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Brighton Journal | September 22, 2019

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It’s Kemptown Carnival Time!

It’s Kemptown Carnival Time!
Hannah Midgley

Brighton’s most loved community arts street festival, Kemptown Carnival is returning next Saturday (June 1st). It is Brighton’s longest running and largest free festival, and holds fun for all ages to get involved with.

The festival will take place across Kemptown Village, and is filled with activities for every age, ranging from samba parades to morris dancing. St George’s Road will be brimming with live music, street theatre, choirs, children’s activities. Delicious local food and drink from local businesses will be available throughout the day, and if that doesn’t sound like enough, there is also fairground rides, arts and crafts stalls and…. the Grand Custard Pie Fight.

Mimi Mireille Picard

The Carnival was originally created in the mid-90’s, as a community collaboration between St George’s Church and Sussex House. It was set up to pay tribute to the Great Kemptown Pram Race, which was a fancy dress pub crawl in Kemptown that ran from the 1970’s until late 1980’s. Since this creation, it has gone from a small village fete to one of the city’s most cherised community street arts festivals.

With support from local residents and volunteers, local traders and churches, community groups, Brighton and Hove City Council, and CooktheRabbit Events the Kemp Town Carnival has become a wonderful, multi generational celebration of summer and creativity in Brighton.

If you want to take part in helping to make this year’s Kemptown Carnival run smoothly, want to gain work experience opportunities, or have some artistic input to offer, there are many volunteering opportunities available.

For Kemptown Carnival to put on the largest-free-to-access community arts festival in Brighton year on year, they need support from residents. If you wish to do so you can pledge here. There a multiple rewards, including Parade Participation Pack’s, carnival postcards, t-shirts poster art and a digital album.

Mathew James Cook

The Carnival has worked with a host of community groups and education services including the Open Spaces Dance Troupe, Access to Music, The Academy of Creative Training, Street Funk, Northbrooke College, T21 Dance, The Nautical Training Corps, the Max Miller Appreciation Society, the Rainbow Chorus, Middle Street Choir, Amazonias Capoeira, We Bop women’s choir, The Brighton School of Samba and Sussex University Fencing club…to name but a few.

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