Carnival news update - 14/05/19

Welcome to St Pauls Carnival 2019 newsletter. Every fortnight, we'll be bringing you all the news and updates in relation to what's happening at Carnival Central. We're excited about this year’s event with just under two months to go! This will be the go to place alongside our social channels for all the latest info.


We'll be starting Community Link meetings on the 16th May at St Pauls Learning Centre from 11.00am-2.00pm, with a follow up on 30th May. From the 1st June, there will be weekly Community Link meetings. Keep an eye out for information about each session. We want you to come in, meet the team, ask questions and get involved. Don't spectate, participate!

We have recruited 2 new Board members since last years Carnival, D'jorn Fevrier who is heading up our Carnival Content sub-committee and Ben Hardy who is heading up our Event Management sub-committee.

We also have a brand new Executive Director, LaToyah McAllister- Jones  and Barny Rockford, our new Commercial Manager. This year we have also appointed two temporary positions: Leah Pimm as Schools Programme Manager and Andrea Mahoney as Trade Management Assistant.

We're really pleased to be working with St Pauls Learning Centre again this year as well as UWE. We rely on our supporters in business and within the community to make Carnival happen so we're excited that so many of you are working with us to make this happen in 2019!

Schools’ Programme

Hello, my name is Leah and I am the new Schools’ Programme Manager for St Pauls Carnival. This year we have been working with 16 schools across Bristol ensuring that our diverse community is involved in this important event. We will be delivering costume, dance, drumming, poetry and heritage workshops; all fitting in with this years theme ‘Our Journey’.

Our schools’ programmes started with Carnival costume workshops in April 2019 in the Orangerie, Arnos Manor Hotel. This was an opportunity for schools and volunteers to learn about the skills of costume making.

We’re fortunate to have Helen Davenport and World Jungle delivering the key elements of our schools’ programme once again this year.

Helen Davenport

A multi-skilled freelance artist established for 35 years in costumery and the arts, with 18 years dedicated to the carnival sector as a designer and producer of large-scale costumes featuring the integration of unique artwork within the design. Helen will be creating the costumes with the schools which will be paraded at the main event.

World Jungle

World Jungle is an award-winning social enterprise all about bringing people together, creating healthier communities and sharing the best of our world. The idea for World Jungle began back in 2000 while directors Jane Manning and Ben Ward were living in Franklyn Street, St. Pauls with their daughter Oria who used to attend St. Barnabas School. World Jungle will be delivering the drumming and dance workshops.

The schools that we are working with this year include:

Knowle Park, St Barnabas, Easton Academy, Bristol Free School, Hillcrest, Whitehall Primary, Hannah Moore, Fairlawn, Dolphin, Horfield, Holymead Primary, Cabot and Summerhill.

The main event is on 6th of July and the procession will start at 12.00pm.


St Paul's flamboyant and high energy procession will surround the vibrant sound systems and fresh food markets with amazing dancers and costumes representing the theme our journey.

From 12.00pm music will flow through the streets with live samba drummers, and music from around the world on motorised floats with djs and performers.

Route map and location details to follow...


There is still time to apply to perform at this year’s Carnival, whether you are a band, singer, DJ, or poet email your details to by 5pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019.


The trading team have started to go through and process applications for this year but there are still spaces to apply for this year’s Carnival, please email for further information.

TENS Licenses

St Paul’s Carnival Community Interest Company wants the whole community to enjoy a safe event and supports residents who want to apply for temporary event notices to sell food and drink from their premises during Carnival.

To help to get your application approved we advise that you provide as much detail as possible about your intended activities and that you apply for the temporary event notice to run to and from the same times as Carnival, which is 12 midday until 22:00hrs.

If you would like assistance with your TENS application, we can support you with your application for a payment of £60.00, this includes the cost of your license, for further information please email or head to St Pauls Learning centre on Thursday 16th May between 11.00am – 2.00pm to speak to a member of the team.

Alternatively if you would like to apply on your own please click on the following link  which will take you to the Bristol City Council website where you will be able to complete the application form and provide payment of £21.00. If you choose this option, please advise the Carnival of your plans so we can ensure that it is noted with the area plans.

Road closures can be viewed on our website.


Make St Pauls Carnival happen and volunteer today. Carnival at its beating heart is everyone being involved and being a part of bringing the street of St Pauls alive with music, colour and dancing. There really is a place for everyone and a great opportunity to use your skills or to learn new ones. Delivering a free, community event on this scale means it needs to be owned by people like you.

Don't just spectate...... participate!

With such a diverse and historically important event there are so many ways to get involved. We obviously need as many volunteers as possible on the 6th July, but also leading up to the event you could be an essential part of the exciting and essential preparations. Join our Carnival teams today by emailing or visit our website


16th May 2019 Information surgeries will begin at St Pauls Learning Centre, in the café area from 11am-2pm starting with TENS License enquiries

15th June 2019 Bristol Food Connections & St Paul’s Carnival Present: Our Journey – An Edible Discovery of Caribbean Heritage

4th July 2019 Festival of Ideas, Africa Writes Bristol & St Pauls Carnival present Mother Country: Real Stories from the Windrush Children