Official statement following BCC and ACE announcement

St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival will go on…

We are very disappointed that key funders Bristol City Council and Arts Council England have chosen not to continue their support of this African Caribbean event, despite our tireless efforts to meet funding conditions against a backdrop of barriers and hurdles.

We believe that this is the wrong decision.

We attended a meeting at 11am on the 3rd of November and were shocked that an official press release was prepared and out by the time we returned to the Carnival office less than 30 minutes later.

Despite the powers that be not allowing us to hold the the main carnival event this year through sheer determination we delivered a Grass Roots showcase event which was a success in terms of putting the community, artists and the culture at the heart and it was well supported by the community. This was not good enough for the funders.

We will do everything in our power to ensure that culture and heritage is the key focus of the work we deliver while maintaining a cohesive and inclusive approach to our diverse community of Bristol.

We will be continuing to work in unity with like minded people and organisations and hope that members of the community are not mislead by the scapegoating of another Black led organisation.

Coincidently this news has come just days before the annual commemoration of Edward Colston which will take place at Bristol Cathedral this Friday 6th November at 10am. 

We will be holding a community meeting where we will invite the funders on the 13th of November 6-8pm at the Malcolm X Centre.

Solidarity is what is needed here not divide and rule, we welcome all the community to attend this solution focused meeting to support a sustainable way forward with the community at the helm.

Yours Sincerely

On behalf of the Trustees of SPACC



PRO--SESSION (5)There will be a vibrant Carnival style procession on Sunday 25 October at 3pm. The procession will take place around Bristol’s Portway and Cumberland Basin and will feature music and dancing of black origin. The Portway will be closed for the Portway’s Sunday Park series of events. The procession is part of a fundraising campaign for the Carnival and also marks 50 years of the Race Relations Act and the UN Decade of People of African Descent.

The procession will feature carnival costumes in tribute to Barbara Dettering, Owen Henry and Roy Hackett – three of the founding members of the 1968 St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival, who were also instrumental in the Bristol Bus Boycott. The float will play a variety of music of black origin (MOBO) and showcase local talent and Carnival Academy stars Phresh Boiiz plus special guests.

DJ Mvrchesi will supply an eclectic blend of music including House, Garage, Hip Hop and Grime.

The float will lead out by sound system Roots Inspiration starting at Cumberland Basin Piazza at 3pm travelling North up the Portway before making a U turn at Bridge valley road. Float decoration will take place at 1.30pm as well as a run through of the moves.

Cleo Lake, Carnival Director at St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival Ltd said:

“ This event will launch a series of crowd funding events and initiatives.  I hope the support is there in terms of both audience and donations.  I am looking forward to marking these key dates and celebrating Carnival style.”

Fund Surfer Campaign Here : 




Post Carnival General Manager
FTE Equivalent 37 Hours Per Week
Base St Paul Carnival Office – The Coach House. St Paul’s, Bristol.
Salary £29,728
Report to St Pauls Afrikan & Caribbean Board of Trustees
Responsible For Carnival Officer / Finance & Administration Assistant
Holiday Entitlement 20 Days Pro rata
Contract 1 Year Fixed Term (will extend contract if obligations are met).

Application closing date: 30 November 2015




To work with the Board of Trustee on key areas of the organisation work including:


  • Strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Policy
  • Programming
  • Budgeting
  • Organisational management


The Post holder will lead in all aspects of the Management and Strategic development of St Paul’s Afrikan & Caribbean Carnival in Bristol. He/She will manage a small team of staff, and take responsibility for the implementation of the above and all aspects of day-to-day organisational activity including HR, IT, and Finance.













Carnival General Manager – Person Specification
ESSENTIAL (must have) Desirable (should have) Advantageous (could have)

Knowledge & Experience


At least two year’s successful experience of developing and managing events/ arts projects


Demonstrable knowledge of the arts/events sector.


Proven track record in fundraising


Experience of working with or in the voluntary sector


Commitment and thorough understanding of equal opportunities


Excellent interpersonal skills, negotiation and presentation skills


Experience of managing budgets and financial reporting



Experience of developing ,negotiating and managing contracts with funders and sub-contractors


Experience of managing collaborative partnerships


A minimum of 1 year experience of supervising and appraising staff and / or volunteers


Abilities & Aptitudes


Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a broad range of people and communities, ranging from stakeholders to residents and community organisations operating locally.


Ability to work effectively

with the community, schools and voluntary groups.


Strong organisational skills, including ability to set targets and evaluate progress, meeting targets and deadlines


Proven ability to work on his/her own and be self motivated


Ability to manage, lead and motivate staff


Ability to lead and promote internal change to match external focus




Knowledge & Experience


Working knowledge of  health & safety issues


[that is in essential]


Experience of working for a voluntary board and with volunteers


Experience of managing a multi-disciplinary team



Abilities & Aptitudes


Ability to progress complex issues and achieve outcomes


Ability to develop strategy development and performance



Knowledge & Experience


Community development experience


Experience in event management and contracting


Interest / experience of Carnival as an art-form



The post holder will occasionally be required to work in the evening and weekends (i.e. Maximum of two Weekends leading up to Carnival). Flexibility of working hours leading up to Carnival will be an essential requirement.


or for further info call: 0117 9444 176 (Mon – Tue)/07763 111 330 (Mon – Fri).