West Indian Carnival, Chapeltown, Leeds.

The countdown is on! May 21st marks 100 days to Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016!

We’re expecting another bumper year on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August with thousands expected for the unrivalled atmosphere, great music, and food, not to mention the sparkling parade of floats and hundreds of stunning costumes from across the UK.

Carnival Founder and Chairperson Arthur France said, “As well bringing the streets of Leeds to life with the colour, spectacle and unbeatable atmosphere that have attracted millions of visitors and millions to the economy over 49 years, Leeds Carnival 2016 gives culture in the city yet another chance to shine.”

Our team who organise the Carnival, which in 1967 was the first of its kind in Europe to feature all three essential Caribbean carnival elements of masquerade, music and a parade,  is working closely with artists, funders, partners and sponsors to ensure that 2017’s landmark 50th anniversary celebrations are the biggest and best yet.

Mr. France said, “We are already receiving national and international queries from carnival fans planning to be in the city for our 50th anniversary next year. As well as being a huge milestone, 2017 will be a fantastic opportunity for Leeds to show the world how proud we are of this phenomenal event that unites people from all walks of life. To make sure that we get it right, this year’s Carnival has to be the biggest dress rehearsal Leeds has ever seen.”

Arts Council England support means that the much anticipated annual Leeds Carnival King and Queen Show, which showcases dramatic large scale costumes will make its third showing at West Yorkshire Playhouse on August 26th.

The funding will also help us to offer young people practical skills, mentorship and work experience with costume designers, and partner organisations including BBC Radio Leeds, BBC North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC 1Xtra.

Keep an eye out for more details of Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016 events here on 0113 3070001 and Twitter @CarnivalLeeds using #CarnivalHappy .