As artistic director of Bravura, Barbara has devised and directed many regional carnival and community participatory events throughout the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria as well as carnivals in Beijing and Berlin. Barbara and her team of makers, workshop leaders, technicians, musicians and choreographers have facilitated members of the community in the making of many elaborate and colourful structures, costumes, banners, lanterns and site decoration that have enriched their celebrations throughout the year.

Working in partnership with event commissioners, community leaders and teachers Bravura’s team is able to bring almost any theme alive in a vibrant and inclusive way, designing and organising workshops for all ages and abilities.

We work on the principal that the greater the participation the greater the ownership and enjoyment.