BBC Radio Leeds will broadcast a series of packages looking at the stories behind the city’s West Indian Carnival.
Starting today, the station will promote a special line-up of news, features and guests in the run up to the climax of the event on Monday August 25th.
Radio Leeds will have special guests dropping into the studio – including musicians, historians, costumes designers and cooks – and there will be live reports from the Carnival preparations and on the parade day itself.
The station has also teamed up with the Carnival organisers and young film-maker Jonnel Benjamin to produce a special Carnival Stories film looking at the past, present and future of Leeds West Indian Carnival. The film will premiere at the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday August 22nd and will subsequently be available to view exclusively on the BBC Radio Leeds website.
“We cannot wait to bring the incredible sights, sounds and smells of the Leeds Carnival to our regular listeners,” says Katrina Bunker, Deputy Editor BBC Radio Leeds. “The festival is of massive importance to the city and its communities and we’re thrilled to be involved with so many aspects of this brilliant local event.”
Starting life in 1967 from a bedsit in Leeds, the carnival has grown into a spectacular annual event attracting 150,000 visitors.