is a traveling carnival, village, and school for cultural transformation
bridging the worlds of art, activism and faith.
The first “full launch” of the Carnival included two 10 day residencies, first in Harrisonburg, VA then in Charlottesville, VA in the fall of 2013. The following year, the Carnival curated round the clock programing at their own venue within the Wildgoose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. In 2015, the Carnival reconfigured within the Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries’ “Festival of Radical Discipleship” in Oak View, CA and convened in North Carolina in Sept for a Carnival Crew training followed by a weekend of performances at Area 15 in Charlotte. In the fall of 2016, we completed a two week residency in Minneapolis, MN. Check out the press coverage we’ve received over the years.
The Carnival de Resistance is ready to organize a residency in Philadelphia and has wonderful local partners like The Simple Way and the Alternative Seminary. We are currently working to raise the funds to make this dream a reality. Please consider giving so as to enable this residency! Donate Here.
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The Canival Midway gets things started, offering clever twists on old carnival games, face painting, roving musicians, performers, side-shows and interactive installations. The featured event is the Carnival’s ceremonial theater productions that weave storytelling, live music, dance and ritual- to interact with the powerful symbols of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. These lively performances also help us collectively grieve, celebrate, and strive together for justice. Throughout the productions and throughout our life together, the visual artists are almost always painting… enhancing the beauty of the Carnival world and leaving visually compelling gifts in our wake.
A group of courageous artists and activists form the Carnival Crew live communally together in a “Village Demonstration Project”. Shaped by a mindfulness around our environmental impact we experiment with alternatives in regard to waste, energy generation and consumption, transportation, gathering and cooking food. This is a holy game where labor is stitched together with song, making common work a spiritual practice. A bicycle-powered sound system provides our sound needs and we draw on local volunteers to generate power for our productions.
Weekday engagement focuses on creative embodiment, eco-justice and radical theology. Whether it’s mask-making with local children, helping out at local community gardens, painting a mural, leading drumming workshops, storytelling circles, open mics, potlatch events, leading worship, or teaching classes at the local college, and much more… we want to learn from and help revitalize the work of our local allies. When it’s possible, we bring in our mentors who provide even more depth of analysis and experience to bear. From liberating Bible study, to conversations around native rights and earth justice… From discussions about movement history to trainings on bike repair, primitivist and sustainability skills, the Carnival is a special place for learning.