Cowley Road Carnival Takes A Break In 2012

Organisers say they're taking a year off in 2012 with lots of other events going on throughout the year.

It celebrated it's 10th anniversary last year, with 20,000 revellers, but there'll be no return for 2012.

"There is a lot going on in Oxford this year, with many events around the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics,” says John Hole, Cowley Road Works chair of trustees.

"We feel that by taking a break, the community can focus on all of these and we can benefit from a longer planning period to return in 2013 with the Schools and Community Procession, music performances and even more of the community-focused events that make Carnival so magical.

“We have consulted with many community groups and people connected to Carnival and have reached the conclusion that it makes a lot of sense to hold on until 2013.

"In addition, to make Carnival the best that it can be, we can use the 18 month lead time to attract help and participation from all parts of the community and to secure crucial funding and sponsorship."

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