Pax Nindi FRSA is the founder and Chief Executive of Global Carnival Centre.
As qualified printer Pax migrated from Zimbabwe in the 80’s, founded community video project Paxvision and became event organisor setting up Deptford Days and Chimanimani (Zimbabwe) Festivals.
1996 - 2006 he served as senior member Arts Council where he wrote Carnival Arts Strategy, initiated/edited On Route book, produced international Carnival Conferences and initiated 10 International Fellowships in Brazil, Trinidad, Europe and USA.
2011 - 2014 directed St Pauls Carnival and later became Creative Director for UKCCA where he produced the only Eastern region’s 2012 Olympics carnival, directed Luton International Carnival, Brazil Encontro and European project in Denmark, UK, Hungary and Germany.
In 2013 he wrote and published “Rampage – In Pursuit for Carnival Excellence” carnival book and remains World Carnival Commission Vice President (Canada), Director for’ Circus Development Agency, Birmingham Carnival, Ghana Centre for Carnival Arts and Patron for RASPO and Carnaval Del Peublo.
2014 initiated Kenyan Peace Carnival, presented Bahamas Junkanoo Commandos in France, Rampage Mas in Denmark and produced a Carnival Symposium in Ghana. Pax also coordinated the Hackney One Carnival, Great British Carnival event in London Olympic Park and mentored Abuja Carnival (Nigeria).
Pax Nindi is Chief Executive and founder of the Global Carnival Centre, National Advisor for Arts Council of England, South Africa Arts, Sports and Culture, Arts Council of Wales and Ireland. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and an international carnival consultant, Pax is a keen advocate for the carnival artform and lectures as well as speak at conferences around the world.
Brazil is lucky to have this talented artist, who has been away from home for years yet still carries his Zimbabwean and Malawian culture as witnessed in the Povo album. It probably also helps, while he is in Latin America, that he is also a carnival guru!
Joseph Charles - Soca News (UK)
“Having known and worked with Pax, he brings a unique skill set to any environment as a performing artistes, arts entrepreneur or when he meets challenges of arts management and programming. Pax’s skills and experience have for over a decade enhanced the creative sector generally especially carnival!”
Robert Lee - Artistic Director Love Luton Festival 2012
Our link with African cultures strengthens every time Pax Nindi performs in Brazil and
glad that Pernambuco has become his second home. We miss him when he returns to
Jaque Araújo - Porto Rico Maracatu (Brazil)
“Pax is possibly the most well connected man in Carnival. It's hard to meet anyone involved in this art form that doesn't know his name. He's an excellent networker and a great source of knowledge and contacts.”
Pauline Tambling - Executive Director Arts Council England
After the encores, Pax Nindi left the Notting Hill punters screaming for more African
Reggae in a space where others had failed to get the crowds moving .
DJ Wala - Limpopo Club (UK)
“Pax has a great ability to bring people together to create remarkable things, his ideas are at the forefront of innovation and he can nurture a thought, idea or a person to achieve its fullest potential”.
D. J. Knight - Art Director Nine Red Presents
Pax was open minded and innovative in his approach to running UKCCA. This was evidenced by him encouraging business students to become directly involved with carnival groups to address funding issues and longer term sustainability. At a time when the sustainability of carnival was in question due to austerity measures, Pax was brave enough to try something new. At the time this resulted in a range of positive outcomes for all stakeholders.
Dr Elly Philpott – Senior Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire
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