Project information

Creating Carnival Kartong 2018

GG is fundraising to support Kartong Festival, The Gambia. The Festival brings huge benefits to the village and community through increased visitor numbers, sharing of musical / social cultures, training for locals, at the same time as encouraging efforts to maintain Eco-friendly tourism/projects

January 2018 - February 2018

Charity information: Global Grooves

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  • Need


    Due to the political situation in Gambia at the beginning of 2017 the Kartong Festival last February was a very low-key affair. This came on top of the previous dreadful year, when the whole of West Africa was very badly affected by the tragic Ebola outbreak in several countries resulting in a massive drop in tourists visiting the area.

    The Gambia is now thankfully back to its normal peaceful state and we anticipate a return of visiting tourists and local people to buy tickets to attend.


    Global Grooves will be working with Kartong Festival Committee and the local schools and communities to help them develop their festival into a sustainable event that supports the entire community. But we need help to do so. The main challenge will be to raise the funds for the festival expenses this year. These expenses include preparing the venue, the sound system, artist fees, food and accommodation for artists traveling from other areas, electric power, advertising, ticket printing etc.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help to build Kartong Festival into a sustainable growing event that supports the whole village.


    » We will work with the festival committee and offer training, CPD, professional support and development so they can move closer to a sustainable model

    What success will look like

    We will track the progress of the Festival committee over the coming years and offer support when appropriate to help them achieve this goal. This will be alongside African Linx.

    Aim 2

    To work with local community groups and schools to develop a unique community carnival performance.


    » We will deliver workshops with the local community to share transferable skills in the development of a night time Carnival and opening ceremony.

    What success will look like

    We will put together a festival opening ceremony that will include a parade where participants in our workshops will be able to proudly display their new work and skills.

  • Impact


    We hope that by building the capacity and skills within the local community and the festival committee that we will be able to encourage long term change by supporting them to deliver a more robust, sustainable and resilient project plan to support the festival in the future. We have a team of 39 experienced arts leaders and community activists that will be sharing their skills to help to embed new ways of working and approaches into the development of the festival.


    Most's of the risks are external political and environmental risks. Due to the unstable nature of countries in this region there may be a possibility that tourism may once again decrease (such as the Ebola crisis and military coup). By working with the festival committee and local community we hope to embed new skills and experience within the festival team enabling them to build resilience into their projects in the future minimizing any risks presented. We will also explore governance.


    We will update our generous donors via e-shot news letters and social media updates on a dedicated facebook page. Donors will also have the opportunity to visit the festival in the future and contribute hands on to its development. We hope that this will be the beginning of an ongoing partnership.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 preparing the venue, the sound This is the fundraising target based on the actual costs of previous festivals
      £500 Contingency Contingency or carried forward to 2019 if not used.
  • Background


    Kartong Village and Kartong beach ecotourism resort are located in Kombo South District, in the West Coast Region on the southern tip of the southwest coast of The Gambia, in West Africa. The rural settlement lies on the Kombo Coastal Road, near its termination, and near the international border with the Senegal, which is demarcated by the Allahein River (San Pedro River). Kartong is a multi-ethnic village community, largely made up of Mandinka, followed by Jola, and other minority tribes.


    Kartong Festival supports the whole village with a strong ethos of social enterprise. By building the festival into a tourist destination there is opportunity for local businesses and traders to capitalist on this footfall and moneys raised stay in country to build the local economy. Currently most tourist attractions are European owned and spending from tourism leaves the country back to Europe. We want to build a structure that supports a whole local village. These are the first steps.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Global Grooves is an international Canrival arts Charity and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation with decades of experience in developing sustainable arts events with a social enterprise approach and social purpose. We have a team of expert arts managers, producers, fundraisers, artists and social activists and entrepreneurs that will be offering development support to the festival team and have delivered many similar protects internationally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leon Patel

    Lead artists and social entrepreneur leading the project. Global Grooves CEO.

    Holly Prest

    Lead Artists and Global Grooves Artistic Director will support in the project development and production.

    Eraldo Marques

    Global Grooves finance and operations manager working with the festival to develop their financial resilience.

    African Linx

    UK based organisation set up to support the festival since 2006. We would like to thank African Linx for their amazing support for Kartong Festival.


By helping us to raise just £1000 the festival committee will be able to run the festival in 2018.