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Kingston Carnival gets additional funding boost from council

Kingston Council has provided an additional £7,500 funding boost to this Sunday's carnival, following an unsuccessful funding bid, by the organisers, to Arts Council England.

The annual event, which attracts thousands of visitors to Kingston, will this year receive a total of £15,500 from the council.

Leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, said: 

"The council places great importance to supporting the culture of the borough and have therefore supported the carnival in meeting their shortfall. We will be working with the organisers of the event to look at how we can get greater support for the carnival from the wider community and business organisations for future years. As a key funding partner of this year's carnival, I hope as many people as possible will come and enjoy the day."

Javed Rafiq, Chair of Kingston Race and Equalities Council, who organise the carnival, said: 

"We are very grateful to the council for providing this much needed funding for the event and stepping in to make sure that this year’s event can still go ahead. We are looking forward to the day and invite everyone to come along, join in and experience the true spirit of carnival for themselves.”

The extravaganza will kick off at midday with a procession of vibrant and dazzling costumes, starting from the Guildhall. There will be also be groups showcasing music, culture and food throughout the day in the Ancient Market Place, High Street, Memorial Gardens, All Saints Church and the Rose Theatre until 7pm.

Community groups and local musicians will take to the Colin Bloxham stage outside the Guildhall, with dynamic performances planned ranging from Bollywood Bands to the  exciting beats of the The Dhol Squad. Professional bands and musicians will provide carnival vibes on the Prabha Shetty stage in the Ancient Market Place. A sound system will also be playing in the Apple Market, with a mix of reggae, soca and other new sounds.

There will also Indian head massages, reflexology, martial arts, capoeira, zumba dancers, street dance, face painting, henna, circus skills and much more in Clarence Street, Market Place, Memorial Square, Eden Walk and the front of the Guildhall.

For more information about the event, please visit www.kingstonrec.org or call 020 8547 2332.