We´ve been performing Mas every year since 1980
THE CREATIVE REVOLUTIONS
Elimu Mas Band has been participating in Carnivals all over the world
Elimu is Swahili for knowledge or education
Mas is the diversity of artistic practices & performances in the public realm
Academy is an operational, learning & creative platform for the certification and teaching of the arts of Carnival, and street festivals, and a Network of artists, artisans & performers
THE CARNIVAL ACADEMY
Each one Teach one
C.A.F.E. is a learning & creative platform for the certification and teaching of the arts of Carnival and street festivals
C.A.F.E is a Network and Cultural Education Partnership of artists, artisans & performers
ELIMU MAS BAND
Arts in Motion
Performers and artists showcasing their creativity on the global stage
Curating safe and secure spaces for taking risks, managing modernity and traditions, developing the cultural ecology of Carnival
MISSION & VISION
Elimu sees Carnival’s image as the masque, its creative crucible as the Mas Camp & its performance platform as the public realm & indoor curated space
Promoting artistic excellence, creative diversity & innovation in Mas, Music, Movement & Mayhem
To become a creative hub & incubator for creativity, innovation & excellence in the arts
To provide leadership and learning for practitioners, performers & partners
To become financially robust & resilient by being less reliant on public funding
To promote the arts, culture & heritage of the Caribbean and its Diaspora
FROM COFFEE BAR TO
The 70s Coffee Bar on 70 Harrow Road was a popular drop-in centre for youths in Paddington that quickly gained a reputation as a combative centre whose members were not averse to robustly challenge the frequent incursions by officers from the notorious Harrow Road Police Station.
We were in walking distance from the otting Hill Carnival footprint and it was inevitable that this event would influence aspects of our programmes. But not only that – it was a no brainer in the lives and perceptions of the Trini Quartet that managed the centre not to see the Carnival as a golden opportunity.
Our first participation in Carnival was in 1979 when a group of members filmed and edited an 8mm film on the Carnival called Play Mas. They interviewed participants, Carnival Bands and residents. The film was used as a learning resource for the Centre’s members to begin explorations on the Carnival, but most importantly it was seen as one of the positive experiences of the youths in being involved in the Carnival, not as spectators but as participants.
In 2017, we registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), No. 1171774, with a Board of Trustees and Patrons.
Our first Patrons were Rev Patricia A H Stephens, Dame Jocelyn Barrow OBE, Lord Ouseley of Peckham Rye and Baroness Howells of St Davids OBE. Rev Stephens and Dame Barrow have transitioned and Baroness Howells is unable to carry out her role. We have three new Patrons – Sir Clive Lloyd CBE, Rudolph Walker CBE and Lord Ouseley.
We are proud to have had Giselle La Ronde (Miss Universe), Diane Abbot MP, Former Mayor of Brent, Cllr Bertha Joseph and Prof Andrew Ramroop CMG, OBE associated with the band