Working with Ali Pretty and Kinetika

We're incredibly excited to be working with Kinetika.

Founded by artist Ali Pretty in 1997, inspired by her training in carnival arts in Trinidad and India, Kinetika has an unrivalled reputation for working with local communities on projects that change the way people feel about where they live. Combining world-class bespoke designs on large-scale hand-painted silks with community projects, they produce spectacular outdoor events that engage diverse audiences.

Ali Pretty came to Worcester to lead some creative workshops for Dancefest in May, with our children and young peoples' dance classes at Worcester Community Trust Hubs. She worked with the dancers on designs for large-scale silk flags to be used as part of our performance in the parade for Worcester Carnival.

Ali has had an incredibly interesting creative journey, and we asked her if we could interview her, so we could share a little more about Ali and her work. We loved talking to her and learnt so much about this incredible woman.

You can listen on Soundcloud below, or read the whole interview here.

It's a lasting legacy of our collaboration, which we think will to inspire and give insight, as well as a celebration of Ali and Kinetika.

Ali holding up flag designs
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Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.

Our Masterclass and Stopgap work is part of Keep Moving, which is produced by FABRIC, generously supported by United by 2022, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund through West Midlands Combined Authority.