As Artistic Director of Cabasa Carnival Arts since 2009, Emily’s vision to spread the techniques and traditional methods of costume development and fabrication has already made huge leaps forward in the quality and appeal of carnival artistry in the Northwest.

Emily’s first introduction to Afro-Brazilian percussion, at the tender age of 18, set her on a course which in 2009 saw her become the Artistic Director of ‘Cabasa Carnival Arts’.

As a trained singer, Emily has greatly enjoyed exploring the depth of knowledge surrounding the musical styles of Brazilian song, and has a great deal of flair for Afro-Brazilian dance.

Her work in the Northwest and beyond is ever gathering momentum; her portfolio already boasts several large-scale outdoor carnival costume displays such as the Afoxé Manchester 2009, Exodus; Movement for the People 2011, Junk Jam 2012, Journey of the Orixas 2013 and The Great Garden Carnival 2014, along with designing unique costumes for performance outfits for ‘Juba do Leão’ and ‘Stone Flowers’.

Emily now develops work regularly with leading carnival arts organisations, including Global Grooves and Kinetika.