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Sunday 19 February 2017

Kemptown Carnival Takes Year Out To Host Multiple Brighton Based Fundraisers

The Kemptown Carnival will be taking a year off in 2017 to fundraise and restructure the community group that runs it, with a view to staging the next Carnival in 2018.



The Kemptown Carnival Association plans to develop the organisation into a Community Interest Company, which will have even wider involvement from the local community and build partnerships across the city.

"The Carnival has doubled in size 2011 when it was first brought to life and  it's now the largest free community street arts festival in Brighton," says Carnival Director Mat Cook.

"Transforming the Carnival organisation into a more professional body is the natural step for us. Year on year the Carnival has become more colourful and vibrant with over 700 artists and performers taking part in 2016.


"The Carnival simply couldn't take place without the support of our partners, sponsors, local residents and traders, and the incredible artists that make the Kemptown Carnival what it is."

As well as re-structuring the body which runs it, throughout 2017 the Kemptown Carnival Association will host a season of musical and family events across the city to make an early start on fundraising for the 2018 event.

Working with the Palace Pier, the Carnival confirmed that the first event will take place in Horatio's Bar at the end of the Pier on April 15th. 

The gig will feature the Carnival's 2016 headline act, the psychedelic wonders; King Lagoon's Flying Swordfish Dance Band, supported by Bunty Looping, one of Brighton's leading solo artists.

In May Kemptown Carnival will be at the Spiegeltent on the Old Steine, and on June 24th the Carnival will be hosting its popular children's festival, cake bake and tea party at St George's Church in the heart of Kemptown Village.

Following a very positive public meeting last weekend, the Carnival is now inviting interested volunteers to get involved over the coming year.

If you have something to offer - time, skills, enthusiasm - contact Mat Cook, at cooktherabbit.events@gmail.com. The next public meeting will be taking place in March, with a date to be announced in the coming weeks.

by: Mike Cobley




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