In 2013 Hughbon Condor designed costumes for the Leeds West Indian Carnival and developed the High Esteem project for people aged 16-30 to get involved. Leeds Inspired supported the project with a £500 grant.
32 people took part in the workshops which created the magical Carnival King and Queen costumes for Leeds West Indian Carnival.
A band called the High Esteem Carnival Troupe was developed as part of the project and showed the continuation of the tradition in making innovative costumes and pushing the boundaries in design concepts. It formed a base for young people to engage in the making of costumes and was a new opportunity for young people to get involved with carnival in the local area.
Hughbon Condor is an internationally respected carnival costume designer and has been designing and making Carnival costumes from the age of 17. He's been closely associated with Leeds West Indian Carnival for many years.
High Esteem combined hands-on training in Caribbean carnival costume design, manufacture and performance with mentorship in business skills. It aimed to ensure a cultural legacy by developing people’s skills and creative contributions to the art of carnival and other large scale event.
Image: Andre Pyke-Condor, Hughbon Condor & Sephbon Condor in their Birds of a Feather costumes.