The director of St Pauls Carnival has confirmed that the carnival will go ahead next year, despite the impacts of Covid-19 on the events industry.
The carnival will take place in a hybrid form with it being a digital event and a live event on the day.
Following the success of their live event Spirit Up! this year, the St Pauls Carnival team have said they are “confident” it has helped them “build an even stronger foundation” for the carnival.
Executive director LaToyah McAllister-Jones said the thought of St Pauls Carnival 2021 is “a little bit daunting but also exciting”.
She said: “I think in planning for next year, we have to be belts and braces.
“It would be fantastic to think we could be out on the streets with 100,000 people or more in St Pauls on the streets but I think that it is sensible to think we might be in a situation where that is not possible.
“So, for me in terms of next year, it’s about taking the best of what we do – the live events on the streets – and then using technology to merge those elements in a hybrid model to deliver something that will be visceral, live and direct and we can be together.
“But, also something where we can really manage and keep our community safe by being able to stream content into people’s homes.”
In 2021, they will be delivering an immersive one-week digital fringe event including costume making, film, music, dance and sharing the traditions of African-Caribbean culture and celebrating diversity.
Whilst simultaneously delivering St Pauls Carnival live and remaining Covid-safe and compliant. It will be a seated event with social distancing and crowd control measures.
They will also be continuing their Schools Programme and Community Engagement scheme.
Dates are still to be confirmed.
This year St Pauls Carnival reached over 250,000 people and partnered up with Trinity Arts Centre and Bristol Arts Channel to deliver a two-week fringe festival and a digital carnival.
The team said: “We had limited corporate support due to Covid-19, but Spirit Up! delivered on its promise which will help build stronger foundations, – we were United at Home.
“Building on the love of Carnival and wider engagement, we are confident that a hybrid digital & ‘live’ event will lead to a bright future in the post-COVID world.”