A grant of more than £27,000 has been awarded by Arts Council England to help with the costs of this year’s Bath Carnival community project, with the main event set to take place on Saturday 13th July.
The majority of the grant funding of £27,450 has been allocated to artistic and creative costs, with some also earmarked for road closures, event staff, team training and infrastructure relating to the final event.
Bath Carnival organiser, Stuart Matson, said: “This is a fantastic vote of confidence from Arts Council and further evidence that our team of artists are being recognised for building an important legacy for the city of Bath.
“We still have a little way to go with our fundraising but with 12 weeks left I’m confident that we can raise enough to deliver the full project with all the bells and whistles!
“If we do, then we’re in store for a ground-breaking year, with an incredible spectacle lined-up for the big day.”
With a remaining fundraising target of £10,000, the Carnival organisers are welcoming public donations of all sizes via their Local Giving page, as well as offering sponsorship packages to local businesses.
Locals are also being sought to join the team of volunteers needed for the event, without whom the carnival cannot take place.
No experience is needed to be a festival steward or procession marshal, with event professionals on hand to oversee the event and support volunteers throughout.
Anyone interested in signing up for a short volunteer shift can do so via the website: https://www.bathcarnival.co.uk/volunteer-1.