St Pauls Carnival

Ashley ward hosts one of Bristol’s most important events in the Bristol calendar: St Pauls Carnival. Carole has been appointed as one of the Non-Executive Directors on the new committee, St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC). The objectives of the organisation are:

• To revive St Pauls Carnival and bring the iconic event back to the streets of Bristol

  • To use 2017 as an opportunity to build partnerships and test ideas for 2018
  • To run a series of smaller scale, community-led events targeted at the local community (in St Pauls and Bristol) and with the emphasis on participation
  • To celebrate the best of Carnival traditions and African Caribbean culture
  • To promote diversity and inclusion
  • To create a fun, family-friendly event that is safe and exciting
  • To work towards a litter-free, environmentally sustainable event.

Arts Council England has now invited St Pauls Carnival CIC to join the National Portfolio of organisations it offers funding to, in order to ensure Carnival returns to Bristol’s streets for its 50th anniversary in 2018 and beyond. It will give the CIC £150,000 every year from 2018-2022, meaning it will benefit from £600,000 in investment over the next four years.

The new SPC CIC Community engagement programme has now begun. This aims to take Carnival back to its roots whilst providing support to empower and enable the community to cultivate the positive actions of the past and develop awareness and learn from the things that did not go so well.

Leading up to the 50th anniversary celebration in 2018, SPC CIC will be running a 12 month programme filled with activities which will extend throughout the year this will include story-telling, sport, music, food, dance, costume making, spoken word, street art, film, training events and a schools outreach programme. Culminating in Carnival weekend with the Parade, sound systems and of course plenty of food which will remain a central part of the event! For more information, see

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