New advisory group to plan future of Caribbean Carnival

A new advisory group is being set up to develop a long-term vision for Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival, Manchester City Council has announced.

The community-led advisory group will provide oversight for this year’s Carnival on an interim basis, while building a long-term business plan to ensure the future success of the event.

The group’s membership will be drawn from the community, plus representatives of Manchester City Council, bringing together individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise in event planning on an unpaid, voluntary basis.

Although the council does not grant a right to host the Carnival, it does provide funding and resources to support the safe delivery of the event by the community on an annual basis.

The new advisory group is being established after the conclusion of a process which saw three separate applications from different community organisations for council funding to support the hosting of 2019’s Carnival.

The council rigorously assessed this year’s applicants, to determine their capacity to fulfil the lead organising role in delivering a safe, inclusive, family-friendly Caribbean Carnival, for the benefit of the whole community.  Based on the criteria set, the council was unable to grant funding to any of the three bidders.

The advisory group will work with local people to plan this year’s event and will also be developing a long-term strategy, structure and financial model for the Carnival, in close consultation with the community.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “The carnival has grown into a hugely successful celebration for people from the city and far beyond.  For it to continue to thrive as an inclusive, safe event for people of all ages to enjoy, we need to ensure that the local community are fully supported to build the significant expertise which is required to plan and stage such a large-scale and complex event.

“The interim advisory group will be consulting with local people, to make sure that they have every opportunity to be involved in this year’s event and, crucially, to have their say on the long-term future of the carnival.”

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