Statement in response to Cowley Road Carnival 2023 cancellation

Published: Friday, 2nd June 2023

Oxford City Council is issuing the following statement from Councillor Ajaz Rehman, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Communities, in response to the news that Cowley Road Carnival 2023 has been cancelled:

“We’re very sad to hear that Cowley Road Carnival won’t be taking place this year. We have provided a three-year grant to the organisers Cowley Road Works, which continues till 2025, and we’ve been working with them since early this year to try to support their funding needs to organise Carnival 2023. It’s a tough time for all voluntary organisations to raise money, and we understand the funding rejection from the Arts Council had a significant impact on plans. We know how disappointed people will be by this news, the carnival has been a hugely popular event for Oxford’s different communities for many years. We are ready to support Cowley Road Works if they decide to use the current momentum to plan towards a carnival next year.”