Since it started in 1968, Bristol’s St Paul’s Carnival has had more than its fair share of trials and tribulations, but happily it’s back again today, Saturday 6 July. “There will be music, entertainment and plenty carnival vibes” promise the organisers – and that’s just at the Saturday afternoon mas camps at the Malcolm X Centre! They’ve already held six two-day costume-making workshops for local schools plus dance and drumming sessions, so we’re expecting a spectacular display of mas and movement on the day.
One imaginative initiative will see four local community photography enthusiasts given the chance to take part in a free weekend training course run by leading professional photographers ‑ they may even have their work displayed at the renowned Arnolfini Gallery.
There’s a reggae and roots poetry-focused Windrush Stage, the World Dance Stage (where DJs will play soca, dancehall and afrobeats in the evening), the Unity Stage for young talent and a Children’s Stage. With so much going on, you need to explore www.stpaulscarnival.net.