Young Manchester entrepreneurs win award headed up by actor Kevin Spacey

Two young entrepreneurs triumphed in a national competition winning a grant to set up a ground-breaking project described by Kevin Spacey as “developing a new art form” and “innovative and original”. 

In November 2009, Karnival Ltd, headed by Michael Lever, 25, from Whitefield, and Jack Meredith, 24, won a highly sought-after award presented by Ideas Tap.

Karnival, which is launching its first night in The Deaf Institute on April 1, is a combination of interactive theatre and nightclub.

Ideas Tap, a creative network and funding body for emerging arts talent headed by Kevin Spacey, praised Karnival’s innovative and original ideas saying, “Karnival is breaking boundaries in performance’.

Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London, has had a long history of supporting up and coming creative people. He said about Karnival, “I found Karnival to be truly innovative and original. This is the immersive clubbing experience.”

Michael Lever, managing director of Karnival Ltd, is an events producer and promoter in Manchester and has worked on the annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival, Summer in the Park music festival and the North Pole Bar.

He said “This is really exciting for us. We have been working so hard to make Karnival happen and now we have the support to help launch the project. We have in the last few months been recruiting a highly specialised and talented team to enable us to pull this off and we are now ready to launch Karnival to the world”.

What is Karnival?

Karnival is a large scale night of creative performance and fantastic music, which combines the energy of clubland with the magic of theatre. Music, lights, costume, performers and 

props are all devices used to engage and involve the audience in the action that will be taking place all across the dance-floor.

Mystery and excitement combine to create a spectacle that promises to be the greatest party in the world.

Drawing inspiration from groundbreaking South American performance company De La Guarda, Karnival is hoping to bring a new type of performance experience to the British audience.

Let’s be clear; this is not a show to stand and watch. Instead the performance will envelop the audience, happening all around them, including them in the action and drawing them in to be a part of the experience.

Jack Meredith, creative director of Karnival Ltd, who is from Birmingham, said: “This night takes clubbing and performance to the next level. By combining the two genres, we have created something unique and exciting which will attract a range of people.

“We have big plans for Karnival and after Manchester we will be touring across the country bringing our individual brand of party to the masses.”


Karnival launches on April 1, 2010 at The Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester.

Tickets are available from The Deaf Institute or from Ticketline on or by calling 0161 832 1111.

Following the undoubted and eagerly anticipated success in Manchester, Karnival will be touring cities across the country from summer 2010. See for upcoming tour dates.

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