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Carnival costume designed by Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts in 2015, based on Bele or Bel Air, a drum dance and song closely linked to Caribbean history, struggle, freedom and celebration. On display in West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, photographed by Toby Keane
Illustration by John Tenniel from the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) Photography courtesy of the British Library
Alice, as she grows larger.
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