Become a Partner

Carnival Day is as much a celebration of our successful partnerships as it is of our community. Cowley Road Works partners with a wide variety of organisations in a number of highly productive collaborations.


The support and grant from Oxford City Council has been instrumental in funding for Carnival. In addition Cowley Road Works has previously received grants and donations from the following:

  • East Area City Councillors
  • Oxfordshire County Councillors' Big Society Fund
  • Patsy Wood Trust
  • Oxford University Community Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • High Sheriff's Community Integration Fund
  • DRARA (Divinity Road Area Residents' Association)
  • Hamilton Trust
  • St John's College
  • Magdalen College


Creative partnerships  


Pegasus' dance tutors contribute to pre Carnival workshops in schools to prepare the groups to move with style and confidence in the Carnival procession. Pegasus also hosts many of our meetings and acts as our headquarters and office address on the Magdalen Road.

Fusion Arts

Artists coordinated by Fusion Arts lead creative making in schools' workshops in preparation for the Carnival procession.

Oxford University Museums

Host visit for schools to inspire them in their preparations for the Carnival procession. They also provide art and craft activities for all the family with an opportunity to handle objects from the museums' collections at the Carnival event.

Alice's Day

Alice's Day, produced by The Story Museum, is held on the Saturday prior to Carnival Day, and Cowley Road Works has established a productive relationship which in 2014 and 2015 included working on a joint printed programme, banners and other publicity opportunities for the weekend.


Young Women's Music Project

Young Women's Music Project hosted the programming for the Kate Garrett Stage featuring young performers at Carnival.


We have previously forged partnerships with promoters, including:

  • Lee Davies from Live Lounge at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Katalystic Events at the Car Park.
  • City of Oxford College with Oxford Institute of Music at the East Oxford Community Centre
  • Bear on a Bicycle Records at the City Arms
  • Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Association at Asian Cultural Centre.


Dancin' Oxford

Dancin' Oxford programmed the Manzil Gardens Stage for most of the afternoon for Carnival 2014, delivering an expanded programme.


  • Arts at the Old Fire Station nominated film maker and visual artist, Nicola Armitage, to participate in the CUSP (Creative Underground Signposting Project) for Carnival 2014, and hosted an exhibition by all 4 participating artists.
  • TocTok artists raised £8,000 funding from the Big Lottery to work with 12 pupils from the Seven Stars Unit at Cherwell School in preparation for the Carnival procession in 2014.
  • Meadowbrook Visionz Arts facilitates workshops, exhibitions, and expertise to explore self -xpression through creativity. Carnival 2014 featured an outreach exhibition to showcase Meadowbrook's students' talents.

Community Partnerships

Asian Cultural Centre

The Asian Cultural Association supports the Carnival organisers year round with meeting space and provides a satellite space during the Carnival event for family and other activity and performance.  

St Mary & St John Church

Regularly hosts family activities in the church yard during Carnival, and the end of the Carnival procession.  The church also hosted prayer and reflection space inside the church, providing an opportunity for people to find escape from the busy Carnival to creatively pray or reflect using a number of activities planned by local churches, including Emmanuel Church Oxford, Oxford Vineyard Church, and Greyfriars Roman Catholic Church

Emmanuel Church

Church members have helped with fundraising activities, including their Gospel Choir singing carols for Christmas shoppers at Sainsbury's at the John Allen Centre with a collection for Carnival.  They were also a core group of our wonderful event volunteers at Carnival 2014 and 2015.

Join Us

Please contact us at mail to:mailto:director@cowleyroadworks.orgto discuss partnership opportunities.

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