Tola Dabiri

Date: 20th September 2023

Ep 5

Dr Tola Dabiri on the history of carnival arts and the social prescribing of arts and culture

Dr Tola Dabiri is the National Lead for Arts and Culture at the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Tola has worked across the cultural sector since 1995, beginning her career in public libraries and archives.  She has also worked at the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, The National Archives, and the UK Centre for Carnival Arts.   

In our discussion, Tola talks passionately about the history of carnival arts and why it’s still important in Caribbean culture today, and about the importance of recording and preserving all histories.  Tola explains how social prescribing works and talks about the Power of Music Fund.  

Her own creative health pursuits include creative writing and embroidery. 

Carnival in a Box
Carnival Archives
National Academy of Social Prescribing
The Power of Music Fund
International Journal of Carnival Arts

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Edited by Penny Bell @podcastpenny