The Kemptown Carnival is set to return on 1st June, and is one of Brighton’s longest running and largest free festivals.
The Kemptown Carnival will take place across Kemptown Village, and is to be filled with a mass of different entertainment and actives, including live music, samba parades, street theatre, dance troupes, morris dancing, choirs, children’s activities, fairground rides, arts and craft stalls, and a the Grand Custard Pie Fight. Delicious food and drink will be served throughout the carnival, served by local traders.
The carnival did not take place in 2018 due to a lack of governing body, however having now secured a great turnout for its first public meeting last October, and having secured the support of the Palace Pier, the event is “looking in great shape.” Carnival event director, Mat Cook, says “It’s a privilege to work on an event which showcases and supports so many of Brighton’s talented musicians, artists, educators and community groups, and I very much look forward to helping create a wonderful carnival for 2019 and beyond.”
Having started running events in February to celebrate the popular community street party, Kemptown Carnival will also be hosting a Botanical Ball on 22nd March. This will include performances by Brighton School of Samba, DJ Egg Legs, Resonators, Pollito Boogaloo and Roots Garden, and will be taking place at Concorde 2.
Trader and vendor booking are currently open, and there are a range of voluntary positions available for those looking to get involved.