Kemptown Carnival 2019 prepares for spectacular return!

Besi Besemar April 12, 2019

The Kemptown Carnival 2019 is set to make a spectacular return on Saturday June 1 with the backing and partnership of Brighton Palace Pier and funding from Arts Council England.

ORGANISERS of the much-loved community arts carnival are thrilled to have had their 2019 event license approved by Brighton and Hove City Council Licensing, Sussex Police and the council Events team.

The Carnival event Health and Safety officer Ian Baird says;  “I’d like to say how happy we are to have found a good working model with Sussex Police and BHCC in order to deliver an excellent cultural event with the residents of Kemptown.”

The new Kemptown Carnival Community Interest Company, run by local residents Clare and Adrian Grant in Kemptown Village has been working closely with other local residents, community stakeholders and local businesses to bring the event back to Kemptown Village after a three-year break.

Anne Akord
Anne Akord

Anne Akord, the CO of Brighton Palace Pier says; “We are looking forward to the Kemp Town carnival and are very impressed by the professionalism of the organising team under Clare and Adrian’s leadership and ably supported by Mat . We know that with this team the carnival will be a hugely successful event by the community and to be enjoyed by all of  the community.”

Mat Cook who has been the Carnival creative director since 2010 added; “The Kemptown Carnival continues to be run by the community for the community and ultimately the event only takes place with the express wishes and consent of the residents, community stakeholders, local businesses and people of Kemptown Village.  

The carnival team is working very hard to see the event return on a yearly basis and for it to remain Brighton’s largest free community carnival celebrating our talented and diverse city.

Myself and all involved would like to thank Kemptown Village residents, churches, community groups and arts organisations for their continued support for the event.”

This years carnival will have plenty to offer, including a diverse live music program across nine stages, a host of community performances, a vibrant street market, street theatre, children’s entertainment, fairground rides and a community parade to launch the day.

Along with many of Brighton’s samba community bands and other processional performance groups, the general public are this year invited to join the community parade which takes place on the morning of the Carnival.

Parade participation packs will be available through the Kemptown Carnival crowdfunding campaign which launches next week that will help raise the much-needed funds for the event.

Other rewards via the crowd funder include postcards, t-shirts, poster art from local artist Judi Thomas, and a downloadable album featuring some of the best of Brighton’s musical talent.

To find out more about how to get involved with the Kemptown Carnival, either performing, volunteering, of trading, click here: