30,000 people including Brighton’s oldest raver, Disco Pete, will be left disappointed this summer by the cancellation of Kemp Town Carnival.
The event organisers are unable to go ahead with the parade this year due to financial pressures and say £65,000 needs to be raised in order to guarantee a 2018 comeback.
The decision to cancel the event for this year was reached at a meeting last Saturday (4 February). Director Matt Cook said it was the right thing to do in the circumstances. Speaking to Juice Brighton, he said: “People really do love and appreciate the Kemp Town Carnival. It’s been going, in one form or another. It’s been going since the late 70s and it’s definitely something people of Brighton want to see continue.”
In place of this year’s carnival, the organisers are putting together a series of other summertime events. This will include a small children’s festival at St George’s Church in the heart of the Kemp Town Village.
Great meeting tonight. Thanks to all that came along…really positive support. There is a plan…!
— Kemptown Carnival (@KemptownCarni) February 4, 2017
The carnival also took a one-year hiatus in 2015 and faced challenges due to a dispute between local traders in 2007, so here’s hoping for the best for this resilient event.