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The Aroma Carnival Cup – International Charity Football Tournament

Cowley Road Carnival is an established, large scale, annual community outdoor event that celebrates the unique nature of the Cowley Road and the rich cultural mix of the East Oxford area of Oxford City. To register your team please fill out the registration form by the 11th of April, and either hand deliver with the fee to Bar Aroma or email fundraising@cowleyroadworks.org. Payment can then be made by BACS (bank details will be sent on request). Begun in 2001, the Carnival aims to ac…

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March 20, 2014  |   Share:

Call for Performers!

Calling all musicians, performers, dancers and artists! Apply now for your best opportunity of being involved in this year's Cowley Road Carnival. For a registration form, please send us an email - producer@cowleyroadworks.org The Carnival site on Sunday 6th of July will cover the Cowley Road from The Plain to Magdalen Road and venues nearby, so there will be plenty of opportunity for performers of all kinds.

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March 30, 2014  |   Share:

Majliss Dinner & Charity Auction

The Carnival fundraising dinner at Majliss on Tuesday 18 March is now open for bookings. We are delighted that Frank Nigriello, Director of Corporate Affairs for the Unipart Group, will be our host for this special evening. We are very grateful to Loylu Miah for offering what promises to be an excellent 3 course meal at his elegant restaurant. Mzike Choir will sing for us to conjure the Carnival spirit. We have some enticing items and experiences for auction, as well as a raffle to wide…

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February 24, 2014  |   Share:

Shake a Cocktail for Cowley Road Carnival 2014

Thursday 16th january 6.30-8.30pm, Tickets £18 Join us for a cocktail making masterclass at one of East Oxford's finest cocktail bars and then dance the night away with a fantastic Salsa teach, George Martini! Invite your friends to join you afterwards for Salsa and nibbles from 8.30pm until late (with a collection for Carnival). If you book by Saturday 21st December, vouchers will be available to collect before Christmas. This is an event not to be missed and there are limited space…

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December 12, 2013  |   Share:

Carnival 2014 in Oxford Mail

Festival Director Danielle Battigelli was interviewed for an article on organising next year's Carnival which was featured in the Oxford Mail this week. The article focussed on securing the funding needed for Carnival 2014. The next Carnival is taking place on 6th July 2014, but we need your help in raising the vital funds to ensure Carnival's success and longevity. Danielle Battigelli said: “We are now moving into the phase where we will be approaching businesses for support, and we defin…

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October 26, 2013  |   Share:

Carnival 2013 Evaluation Celebrates Carnival's Success

The Carnival Team has been busy preparing a report to reflect the success of of Cowley Road Carnival 2013. The Carnival attracted upward of 35,000 people who came to eat, drink, dance, sing and soak up the sun and atmosphere of a road buzzing with joy and celebration. The report is complete and can be downloaded in full below. The Carnival Team would once again like to take this opporunity to thank everyone who came to Carnival, all our performers and, of course, our sponsors without whom …

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October 16, 2013  |   Share:

University Pledges Support for Carnival

Oxford University and Oxford University Museums have pledged their support for Cowley Road Carnival. Carnival will return to Cowley Road on Sunday July 7 from 12:00 until 19:00. It will be the city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party, celebrating the diverse communities of East Oxford. The University Museums, with the Museum of Oxford, are involved in the pre-Carnival workshops in schools and with a youth group, hosting visits to inspire creative making in preparation for the Carnival …

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June 30, 2013  |   Share:

Wheels of Change: Cowley Road Carnival is back on the street!

Cowley Road Works is excited to announce Cowley Road Carnival’s return to the street. On Sunday July 7 from 12:00 until 19:00, Carnival will be the city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party, celebrating of the diverse communities of East Oxford. This year Cowley Road Carnival joins together with Alice's Day creating a whole weekend of culture and festival fun in Oxford on July 6 and 7. Oxford City Council, MINI Plant Oxford, Oxford University Museums and The Midcounties Cooperative are…

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June 28, 2013  |   Share:

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Cowley Road Carnival 2011. Courtesy Nick Atkins

Please can all teams, representing different countries and places, sign up for the Aroma Carnival Cup Football tournament by the 11th of April.  

Contact Zaylie on fundraising@cowleyroadworks.org for a registration form. 


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Carnival 2013

"This years' Cowley Road Carnival was a wonderful celebration of all that is best on the Cowley Road and East Oxford. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed a brilliant day of pure happiness with music, dance, food and entertainment. The Carnival's dream of showing the benefits of our multiculural community blossomed in a rich and vivid showcase of colour and character. The Carnival was a statement, expressed in joy and creativity, that we are proud of our local people and the vivid energuythey bring to enrich the lives of us all. It was a day to remember. A day when all that was good came onto the streets of Cowley Road."

County Councillor David Williams

Councillor for East Oxford


Carnival Stats

35,000 people attended Carnival for free

600+ people took part in the Carnival procession

242 children/young people + 53 adults took part in the pre Carnival workshops

220 children plus their parents/carers took part in activities on the day

100+ acts performed in 12 venues and 5 sound systems were on the street

89 volunteers worked over 700 hours before & at the event

70 stall holders came (33 charities/community groups & 23 commercial)

20 people took part in free outreach carnival costume making training

8 freelance posts were created

2 Oxford Brookes University students gained work experience with mentoring

PRS for Music

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want. These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this. For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.comor call 0800 068 4828