Carnival Arts Partnership


‘The best thing about carnival is using it as an opportunity to connect people, a catalyst to community bonding and building relationships’
(community group leader)


About us

The Carnival Arts Partnership (CAP) has been working to engage diverse participants, artists, and trainees in Gloucester Carnival since 2012.

Our partners share a vision of an artistically exciting, accessible, and environmentally friendly event that celebrates the diversity and talents of Gloucester’s communities.

Whilst 2020 events in the City have been cancelled, Art Shape is leading virtual projects to lift our spirits during lockdown, and to keep the City’s communities engaged in shaping 2021 plans and a vibrant and sustainable future for this 84 year-old event.


The CAP exists to:

- Support development of carnival / outdoor arts skills amongst local artists, volunteers and community group leaders (including those facing disabling barriers)

- Embed skills and a commitment to annual carnival involvement amongst local community groups, schools and businesses (through artist residencies, training and support packages)

- Raise aspirations for, and community ownership of, Gloucester Carnival through dialogue, discussion events / campaigns and traineeships that engage stakeholders from across the City’s diverse communities

- Inspire others to raise the artistic quality of Gloucester Carnival through masterclasses, traineeships, and production / commissioning of parade pieces

- Enhance and disseminate our learning around inclusive Carnival / outdoor arts through engagement with other local and national guest artists, organisations and networks. E.g. Gloucester’s CAP is a partner in Carnival Network South.


Find Out More 

Click here for CAP Project Information / to access CAP Resources

  You can also engage with the CAP through:

- @GloucesterCarnival on Facebook


 Watch the short film below to get a feel for CAP projects and Gloucester Carnival:


Current CAP Members:




Current CAP funders:



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