Scaled-Down: St Paul's Carnival Update

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St Pauls Carnival Committee has announced that this year’s event on the 7th July will be a much smaller affair due to the lack of donations leaving them without enough money to put on a celebration of its usual scale.
The Carnival will still include a procession with music performance, food and goods stalls, information stands, Mandela’s Hideaway for children in St Agnes Park and will see the return of the dominoes and chess tournaments run at Carnival in its early years.

Changes will involve everything being contained within the Portland Square area, the stage performance element being reduced, no fairground rides and the night time Sound Systems moving to licensed indoor venues in and around St Pauls, instead of their usual on-street presence.

Last year’s event was a huge success, however, despite an attendance of 100,000, which costs £250,000 to fund, donations only amounted to £3,000. The carnival is partly funded by Bristol City Council and the Arts Council but it is not enough to cover the cost of maintaining such a large scale event.
Rebecca Gibbs, chair of the committee  “It is simple - to secure the future of the Carnival we cannot spend more than the available funds. It has been a difficult decision which has come at the end of a complex and time-consuming process of continued fundraising and consultation."

Anyone who wants to invest in Carnival’s future can find more information on the Carnival website,

For further information please contact St Pauls Carnival office, The Coach House, Upper York Street, Bristol, BS2 8QN. Telephone:0117 944 4176
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