What can we expect from the 2018 Carnival?

We want to make 2018 a year to remember with a spectacular and inspiring event that celebrates the best of African Caribbean traditions; marking carnival's place in the last 50 years of St Pauls' and Bristol's history. 

As part of the plans to take carnival back to its roots, we want to extend activities throughout the year and get as many people involved as possible. For example through story-telling, sport, music, food, dance, costume making, spoken word, street art, film, training events and a schools outreach programme. 

On carnival weekend itself the Mas parade, sound systems and food will remain a central part of the event. 

Over the next six months we want to work with local people to develop ideas, run events and finalise plans. We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved, creating and taking part, as is the tradition. Carnival is all about participation. It's not a spectator sport. 

The main thing is that it will be brought back in a way which will be safe, family-friendly and inclusive of everyone who wants to get involved and experience a flavour of Caribbean carnival.