Derby

Caribbean Carnival

This year Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA) celebrated its 42nd year of hosting Derby Caribbean Carnival with the return of a park event which took place on Sunday 16th July.

Date and Time Sunday 16th July
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Location Osmaston Park, Ashbourne
Derbyshire, DE6 1LW
Contact 01332 371529
info@dwica.co.uk
Our History

It started as a small festival at Moorways Sports Centre in 1975 where members of the community came together to organise activities for fundraising. From 1986, with the employment of a worker for Caribbean Focus, the carnival became a much bigger venture, attracting regional and national interest. Originally the carnival was held over one day on a Saturday, but in 1998 a new two day approach was adopted with the carnival procession taking place on Saturday and events, such as stage show with internationally acclaimed artists, fun fair, beer tent, sound systems, arts and craft stalls, food stalls (selling Caribbean as well as European foods) being held at Osmaston Park on Sunday. This was successful and since then the carnival was held over a two day period.

Contact Us

For further information about Derby Caribbean Carnival and to find out how you can get involved, contact the Derby West Indian Community Association by:

01332 371529
info@dwica.co.uk

Over the years much of the funding for carnival has been provided by DWICA itself, but with important additional support from Arts Council England and Derby City Council. Carnival has also been supported by Derbyshire Building Society, Rolls Royce, Western Union and Midland Mainline to name just a few sponsoring organizations over the years.

In 2016 due to cuts in local authority funding the carnival returned to a one-day event with a parade travelling from Pear Tree Road to the city centre Market Place where entertainment was held. During the carnival period DWICA can attract as many as150 volunteers to help with carnival organisation, carnival workshops, carnival Queen Show, marshalling and publicity. Without this huge volunteer effort carnival would not be possible.

Contact Us

For further information about Derby Caribbean Carnival and to find out how you can get involved, contact the Derby West Indian Community Association by:

01332 371529
info@dwica.co.uk