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St Paul's Carnival CIC reveal next step for 2018 festival

Organisers of St Paul’s Carnival have revealed the first stage of preparations for its momentous 50th anniversary festival, taking place on 7th July 2018. 

July 2018 will see St Pauls Carnival celebrate 50 years of this rich and vibrant cultural landmark. Representing the best of African Caribbean culture as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of Bristol and St Pauls, 2018 will see the event hark back to its roots in celebration of the true spirit of carnival. 

The festival has completed the first stage of plans for the 2018 edition, with an event production team in place for the delivery of the event, as well as voluntary teams being formed to oversee creative elements including soundsystems, the parade, community workshops and engagement, music and dance and an education programme which will begin in January 2018. 


As well as receiving confirmation they will be joining the Arts Council’s prestigious ‘National Portfolio’ 2018-22, the St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) successfully applied for and received funding from Bristol City Council’s Imagination Fund for the operation of next year’s carnival, and are now looking to recruit a Managing Director on a fixed term contract, until the delivery of the 2018 Carnival. Alongside this senior appointment, a number of key positions will be recruited in the new year including Site Manager, Administrator and Traders Coordinator to work on the 2018 festival execution. 

Marti Burgess, CIC non-executive director, said:

“St Pauls Carnival is of huge cultural significance, not only for the area of St Pauls itself but for Bristol as a whole. For so many people Carnival is more than just a great party; it’s about culture, heritage and community. We have completed the first planning phases of the festival in collaboration with Bristol City Council and all the key stakeholders and we’re now inviting everyone wanting to participate in the festival or our community programmes to get in touch.”

The St Pauls Carnival Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in February 2017 to create a stable and sustainable future for the event. As an organisation it works to promote and celebrate African Caribbean culture and traditions.

The CIC board is comprised of eight local people, each offering their specific skills, knowledge and expertise on a voluntary basis. Existing to provide strategic direction and advocacy for the future of St Pauls, the long term aim of the CIC is to create a sustainable model for the event to run long into the future.

The carnival management will also be focussing on raising the additional £200,000 required for the 2018 edition of Carnival and are inviting any interested funders or partners to get in touch in the New Year. 

To apply for the Managing Director role please visit To find out more or get involved contact:  

The next community update event will take place on Friday 9 February, 6-8.30pm at the Malcolm X Centre, City Road, St Pauls, Bristol. To keep in touch sign up for the newsletter via or follow on Twitter @StPaulsCRNVL, on Instagram @StPaulsCRNVL and @ StPaulsCRNVL on Facebook.  

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