Project information

Cowley Road Carnival

Cowley Road Works is planning the 2019 Carnival on 7 July with the theme Space is the Place. Carnival is about inclusion, engagement & communities coming together- we work throughout the year with partner orgs to engage with those most marginalised in our community and get everyone involved.

December 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Cowley Road Works

Cowley Road Works logo
  • Need


    Cowley Road Carnival is a charity set up to engage with the diverse community, bringing it together in a common goal; the area's largest and most exciting multi-cultural community event, attended by 50,000 people. However, organising an event on this scale costs in excess of £130,000.

    We want to maintain the momentum and spirit of Carnival and ensure that it continues to flourish as a vehicle for social inclusion, economic, cultural and social growth in this diverse and challenging location


    Everyone who loves the Cowley Road Carnival is urged to contribute and help secure the future of this unique event.

    We need attendees to become stakeholders in the event - it has grown exponentially and the logistics and management require more funds - We also plan engagement activities all year round, so help with carnival costs would free us up to focus on other worthy associated projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide year-round arts and cultural engagement events, social impact projects and Carnival.


    » Offer the widest possible range of free activities, performance, workshops, stalls, food and art.
    » Offer a programme that reflects the artistic interests, talents and enthusiasms of the community.
    » Engage & work with local schools, cultural organisations, community groups and businesses in the months leading up to and at Carnival
    » Be accessible to the widest possible audience, offer opportunities for engagement, inclusion, personal growth, development and community cohesion.

    What success will look like

    Attracting over 50,000 visitors from diverse backgrounds, receiving positive audience feedback; working with partner orgs to deliver impactful social engagement projects.

  • Impact


    Cowley Road Carnival will continue to bring together local communities and to provide a vehicle for workshops and activities dealing with social inclusion, upskilling, community cohesion and cultural diversity. It will encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to contribute and participate. Success will be increased participation, a sustainable future and a demonstrable social impact to areas of Oxford in need of engagement and support.


    Failing to find adequate funding to support Carnival could mean having to scale back, or even cancel, the event. We are addressing this by actively seeking to widen our base of cash and in-kind support and develop long-term partnerships which will enable us to plan more efficiently. Looking at commercial sponsorship and more controlled stakeholder contribution in the future.


    Supporters of Carnival will be able to read about our progress on our new website and keep up with developments through Facebook and Twitter. We will also organise email reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £180,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Core Staffing & other core costs
      £25,000 Artistic Artistic & event staffing & materials including outreach workshops
      £80,000 Production Including road closure, signage & security
      £15,000 Communications Including press, marketing, design, website, print
  • Background


    East Oxford is a multi-cultural neighbourhood, home to a wide range of communities and people of varying socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.


    The communities of East Oxford and the wider city and region. Carnival will be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and is a significant focus for workshops and activities for local schools.
    Cowley Road carnival is Oxfordshire's carnival.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cowley Road Works has its origins in East Oxford Action, a social enterprise company which ran a regeneration programme. When this company wound up in 2008, Carnival was transferred to the new charity. Many of the individuals and organisations involved have worked on Carnival for many years and have an in-depth knowledge of the local area and of creating this multi-cultural celebration.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Trustees And Executive Director Of Cowley Road Works

    The trustees represent a range of skills, ages and ethnic backgrounds, manage the charity and have responsibility for Carnival.

    All Of Our Partner Organisations And Amazing Staff

    Cultural and community organisations and schools are key to the success of Carnival through their participation in the run up and on the day.

What a fantastic day, the atmosphere is joyful.

Dave, Brighton, at Age UK Oxfordshire World Tea Tent