Kemptown Carnival Returns 2019


The Kemptown Carnival set to return in 2019!


Brighton’s much loved Kemptown Carnival is set to return in style on June 1st 2019, in partnership with the Brighton Palace Pier.

Attracting over 30,000 attendees, Kemptown Carnival is Brighton’s largest free community arts street festival. Taking place across Kemptown Village, the Carnival is jammed packed with fun for every age; live music, samba parades and performances, street theatre, dance troupes, morris dancing, choirs, children’s activities, delicious food and drink from amazing local traders, fairground rides, arts and crafts stalls, and the Grand Custard Pie Fight!

Having taken the time to restructure the governing body, the Kemptown Carnival Community Interest Company held its first public meeting at the end of October and welcomed a great turn out of support for the event. With the support of the Palace Pier, Kemptown Carnival looks to remain part of the Brighton and Hove calendar for years to come.

The Kemptown Carnival are soon to announce an exciting lineup of music and community events and activities running from February through to June and will be taking place at the Palace Pier, Concorde 2, St Georges Church, and the Speigeltent.

Longtime Carnival event director Mat Cook says ‘we have some great people leading the new Carnival organisation who have been working very hard to see the event return next year. With our new Palace Pier partnership and the wonderful offers of support we have received from across the city, the Kemptown Carnival is looking in great shape!

It’s a privilege to work on an event which showcases and supports so many of Brighton’s talented musicians, artists, educators, and community groups and I very much look forward to helping create a wonderful Carnival for 2019 and beyond’.

Brighton Palace Pier CO Anne Akord says ‘We are delighted to partner The Kemptown Carnival which we believe is a fantastic event for the local community and further adds to the reputation of the city as a leading artistic destination’.




The Carnival is actively looking to build the team – there will be a range of voluntary and paid positions announced soon; please sign up to our mailing list or email to find out more.