council England, the Windrush Day Fund, Port of Tilbury and Thurrock Council.