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Cardiff Carnival returns this weekend

Cardiff CarnivalCardiff Carnival takes place this Saturday 4th August 2012, and promises to be a vibrant cacophony of music and a flamboyant procession of costume, art and dance. The event includes a day-long Street Stage 10am-4pm in The Hayes, and that’s a whole day of free family fun. The displays will include street dance, Samba drumming, funky street bands, a feast of costume for the eyes and choreographed dance displays.

The grand finale parade will leave City Hall at 4pm, stopping for an elaborate Street Jam in the High Street, 5-5.15pm.

Steve Fletcher is the Carnival Director and told Wales Online that it was touch-and-go as to whether the event would happen. “In all honesty, in October we thought that was the end of the road,” says Steve, who works for carnival organisers SWICA (South Wales Intercultural Community Arts).

“There was not a penny available to make it happen. We heard from the local authority that all the funding had been withdrawn. Fortunately, we were able to find a commercial sponsor in Bluestone National Park. Then the council came back with 40% of what they used to provide us with and finally the Arts Council of Wales rode in with a project grant.

“So far from seeing our future under threat, we’ve now got a day-long event in three parts. And we couldn’t be more excited as it’s all got a lot bigger and brighter,” he adds. 

With free carnival arts and crafts workshops you could even make a costume for yourself! With an impressive three weeks of free Carnival Arts Workshops on offer, the emphasis is on Family, Free, and Fun. What’s not to like about that?

Anyone wanting to join in the parade can contact South Wales Intercultural Community Arts, or view a detailed schedule on WalesOnline.

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