AUDIO: Cancelled Cowley Road Carnival goes VIRTUAL

PIC: Kourosh Khorshidfar

The street festival - which is moving online - usually attracts tens of thousands of people.

The Cowley Road Carnival team has been busy developing projects and activities which you can do at home, after the event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cowley Road Works, which organises the annual event, is now working on a project to stream the celebrations online, and get local people involved, as Director Clare O'Hara explains:

This year's carnival was called off last month, as soon as it became apparent that large outdoor festivals could not proceed.

But, a virtual Carnival Day is now being planned for July 5th.

Clare O'Hara said: "At this difficult time, it is important to keep spirits up and we hope to bring Carnival joy to Oxford with a series of projects and activities which you can all get involved with at home." 

The idea is to get everyone to contribute - through submitting photography, film, sound and written words - featuring all the amazing dance, music, poetry, performance, food, games and other carnival fun.

There are even plans for a virtual drum school and flash mob.

Clare added: "We are absolutely committed to bringing Carnival joy and colour to brighten the Summer of 2020.  We can't wait to see all your dance moves, music and masks, lanterns and poetry.

"Especially if you can film it all and we can stream it on Carnival Day and showcase through our website and social media. I am specially looking forward to some delicious Carnival street food recipes to try at home too." 

For more info on how to get involved, click HERE.

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