Major statement regarding this years Carnival event:
“Due to circumstances beyond our control it is with regret that we have had to make the decision to postpone the main Carnival day until September. This is due to ongoing challenges regarding the event management of what is one of Europe’s biggest Afrikan Caribbean street Carnivals. As many of you are aware the organisation is under new management and we are 100% committed to delivering a high quality, culturally relevant and safe, free annual Carnival that is Afrikan Caribbean led in collaboration with wider support. Whilst we understand the disappointment, we are confident the community will be behind our efforts and we look forward to working with the community and partners over the coming months. You can follow the latest information either via our social media, website or by tuning into our dedicated Carnival radio show on Ujima 98fm”
A message from Carnival Director, Cleo Lake
“Now that I am over the initial disappointment of the postponement of the main Carnival day, I am feeling extremely confident and we are looking ahead to September. We are currently building a star team of industry professionals to deliver the Carnival and the team includes local and national talent coming together behind the scenes and on the stages to deliver a cultural celebration and edutainment event that will be second to none … Work is underway to recruit young people to explore their talents and gain new skills that will ensure that the Carnival can be delivered now and in the future. The support from the local community and further afield is coming in thick and fast and I would like to thank everyone who is making contact and in particular the UK Centre for Carnival Arts which is based in Luton… We know how important the event in July is for school and community groups, so we will be staging an exclusive gala event on July 4th as to not disrupt the preparations that are already under way…
We ask for mass support. Volunteer with us or watch our anthem video and download our Charity single. We launch our crowd funding campaign on June 26th and there will be official fundraisers happening from May 22nd right through until September and includes July 4th. Artist applications open on Thursday May 7th… We know that this has come as a disappointment but we ask you to ‘walk with us‘.”
Join a Carnival House Do you live in St Pauls? Join a Carnival House!
This year we have introduced Carnival Houses. The names of which are some of the founders of the 1968 St Pauls Festival. They are Roy Hackett, Barbara Dettering, Owen Henry. Join a Carnival House by emailing email@example.com with the chosen House name. All applications will be correlated and depending on numbers each street will fall under a House name and should be decorated accordingly and have its own day of celebration. We need Carnival Reps to help with this.
Get Involved: Big thanks to Parallel Dimensions and Mr Whompy for organising the first of many fundraisers.
May 22nd Attic Bar.
Angie Amra Anderson came down and taught elements of Bel Air and Kumina. What an honour to learn from her. We look forward to her return.
Youth Drummers Needed to Beat Cultural Rhythms at this years Carnival – Free Training Provided. Get Involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsRscAZzkm8&feature=em-share_video_user
Watch our Carnival Update here: Carnival Update Feb 2015
Watch our Anthem Video here: Carnival Time Again / We Deh Ya