Expand the St Pauls Carnival weekend into a city wide 7 day celebration

St Pauls Carnival is already a major cultural event in the event calendar of the SW.  After 4 decades, it is still the largest carnival event in the region and continues to grow in size and reputation each year.

Extending the footprint, content and duration would allow other festivals to take advantage of the fact that nearly 100,000 people come to Bristol each year on that weekend. By extending the duration and content make up, it would be possible to create a multifacetted festival programme in the style of the Edinburgh Festival.

Edinburgh Festival is actually 6 separate festivals all beneffiting from the collective marketing power of promoting an entire month of events in one city. It is a proven format that has grown every year.

Bristol has a wealth of creative experience, local promoters and home grown talent. Creating a platform that allows others to benefit from the undeniable success of St Pauls could lead to the birth of another cultural phenomenon to rival Edinburgh's spectacular achievements.

Why the contribution is important

“As last year’s economic impact study showed, the Edinburgh festivals make a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy, generating £250m in additional tourism revenue and more than four million attendances at events."

Source Scottish Government website

link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/05/Edinburgh-Fringe31052012

Enough said....

by AlexLepingwell on December 11, 2013 at 01:01PM

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  • Posted by robertjessetelford January 02, 2014 at 23:31

    This is good, but it needs to work with what we have:

    Brisfest
    Big Green Week/Festival of Nature
    Harbour Festival
    Festival Of Ideas
    St Pauls Carnival

    and many more besides!

    Could all of these fit in one two-week city of festivals? Or some of them?

    I don't think residents of St Pauls would ALL want a week-long festival on their doorstep.
  • Posted by dzfoakes January 05, 2014 at 19:11

    I am a resident of St Pauls and I would love to see this happen, with appropriate regulation (but not so much regulation as to take the fun and freedom out of Carnival).
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