St Paul’s Carnival,

Dating back to the 1960s with it’s roots steeped in African Caribbean culture is set to return to the streets of Bristol in 2018!

St Paul’s Carnival, celebrates 50 years since it’s birth in 2018!

Now under the new management St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) are  developing a “sustainable plan”  not just for 2018 but potentially to see the Carnival built on new cutting edge rock solid foundations to build on over for the next 50 years.

Roy Hackett one of the original founders stated that in 1968, having recently arrived from the Caribbean they simply wanted to ‘Bring sunshine’ to the UK and the streets of Bristol.

Councillor Carole Johnson, who is also director of the CIC, said they wanted to encourage people “to come along to our Community Engagement Meetings and planning sessions set to take place in St Pauls to meet with the board and share ideas”

The annual carnival was designed to be a celebration of the city’s African-Caribbean culture.
It was previously run by St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival (SPACC)  in recent years sadly it was cancelled three times.


The new board St Paul’s Carnival Community Interest Company (SPC CIC) are focussing on bringing back the carnival for it’s landmark 50th year anniversary back to the streets of Bristol.

New ideas include ensuring a carnival that is litter-free, environmentally sustainable, and promotes diversity and inclusion. To do this, the CIC Community engagement programme has now begun to make St Paul’s Carnival stronger than ever before.

The size and popularity of the last Carnival meant higher levels of organisation, communication, policing and cleaning have been required. This resulted in two key funders, Bristol City Council and the Arts Council England, on the proviso that if it was to go ahead, a new organisation would be essential for the return of a fully family-friendly event.

The Carnival in 2018 will be absolutely spectacular, and will mark a place in Bristol’s unique history. Celebrating the best of African Caribbean carnival traditions, welcoming all nations to come and experience just a little bit of the Caribbean “flava, right here in Bristol. With a vision refocus, draw on all the positives of the past, learn from the rest and take St Paul’s Carnival into the future. To serve the diverse communities spanning across all ages, and to extend a genuine invite and welcome to every part of our City and beyond to all from right here in the heart of Bristol Ashley Ward.

 Cllr Carole Johnson

Carole-Johnson--Carnival Project
Ashley Ward hosts one of the most important events in Bristol’s calendar – St Paul’s Carnival. As the local Labour Councillor, Carole recognises its gravitas, and has accepted the appointed as Non-Executive Director on the new St Paul’s Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) committee.

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