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Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016

The countdown is on! May 21st marks 100 days to Leeds West Indian Carnival 2016! We’re expecting another bumper year on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August with thousands expected for the unrivalled atmosphere, great music, and food, not to mention the sparkling parade of floats and hundreds of stunning costumes from across the UK.



We’re very excited to bring you details of our plans to bring Pop Up Carnival in the City to the heart of Leeds with the help of our friends at the Leeds BID and news of some very special guests joining us for Carnival all the way from Trinidad and Tobago.


Counting Down to Carnival!

The countdown to Leeds West Indian Carnival begins with some great announcements for carnival arts in 2015 and beyond. Thanks to Arts Council England funding for two years, the jaw dropping Leeds Carnival King & Queen Show will return to West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) after last year’s phenomenal sell out debut at the prestigious theatre. The funding will also take Leeds Carnival on de Road to other UK carnivals and provide amazing opportunities for young people to shadow experts in carnival arts and at incredible placements with our BBC Radio Leeds and WYP partners. And that’s not all! Three year Continue Reading



Leeds Carnival 2014

Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 47th anniversary was certainly one to remember. The celebrations kicked off with the crowning of Leeds Carnival Prince & Princess on August 17th as eight year old Khaleil Fell from Leeds triumphed in his Carnival Peacock costume


Carnival King & Queen in an exciting new venue

State of the art light and sound in a prestigious theatre space will take this year’s Carnival King and Queen to new heights of spectacle. The King & Queen show is one of the Carnivals most visually stunning and anticipated events. Year after year we see some fantastic costumes in great locations and this year is no different. Here at Carnival HQ we are so excited to announce that on August 22nd the King & Queen Show 2014 is going to be held in one of the UK’s most esteemed theatres, the West Yorkshire Playhouse! The show will take place Continue Reading


Pop goes Carnival

Leeds Pop Up Carnival Grand Depart Tour de France

This year Leeds West Indian Carnival is going to be popping up in some very unexpected places and we are very excited to announce our first Pop Up Carnival in Leeds. On July 5th straight after the Grand Departure of the Tour de France, one of the worlds biggest annual sporting events, the Leeds West Indian Pop Up Carnival will be the next big thing to leave the start line! 30 newly commissioned carnival costumes from some of the UK’s top designers Our parade, which is jam packed full of visually stunning costumes – which symbolise peace, love and unity Continue Reading


Carnival Memory Photo Competition

Enter our photo competition and win mouthwaterin’ prizes. Carnival is all about the sights and sounds that create fantastic memories. We are on the lookout for the best Leeds West Indian Carnival photo taken by you – our carnival fans.  Whether your snap is of the amazing costumes, the tempting food stalls, the music makers or simply the joy-filled faces of Carnival – we want to see them. Along with the costumes, the delicious food and drink are what draw thousands to Carnival every year. With that in mind the winning picture will receive: Sophisticated Dining and Cocktails at The Continue Reading