Tropical Isles is an award-winning arts organisation who make Carnival with, by and for young people.
At our East London home, we design and make costumes and create performances working with our young people, professional designers and choreographers. Our year-round activity nurtures the artistic skills and creativity of the many young people we work with.
Our core goals
Core goal 1: Provide access into carnival traditions for young people
Core goal 2: Preserve and develop carnival heritage in London
It also provides a safe and supportive meeting place, a network of friends, paid work and mentoring for young people from Hackney. Each year we take part in major carnivals in the UK and overseas. By celebrating festival and carnival traditions we support socially excluded and disadvantaged children and young people, primarily - but not exclusively - from the Black and Caribbean backgrounds.
Core goal 3: Support young people’s well being, including their professional development and routes into training and employment