With the entry of King contestants and skills in costume making growing within the region, 2017 saw the biggest most spectacular King & Queen show for EMCCAN yet.
Hosted at Nottingham Playhouse, the event kicked off with the show-stopping ‘Carnival Clash’, an energetic performance produced and choreographed by De-Napoli Clarke with support from Arts Council England’s ‘Grants for The Arts’ programme. De-Napoli worked with troupes and young people from the East Midlands carnivals to create the show and the script was brought to life with poetry and drama from Myrle Roach (aka Miss Nan).
After an exciting start, the competition in the second half had a lot to live up to but it certainly didn’t disappoint. Four King’s competed for the first ever EMCCAN Regional King crown and eight dazzling Queen’s followed competing for the prestigious regional and city titles. The quality of every contestant was tremendous and every single one of them did their city and region proud.
It is with pleasure that we announce the city and regional King’s and Queen’s for 2017, congratulations to you all…
EMCCAN Regional King winner – Athan Martin from Leicester, wearing ‘Splendour of the Glorious Sunset’ designed by Lincoln Rahamut / Xtreme Mas / Leicester Caribbean Carnival
EMCCAN Regional Queen winner – Emma Garofalo from Northampton, wearing ‘Anima Mundi “The Soul of the World”‘ designed by Mischief Makers Mas Group / Northampton Carnival
Nottingham Carnival King winner – Jerry Carey wearing ‘The Ancestral King’ designed by Jerry Carey / Ancestors Troupe / Nottingham Carnival
Nottingham Carnival Queen –¬†Tiffany Astill wearing ‘Queen Nefertiti and The Rise of Aten’ designed by Lewis Solomon Hunter / Ray Mahabir Sunshine International Arts / Inspire Urself Dance Arts Events / Nottingham Carnival
Derby Carnival King winner – Montell Windsor wearing ‘Carnival King’ designed by Jessica Kemp / Laura Hill / Montell Windsor / DWICA / Derby Caribbean Carnival
Derby Carnival Queen winner – Samantha Hudson wearing ‘Queen of the Hive’ designed by ¬†Jessica Kemp / Laura Hill / Cultural Roots Carnival Troupe / Derby Caribbean Carnival
Leicester Carnival King winner -¬†Athan Martin wearing ‘Splendour of the Glorious Sunset’ designed by Lincoln Rahamut / Xtreme Mas / Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Leicester Carnival Queen winner – Sumaya Kamal wearing ‘The Mighty Eagle of Freedom’ designed by David Browne – Utopia Mas / Sensational Vibes / Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Northampton Carnival Queen winner -¬†Emma Garofalo wearing ‘Anima Mundi “The Soul of the World”‘ designed by Mischief Makers Mas Group / Northampton Carnival
Special thanks to all of the volunteers and Alison Denholm from City Arts for helping to make this event a reality!
All images from the show and competition will be available to view soon here on the Queen Show page.
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