Our mission is to create and coordinate an annual carnival in Sheffield. A free, family friendly inclusive event incorporating vibrant costumes, a street parade, music, food and cultural activities which reflects the diverse range of international cultures within the city.
We aim to:
- Increase access to and participation in carnival arts
- Nurture interest in the diverse cultural heritage of carnival
- Bring the community together by providing a conduit to promote community cohesion.
- Strive for excellence in the development of skills and knowledge of carnival arts
We will accomplish this by
- Developing strategic partnerships with local arts and culture organisations to develop their skills and knowledge of carnival arts enabling them to promote and sustain carnival artist skills
- Engaging with the local community, schools, colleges and universities to increase access to and participation in carnival arts in order to develop and showcase local skills and talent
- Encouraging participation of people both young and old, from a range of diverse backgrounds to get involved in carnival activities and express themselves through the medium of carnival arts, in order to foster community cohesion
- Share, celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of carnival in order to engage and excite diverse audiences and participants.
Who we are
We are Supreme Origins a not-for-profit group whose aim is to promote lasting culture, heritage awareness and opportunities for diverse communities to come together and celebrate their differences through the means of carnival. Supreme Origins was formed when a few friends whose lasting friendships were built on their shared involvement and experiences of previous Sheffield Carnivals, which ran throughout the 1980’s to 1990’s. The group perceive that cultural diversity is becoming more fragmented in the city, although cultural diversity is growing, and want to create and coordinate a carnival event that could bring people together, to share and celebrate the many cultures in Sheffield.
Most of our group have fond memories of Sheffield Carnival which took place during the 1980’s but sadly came to an end by the early 1990’s. You can find out more from the Sheffield carnival history page.
Supreme Origins has been set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee and we offer our time on a voluntary basis, we are keen to recruit more volunteers to assist us in achieving our goals.
Memories of Sheffield Carnival
Leroy Wenham, talks about the African Caribbean fortnight that took place in Sheffield every September for over a decade. Although it had a city-wide focus, many of the events were initiated in Burngreave, especially the carnival.
“It all started in 1979 when I came from Leeds to work at The Sheffield Caribbean Workshop” said Leroy. “It seemed to me that there was a cultural void in Sheffield at that time. There were no black plays or exhibitions in the city and few opportunities to show off black talent to local audiences. With this in mind, and the idea of sharing our culture with the wider community, I set up a committee and between us we drew up a programme of ten events, lasting over a fortnight. And so it became the “African Caribbean Fortnight”. We had a motto – captivating the city – that’s what we aimed to do! Lots of community groups drove the programme and organised events. We organised workshops in schools on Caribbean themes and we did lots of community events: a fashion show, a health day, a sports day, an Africa day, a talent show with a Caribbean carnival to start or finish off the fortnight.”
“The carnival was only part of it but it’s what many people remember. We’d set a theme each year and design and make costumes with local groups. Some years we would start the procession from Caborn’s Corner on Spital Hill and we’d process through the city to Sharrow. Then the following year we’d start in Sharrow and finish up in Osgathorpe Park. My favourite costume was the praying mantis. I designed it myself and we took the Leeds carnival by storm when we paraded it there.”