Birmingham’s biggest family event of the year – Britain’s biggest street carnival after Notting Hill – is back this weekend after two years of cancellations. The Harborne Carnival welcomes tens of thousands of people to the city on Sunday, June 26th.
The event will celebrate its 25th anniversary as it returns in 2022 for the benefit of the charity Heart Research UK. And expectations are high, as bosses promise to make this “the best yet”.
Harborne Carnival started in 1997 as a small local festival and has grown every year, welcoming crowds of up to 70,000 people to the affluent suburb. Visitors to this year’s long-awaited event can expect stalls from artists and jewelers, street food and performances by local musicians, including 20-year-old veterans from the Mr Apollo carnival, nearby elementary schools and youth groups.
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On the main stage, visitors can also see the choirs Voice of the Town and Got 2 Sing, the drum band Bhangra Smash Up, the soul and funk band Lucas D and the Groove Ghetto, plus Pippa Langhorne, who recently appeared in Britain’s Got Talent. The funds raised will be used in the local community – something the organizers say has kept the event going for all these years.
This year’s partnership with Heart Research UK means a new focus on health and wellness. All proceeds from the carnival will be donated to community projects funded by the Midlands branch.
Paul Burgess, chairman of the Harborne Carnival, said: “It’s great to have the carnival back after Covid-19 and to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The Carnival Committee and the community are very grateful for the support from Heart Research UK and other sponsors without whom it could not take place. “
John Lloyd, Regional Director at Heart Research UK Midlands, added: “It’s wonderful to be a part of such a community-run event in Birmingham, and a charity is fully committed to supporting. The profits from the event will allow us to continue in funding community and research projects locally to help people live healthier, happier and longer lives. “
This year’s main sponsor is the engineering company adi Group, whose employees will also be volunteers on the day.