Credit: St Pauls Carnival
St Pauls Carnival is said to be returning in 2018 for its 50th anniversary. The event, which aims to represent best of African Caribbean culture, as well as the immense diversity, creativity and vibrancy of Bristol, has not been held since 2014.
The carnival was cancelled in 2015 due to allegations of mismanagement which meant funding was pulled by the council and Arts Council England. The newly formed St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) say it has created a sustainable plan for the festival. It also says that community events, fundraising activities and history projects will start the countdown to and preparations for next year’s event.
There are several different events happening around Bristol to mark the festival despite no official backing, including a scaled-down event at the Malcolm X Centre on 1st July.
“It has been a long time in the making but we are so pleased to be announcing the return of St Pauls Carnival,” says chair of St Pauls Carnival CIC Apuuli. “I know how carnival influenced my sense of identity growing up and I want my children and future generations to be able to share in that experience too. In 2018 we will deliver a carnival which returns to its roots and does justice to carnival’s rich history, in a way that is safe and family-friendly. This year we are keen to work with local people and partners to run smaller scale, warm-up activities, particularly focused on children, young people and families.”
The team are inviting all members of the public to get involved in the carnival, and are welcoming ideas for volunteering, performing and community engagement.
Watch about how the carnival has been reborn below