Prince Harry’s Letter
Please click the letter from Prince Harry’s private secretary to open it full size.
Please click on the JPEG icon below to open a full size timeline of key dates for the coming year.
Take a look at the carnival’s new organisation chart and download the new membership form. from the Stalls page.
Download the new Caribbean Carnival of Manchester phone app for all the latest news, offers and what’s on information relating to this year’s carnival.
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You may have seen reports of the scandal of the Windrush Generation.
The Windrush Generation refers to people who came to the UK from the Commonwealth any time before the 1973 and who have been British citizens for decades have found themselves without documentation and without the ability to work or claim benefits. Anyone you came to the UK before 1988 can be caught up in this. This is a scandal and one that needs to be rectified.
I have arranged a meeting for anyone who is affected, or anyone who knows someone who is affected to come and talk about their situation. The meeting will take place at The Windrush Millennium Centre on Wednesday 2nd May at 5pm.
As MP for Manchester Central, I have been dealing with similar cases and trying to help people who have been caught in this situation and have written to and met with Government Ministers as well as spoken in Parliament on the issue.
If you know anyone who has been affected or anyone who came to the UK before 1988 and who is worried about their status, please share this invitation with them.
If you can’t make the meeting but need advice then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 232 0872 or by writing to Lucy Powell MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA.
Winrush Meeting Venue
5pm Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust,
Windrush Millennium Centre,
70 Alexandra Road,
Celebrating 70 Platinum Years of the Windrush Generation
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A message from the Chair …
Hopefully, everybody is aware this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester theme is Windrush bacchanal, celebrating 70 platinum years of the Windrush generation.
For anyone wishing to understand more about the Windrush generation, how the generation positively changed the UK with their brand of cultural music, dance and colourful vibrancy and the struggles they faced after landing on these shores, links to historical information on the Windrush generation have been randomly chosen and included at the bottom of this post.
To carnival 2018. Preparations are well underway. As we begin organising, the committee would like to take this opportunity to pass on messages to band leaders, performers, stall holders and troops.
The message to stall holders is, space in the park is limited and therefore at a premium. The committee is only able to allocate a pre-determined size plot to each stall holder; therefore, any stall holders wishing to bring trailers or similar into the park, MUST contact the Chair, Carnival Mickey, in advance to discuss whether it is possible to bring a trailer into the park and the cost implications. Mickey can be contacted on 07985 400 384 or at email@example.com.
If any troops, performers and bands would like to take part in this year’s carnival, likewise the committee invites band leaders to contact the chair to apply using the information above. The committee is preparing a new band/ troop registration form which will hopefully be uploaded to the website for download soon. So, please check back in a couple of weeks.
A comprehensive list of ‘What’s On’ for 2018 is still being established. However, the committee can confirm there will be a full road parade, 8 stages of fantastic performers in the park, as well all the favourites like African Corner, Latin Corner and others. The committee will announce more in due course.
Finally, if any confirmed performers or troops would like to feature on the carnival website, please contact Mickey with a write up and at least one banner image at least 750 pixels by 500 pixels in size. The same applies to advertisers; although, cost and terms and conditions apply for advertising on the carnival’s website platform.
Long live Lord Kitchener, the Trinadadian Calypso and Soca artist who started the embryonic Caribbean carnival in London.
See you all in August.
Carnival Mickey (Chair)
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018
The Voyage of the Empire Windrush
Windrush, Part 1 of 4
The Windrush Generation
Sources of Information
- The Windrush Generation (bbc.co.uk, 2008)
- The Voyage of the Empire Windrush (www.youtube.com, 2018)
- Windrush Part 1 of 4 (www.youtube.com, 2018)
- Sam King and the Windrush generation were pioneers, survivors and heroes (www.runnymedetrust.org, 2016)
- Windrush and the mingling of Britain (www.timeshighereducation.com, 1998)
- How The Windrush Generation Changed The United Kingdom (www.voice-online.co.uk, 2013)
- HMT Empire Windrush – Wikipedia (wikipedia.org, 2018)
- Awards – 70 years of the NHS, Over the last 70 years the NHS has relied on talent and workforce from around the world to make it work. (www.salfordcvs.co.uk, 2018)
- Windrush Generation: ‘They thought we should be planting bananas’ (www.telegraph.co.uk, 2015)
- The legacy of the Windrush Generation by Dr Anthony Reddie (www.keepthefaith.co.uk, 2013)
- The Windrush generation are looked on with admiration and rightly so – here’s why (metro.co.uk, 2017)
- The Windrush generation (USI, 2018)
- The ‘Windrush’ midwives (bbc.co.uk, 2016)
- Windrush – the Passengers (www.bbc.co.uk, 2011)
- Windrush – Arrivals (bbc.co.uk, 2018)
- British African-Caribbean people (en.wikipedia.org, 2018)
- Windrush review – upbeat tribute to a generation who transformed Britain
- Stories in a suitcase, The Caribbean Windrush generation share what they brought to England (www.huckmagazine.com, 2016)
- Policing the Windrush generation (www.historyandpolicy.org, 20006)
- Tales from the Windrush generation – celebrating 70 years since mass migration from the Caribbean (www.examiner.co.uk, 2018)
- Remembering the stories of the Windrush generation (www.hlf.org.u, 2016)
- Beyond the SS Empire Windrush: London’s Black History in the Archives (blogs.kcl.ac.uk, 2016)
- Windrush – 65 years on (http://www.itv.com, 2013)
- Arrival of SS Empire Windrush (www.historytoday.com, 1998)
The team at the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and prosperous 2018.
The team would also like to thank everyone for their hard work and support in 2017. In particular, the team would like to thank those who supported the carnival financially or with their time and skills.
- CCoM committee and supporting team
- Troops & participants
- Lucy Powell MP
- Manchester City Council (All departments connected to the Carnival)
- Greater Manchester Police
- St John’s Ambulance
- WRPS Scaffolding
- Bigint Ltd.(website)
And, our great sponsors without whom the carnival may not happen:
Following another successful carnival year, we now look to 2018. Details about the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018 theme will be published soon, so please stay in touch with the carnival news page.
Thanks to NordWood Themes on UnSplash.com for supplying the image for this post under the creative commons license.
With the weather holding out, at least in the afternoon, Carnival 2017 was another highly successful event.
The weekend has become a highlight of the annual carnival calendar and the great people of Manchester, along with those who attended from throughout Britain, did not disappoint us again. The parade was as spectacular and stunning as ever, with a diversity of fantastic Mas Bands, floats and costumes on show. Much fun was had by all.
The carnival organisers wish to thank everyone who attended to make carnival 2017 a special occasion to remember.
We are now pleased to announce the results of the annual carnival awards.
– Main Carnival Parade National Bands:
- Pure Elegance Huddersfield
- Cultural Roots Derby
- Spectrum Preston
– Main Carnival Parade Manchester Bands:
- A Squad
- SOCA Explosion & Africa Diversity
– The Culturama Stage Parade:
- A Squad
- SOCA Explosion
The parade was judged at the junction between Claremont Road junction and Alexandra Park. Trophies will be presented on Saturday 16th September 2017.
Congratulations to all the award winners, and a big thanks to everybody who took part.
The Caribbean Carnival 2017 information leaflet is out now. The carnival committee would like the carnival to be a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. The information leaflet has been produced with this in mind; therefore, we encourage everyone visiting this year’s carnival to take a look at the information provided.
A copy of the information leaflet has been included below for your convenience. There is also a downloadable PDF version, if you would like to take a copy away.
More information is available on our visitor information page. Please make time to take a look at the information provided. We wish everyone a great carnival.
Grab Original Information Leaflet PDF
Click the Adobe PDF logo on the left to download the information leaflet.
Jump Up, Jump Up, J’ouvert!
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Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.
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Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.
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Great Offers & Fantastic Service
Bigint has been delivering dedicated website and digital support for the Manchester Carnival, Tropical Media and Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network for some years, now we would like to offer the same backing to other UK Carnivals and Mas Bands.
Just like carnivals, website development and maintenance is driven by budgets. The bigger the budget, the more time can be spent designing and creating something impressive and truly unique. However, when no large budget is available, how do you professionally get the carnival’s messages across online? You ask Bigint Ltd. to work with you, because we provide carnivals with unbelievable prices and fantastic service.
We understand that carnival budgets are stretched, that’s why we have always kept our prices super competitive for carnivals.
We do regular maintenance tasks such as website security and content management system (CMS) updating for free.
We complete the essential time-consuming job of search engine optimization (SEO) on all content for free.
We often wave charges for small updates and changes.
Of course, we cannot do everything for free, but to further reduce costs, we invite carnivals to contribute wording and graphics towards new content creation. Although we are still left with lots of code to write, the contribution of content by the carnival team reduces the lengthy design phase, which means we are able to update the site for lower cost.
Content is made for all
We build website that work; the Manchester carnival website alone receives over 25,000 visitors each day over carnival weekend. That’s one huge number of visitors. Our websites work on all devices including desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. The content is made for all age groups and follows recognized design principles to make it accessible to all.
What We Offer
Below are some of the services we provide to support the Manchester Caribbean Carnival, Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network and Tropical Media:
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 12th & 13th August 2017
Great Food with a Twist
Hello, we are a mobile catering company with a twist, because we have a fleet of fire engines that have been modified into catering units. Each engine operates from 2 sides; the first sells hot and cold food such as burgers, hot dogs, Mediterranean food, burritos, rice and chicken, on the other side we sell desserts and confectionery. We even have our own ice cream and popcorn machine.
Each engine has its own name and personality, along with seating for 40 people. We have 2 bouncy castles and coming soon is a TV for inside the engine so children can watch a fire safety video. There will also be 50 inch TV on the front of the engine.
We have 15 fire engines ready to go
In all, we have 15 fire engines ready to go. Not only will each engine have 2 TVs, they will be kitted out with professional lights and a sound system that can be used separately or hooked up to the other engines to create a fantastic show.
We hope to see you on the 12th & 13th August 2017.
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016
Bajan Village 2016
Barbados Association UK and Community Help Africa
The CCOM 2016 is proud to celebrate Barbados 50 by welcoming the Bajan Village to Alexandra Park during the two days of Carnival.
With Performances over 2 stages; music, crafts market and food stalls all set within a family friendly atmosphere beneath the trees will fill the air with scented sun and Soca.
Saturday & Sunday Line up features
- 50th anniversary of independence by Megatone Sound System will be playing the best Reggae, ub and Caribbean Vibes
- DJ More Fyah of Legacy Radio 90.1FM on the road and in the park playing Soca Calypso and much more
- Natural Mystic of Legacy radio 90.1FM. The latest female DJ in Manchester playing the best in Soca, Reggae and Old Skool Sounds.
- Murray Man, Birmingham Reggae veteran of Mellow Vibes Records fame will headline
- Guest DJs include DJ Tomlin (Afro/ Latin/ Carribean inspired Grooves!)
- Circus and children’s crafts area
- Stalls Include: House of Barbados, WonderWall (World Prints)
- Juicality, Fresh Healthy Beverages, Bajan Kitchen and Cocktails!
Sunday Set – Our Bajan Friends and Family Finale
Hosted by Britain’s Got Talen’t Star and Manchester legend, Mr Zip
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016
Featured: Strat Corner
New at this year’s carnival is ‘Strat Corner’ celebrating the emerald isle of Montserrat and its people. Strat Corner will feature SOCA, Calypso, traditional singing, traditional costumes and traditional food. In fact, all things to do with the culture of the emerald isle. Want to know more in advance? Here are some facts about the emerald isle.
So, what’s on at carnival 2016? To keep everybody informed we have a website ‘what’s on’ page with information on all this year’s events. Why not check it out?
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to show solidarity with Preston Carnival by encouraging people to attend Preston’s static town centre carnival event on June 11th 2016.
Below is the full Lancashire Evening Post report
Preston’s spectacular Caribbean carnival procession has been cancelled next month after more than 40 years.
Organisers say they can no longer afford to stage the colourful cavalcade, which sees thousands line the streets between Moor Park and the city centre.
Instead they will hold a “static” event complete with stunning costumes, music and food on the Flag Market on June 11.
A lack of cash has meant the end of the road for the annual procession – at least for this year.
“It’s such a shame because the parade is part of the fabric of Preston,” said carnival treasurer Carol Nevins. “Funding has all-but dried up this year. It’s a sign of the times.”
The event is Preston’s most dazzling of the year, bringing a taste of Mardi Gras to the terraced streets of the city. But the procession has become another victim of austerity Britain.
The carnival needs around £30,000 to cover the costs of security, staging, crowd management, event equipment, cleansing and road closure staffing.
Yet with no donations forthcoming from the city council, Lancashire County Council and the Preston BID team, the organizers have been forced to call off the popular parade which in past years has snaked its way between Moor Park and the city centre, featuring fabulous floats, dance troupes and Caribbean bands.
And, while a riot of colour and costumes will still provide an eye-catching show on the Flag Market, the event is unlikely to live up to past glories.
“The money just isn’t there to put on our usual event,” explained treasurer Carol.
“We get lottery funding from the Arts Council, but they only support art and culture, anything on the performance side of things. They don’t support any infrastructure costs like security and barriers.
“We need about £30,000 for our usual parade and for Moor Park. And that is a lot of money to find when sponsorship is drying up.
“We have been hanging on, hoping funds would come in. But they haven’t and so we had a meeting and reluctantly decided that the procession will have to go – at least for this year.
“We will have a smaller scale event on the Flag Market and then we will have another 12 months to see if we can raise money to bring it back next year. I hope we can.”
The cancellation of the street procession comes at the end of a torrid eight months for the carnival organizers.
Back in October they were in danger of having to bring the curtain down on the whole event when they lost two units at Oyston Mill for storing their elaborate costumes and where dance troupes practiced.
But after moving three times – including a spell using storage space at Fulwood Leisure Centre – they are back at the Mill.
The not-for-profit organization is now planning to apply for charitable status in the hope it will open up new sources of funding.
“Hopefully by just doing the Flag Market even this year it will make people aware of the situation we are in and support us,” said Carol.
Councillor Peter Kelly, Preston Council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “It’s a real shame that the procession isn’t happening at this year’s Caribbean Carnival. It’s a great tradition and one the whole of Preston will sorely miss.
“Nowadays, it costs many thousands of pounds to put the event on and most of these costs are associated with the procession. So, we fully support the carnival committee’s decision to stage the carnival, though not to hold the procession this year.
“We are helping the committee to put the event on and are also helping out with the annual King and Queen of the carnival event which takes place on the Flag Market on June 11.
“We’re also helping the committee in trying to find other sources of funding for the carnival. It’s a national trend unfortunately as traditional funding sources are drying up. Councils simply don’t have the money they once had so grants are far harder to come by now.
“Still, the carnival is an amazing event and I am sure there are people and funding bodies interested in working with them to put on the carnival and procession in future years.”