Nottingham Caribbean Carnival

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  • Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is usually two days of activities and entertainment for all the community, drawing crowds of up to 80,000. The event comprises live performances from the main stage, music tents, workshops, stalls, funfair, créche facilities and truly something for everyone!

    The Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is one of Nottingham’s most spectacular and colourful events with two days of FREE family entertainment for all to enjoy. The carnival parade is on Sunday, commencing 2pm and arriving at the Forest Recreation Ground by 4pm. The Carnival site is open 12noon to 10pm on both days.



    Since 1999 Nottingham Caribbean Carnival has been organised by Nottingham Carnival Trust based at Tuntum Housing Association (office base Beech Avenue, NG7 7LW). The Carnival is almost exclusively dependent on volunteer support, chaired by Tuntum Chief Executive Officer, Richard Renwick MBE. Administrative support is provided through Tuntum Housing Association.

    The Caribbean Carnival in Nottingham began in 1970. A group of West Indians, mainly from the island of St Kitts, held a carnival parade in the Meadows and this became a major annual event for Nottingham’s black community. However, the struggle to secure funding for the Carnival meant that a number of years were missed in the 1980s and 1990s.

    The cancellation of the Carnival in 1998 acted as a catalyst for the event we see today. Concerns over health, safety and security were the reasons it was called off, but the disappointed reaction from the community resulted in Nottingham City Council asking for outside help. Tuntum Housing Association, a community based, black-led housing association, was approached and agreed to set up an infrastructure to help re-form the carnival. The Nottingham Carnival Trust (an unincorporated voluntary association) was formed and the event re-established in 1999.

    The revised carnival now made a parade of mass bands a key event of the weekend celebrations with the main parade day on Sunday. It was also staged in the heart of the community with the event focused around the Forest Recreation Ground. Today the Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is a truly multicultural festival.

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