Huddersfield Carnival 2014 will 'definitely not be the last' organisers say after 40,000 turned out on Saturday

Carnival committee hope to attract big business sponsors to cover council funding cut

 

Organisers of Huddersfield Carnival have promised that this year’s festival will not be the last.

Carnival organisers hope to attract big business sponsors to cover a £78,000 shortfall in funding.

Last weekend’s carnival attracted a record 40,000 people, according to the Huddersfield Carnival Committee, including revellers from as far as London and Holland.

As well as the noisy and colourful parade from the Hudawi Centre, Hillhouse, through Huddersfield town centre and on to Greenhead Park, this year’s festival included international Caribbean artists such as, Richie Stevens, Gappy Ranks and Pupa Leendi.

 

And Huddersfield Carnival Committee (HCC) hopes to bring more Caribbean big names to Huddersfield in a bid to attract funding from major, as well as local, businesses.

Kirklees Council gave £78,000 to this year’s 30th anniversary carnival.

But due to budget cuts the council is set to withdraw all financial support for next year’s carnival.

HCC says Kirklees Council has agreed to provide other ‘support’ for the festival, but this is yet to be confirmed.

HCC chairman Carlyn Ferreira said: “We will have to do a bit more work and more fundraising and get the public more engaged with us.

“We’ll be applying for funding from more sponsors. We’ll be contacting big businesses to see if they are willing to sponsor us. We have no choice.

“This year was a great success and we had a lot more people than we expected.

“It was probably the best we’ve ever had.

Tim Hoggarth/Event Coverage Huddersfield Carnival crowds in the town centre
Huddersfield Carnival 2014 crowds in the town centre.
 

“We had international artists this year and that probably helped. Hopefully big companies will see our popularity and get behind us.

“We had a meeting on Monday and we’ve been looking at strategies to get more money next year.”

Ms Ferreira added: “It’s definitely not the last one.”

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