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This is the Cowley Road - This is Carnival from Cowley Road Carnival on Vimeo.

' This film, created by Nicola Armitage to celebrate and promote Cowley Road Carnival, was made as part of the CUSP artists project funded by Arts Council of England in 2014. Nicola, has sought to capture the true spirit of Carnival and the colourful street that gives it it's name, the wonderful people and traders who live and work in it'

Head on over to www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk to see what we've got lined up for Carnival in 2014


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MCS Arts Festival 2014

Welcome to the MCS Arts Festival 2014, a ten-day celebration of art and culture, opening on Friday 27th June! Established in 2009, the MCS Arts Festival offers a jam-packed programme of art, drama, dance, film, speaker events, music, entertainment and more in venues throughout the city. Over the last five years, the Festival has attracted widespread acclaim for the breadth and quality of its programme, and in this, its sixth year, the Festival continues to gain momentum. The 2014 Festival pro…

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May 25, 2014  |   Share:

Apply now to trade at Carnival!

Are you a local business, artist, charity or community group? Carnival is the perfect opportunity for you to sell to and raise awareness with 35,000 local people. Apply now to trade at Carnival 2014! http://www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk/index.php/support-us/stalls-traders/

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May 9, 2014  |   Share:

Oxford icon to sponsor Cowley Road Carnival 2014

MINI Plant Oxford to sponsor 2014 Carnival of 'Oxford Faces' Cowley Road Carnival is delighted to announce that MINI Plant Oxford will once again be headline business sponsor for the Carnival which will take the theme Oxford Faces to inspire procession groups, street performances, dance, and other artworks reflecting the many faces of Oxford. Brian Trotman, Chair of Cowley Road Works, the charity producing the Carnival, said: "We are delighted that MINI Plant Oxford continues to support …

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May 7, 2014  |   Share:

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:

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Carnival was possible thanks also to donations from:

Magdalen College
Shushi Corner
Cape of Good Hope
The City Arms
RMA Properties
The Leys Pharmacy
Cowley Road Post Office
The Corridor
Rice Box
Eastern & Continental Store
Cafe East
Bodrum Kebab
Atif Superstore
Chef Flausino
College & County
Rick's Cafe
Kadai & Naan
Cowley Retreat
Greek Taverna

And others who contributed to our many fundraising events during the year with raffle prizes, auction lots and other support.

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Carnival - Last Year

"Last 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.com

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