Jazz Festival invites public to Join the Carnival

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is holding an afternoon of carnival costumes and samba dancing lessons on Saturday 23 June to help get the public in the mood for their huge opening weekend event in July.

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival will wind its wonderfully loud and colourful way through the city centre again on Sunday 15 July as part of the Jazz Festival's opening celebrations - and organisers want everyone to get involved!

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Emma Picken, Festival Manager said:

The carnival is a fantastic event in Edinburgh with many local and international artists. This year we are really keen to involve more local people. It's great fun and such a wonderful experience to parade in a fabulous costume alongside professional artists. So come on down and get involved. 

Would-be participants should come to the Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street between 4-7pm on 23 July, for a chance to try on some amazing Carnival costumes, including headdresses, wings, sequins and feathers. 

There will also be the chance to bang a samba drum or two and learn some of the basic steps of carnival dancing to really get into the swing of things.

Participants will be then invited to become part of the Festival's first ever Carnival bloco, joining dancers following a street band at the main event itself on Sunday 15 July and at Festival 2018: Glasgow Carnival Procession on Saturday 4 August.

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For anyone who's ever wanted to experience a little bit of the carnival culture of Brazil it's a brilliant opportunity - find out more about taking part at edinburghjazzfestival.com

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place in the city centre on Sunday 15 July 2018, starting at The Mound and ending in Princes Street Gardens. Admission is free and unticketed. Find out more at edinburghjazzfestival.com/carnival

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