‘Virtual’ carnivals are this season’s style, unfortunately, and Derby Caribbean Carnival is no exception, being forced off the road by the Big C for the second year running. Look out for its livestream on Sunday 18 July 2021. You’ll need to check local news media and organisers for precise details of the online activities.
The carnival started modestly enough in 1975 in Moorsway Sports Centre and has evolved over the past 46 years to become an annual festival that can celebrate with pride the advances made by African Caribbean arts and culture in Derby city.
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The carnival is planned and organised by Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA), which was founded way back in 1955 and is based in Carrington Street.
DWICA is far more than just a carnival organiser, however. Throughout the year it provides valuable practical support for youngsters, their carers and the elderly, with a focus on improving their physical and mental health and providing a sense of community for those who may be feeling isolated. Twice a week its Covid Kitchen has been delivering hot meals to elderly and vulnerable members of the local community during the Coronavirus pandemic. As Soca News can attest, DWICA is a friendly and hard-working community organisation that’s well worth supporting both online and on the road.