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Cardiff Carnival returns after 16 year hiatus

Butetown Carnival is returning to the city this August Bank Holiday, after calls from Cardiff residents for its revival.

The carnival, which last took place in 1998, will once again celebrate the rich musical heritage of the local community.

It began in the mid-1960s and during the carnival's hey-day, attracted tens of thousands of people to enjoy an abundance of market stalls, parades and activities.

Throughout its 40 year history, the carnival rivalled festivals across the border including Notting Hill and St Paul's.

The decision to bring the carnival back to its former glory was taken last year.

Carrole Fox, General Manager at Butetown Community Centre said:

“You mention the carnival and the general response is –BRING IT BACK, so that’s what we’re doing, and we decided to just do it and not wait for yet another year.”

The carnival attracted hundreds of people each year

This year will see a variety of performances including jazz, blues, reggae and ska from celebrated local artists.

Alongside live music, there will be market stalls, a parade to kick off the celebrations, pop-up poetry and theatre and a huge flash-mob performance.

Simon Campbell, Chair of the Carnival’s Steering Committee said:

“We’ve received a lot of support from local businesses to get this year’s carnival off the ground, for which we are incredibly grateful. The Carnival holds a special place in all of our hearts; it reminds us of what a close community we were and I know this will bring us closer yet again.”

The carnival's Facebook page saw over 2000 people sign up to the event after just two days.

You can find out more about the event here.

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