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St Pauls Carnival launches campaign to recruit new leadership

Press Release

7th November 2016

St Pauls Carnival launches campaign to recruit new leadership


St Pauls Carnival has launched the campaign to recruit a new voluntary Board of Directors to run its new management organisation St Pauls Carnival (Bristol) CIC.

The carnival will return on 1st July 2017 as a celebration of Bristol’s culture and Afrikan Caribbean community. Initially the new board will be formed of at least five members including a Chair, a Treasurer and a team of Company Directors.


Applications are now open for interested parties to apply, with a closing date of 25th November. The process is looking to appoint a group of experienced leaders from relevant backgrounds and organisations who will lead on recruiting and empowering a new team to deliver a carnival in 2017, develop a 50th anniversary strategy and secure the Carnival’s long-term future. Interested parties can visit this link to see more information on the roles and apply to get involved


Appointments will be made in early December by a steering group including members of the Carnival Commission, established to find a way to bring back the carnival, the event’s funding partners Bristol City Council and Arts Council England and St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival, the body who formerly ran the event. The entire recruitment process will be overseen by independent charity organisational experts Voscur.

The new carnival organisation will be a Community Interest Company (CIC) who will have responsibility to deliver the organisation’s objectives and appoint a management team for the carnival.


Jonathan Jackson, Chair of the Carnival Reference Group explains;

“We have begun the process to appoint a non-paid board of Directors who we hope to have selected by early December. We have had tremendous input from over 100 people into this process and we’d like to thank every one of them for their time in helping to find a way to move carnival forward. We want to spread the word to help us to recruit the very best, most experienced board from the community of Bristol and beyond.”


Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said;

“St Paul’s Carnival is and always will be a huge part of this city’s cultural identity. It’s important that we bring this showcase of Afrikan Caribbean culture back to the city streets so we will can again embrace the important role the community plays in our city life. I fully support the move to put in place a viable and sustainable plan and organisation to secure the future of Carnival as we approach its half century in 2018.”


Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said;


“We fundamentally believe in St Pauls Carnival and want to safeguard its future for the whole community.  That’s why we’ve made it clear that our financial commitment to the carnival is still in place and why we want to see people with the right skills and experience coming forward to deliver a carnival every year. This is a very positive step and I hope the whole community will continue to get behind this process.”


To apply and for more information please visit The application deadline is 9am Friday the 25th of November 2016. Interviews will be held on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December 2016.


Editor’s Contacts:

Kellie Hasbury, T: 0117 9530320, E:

Dani Andres, T: 0117 9530320, E:


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