Gloucester Carnival Sets The World In Motion 


Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership have successfully bid for funding from Arts Council England to take this year’s Carnival forward. The additional funding has given Gloucester Carnival Artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned, award winning Carnival experts: Shademakers UK, Mandinga Arts and choreographer Manuela Benini. Gloucester Carnival’s work to establish itself as a member of Carnival Network South will provide the Gloucester Carnival Artists with even more access to some of the Country’s best Carnival practitioners. 


With the theme of this year’s Carnival being World in Motion, the Carnival draws on Gloucester’s industrial heritage where the City exported vehicles and transport infrastructure around the World. Expect to see a vibrant procession with a South Asian influence parading through the Streets of Gloucester on 21stJuly. Leaving Westgate Car Park at 3.30pm, the City will witness a celebration not to be missed.  


Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership has seen some exciting progress after seven years of hard work putting Gloucester Carnival at the centre of the City’s cultural life.  The partnership is made up of 8 organisations led by Marketing Gloucester, Artshape, Global Arts, Team M.S.B and strategic consultant Cath Wilkins and the Hindu Cultural Association who joined forces to apply. Seed funding in 2017 from Great Places scheme has allowed relationships within the wider Carnival sector to flourish.  


This funding, matched by investment by Gloucestershire County Council (Adult Education) and Gloucester City Council, has also enabled 5 local community groups and 2 Gloucester primary schools to benefit from working with professional artists. 


Lise Noakes, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “I am delighted that Arts Council England have recognised the hard work and commitment shown by the Carnival Arts Partnership, which is ensuring more of our communities are involved in Carnival each year. We can look forward to an even more vibrant carnival this year’.  


Arts Council England supports carnivals and festivals throughout England to give members of the public access to high quality, ambitious art in a variety of spaces.  


For more information, please contact: Festivals Lead at Marketing Gloucester, Karen Pearson on 01452 20 70 20