Further Information About
Eastbourne Carnival

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What is the theme for the 2024 Eastbourne Carnival?

The theme for this year is ‘Into The Wild. We want the community to get excited and creative about the beauty of the natural environment.

You could be creating something which is relevant to the UK, Sussex or, something from lands further away e.g. tropical rainforests, savannahs – the choice is yours!

We welcome musicians, singers, drummers, bands, sound systems, dancers and those that focus on their costume or floats.

We want this Carnival to be full of colour and performance!

Where does Carnival start and what is the route?

Entrants will be given specific times to line up approximately 2 weeks before the Carnival.

The Parade officially begins at 2pm departing from Fishermen’s Green and will end at the Wish Tower Slopes, Western Lawns.

Where does Carnival start and what is the route?

Entrants will be given specific times to line up approximately 2 weeks before the Carnival.

The Parade officially begins at 2pm departing from Fishermen’s Green and will end at the Wish Tower Slopes, Western Lawns.

Performances at Eastbourne Carnival

Entrants have the opportunity to do a performance facing towards the Bandstand VIP Area. The performance should not exceed 5 minutes where possible - the performance will be judged by the Bandstand audience, together with the ‘People’s Choice’ vote which takes place after Carnival.

You can contact us by email if you have any queries about your entry.

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I want help with my entry for Eastbourne Carnival

We will be working with creatives in our community including Cotton Candy and Cherry Dance to help entrants with costume making and float making and dance performances.

Keep an eye on the News Section of our website or on our social media for updates on these or contact us by email for more information.

There is also a Facebook Group for Entrants.

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I want to use a vehicle as part of my entry – what insurances will I need?

All entrants with an accompanying vehicle need insurance to cover their band.

Specific insurance needs to be arranged for your vehicle to cover how you intend to use it during the Carnival.

Additionally, wheel Marshals need to be in situ to prevent any accidents or injuries to participants on foot.

We ask that you have a minimum of two marshals wearing high viz bibs walking either side of the front wheels of each vehicle.

You can contact us by email if you have any queries about Insurance and Health & Safety for your entry.

Fundraising at Carnival

If you are a Charity, CIC or Community Group – please indicate this on your entry. We may ask further information to substantiate your status. Those eligible will be able to benefit from proceeds raised through bucket collection on the day. 50% goes to Eastbourne Carnival towards next year’s event, and the remaining 50% is shared with Charities and those eligible.

Fundraising at Carnival

If you are a Charity, CIC or Community Group – please indicate this on your entry. We may ask further information to substantiate your status. Those eligible will be able to benefit from proceeds raised through bucket collection on the day. 50% goes to Eastbourne Carnival towards next year’s event, and the remaining 50% is shared with Charities and those eligible.

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Promoting your cause at Carnival

Carnival is a celebration, and each entry must contain an element of performance. This can be through music, singing, dancing or costume presentation. Any banners should be to highlight your organisation only i.e. your name, and not a statement of your cause.

You can contact us by email if you have any queries about your entry.

Environmental guidance for entrants and the public

Entrants

Eastbourne Carnival seeks to be as sustainable as possible.

We work in line with Guidance from Eastbourne Borough Council and ask our entrants to comply with the following:

1. Balloons are NOT permitted at Eastbourne Carnival. This is because they cause significant harm to Marine life.

2. Single use plastic is prohibited (where relevant) i.e. plastic bags, drinks bottles, plastic cutlery, single use food containers and plastic cups.

3. Entrants are discouraged from giving out stickers.

4. Entrants are required to take responsibility of their own waste generated by their entry and take back and recycle.

The Public

1. Balloons are NOT permitted at Eastbourne Carnival. This is because they cause significant harm to Marine life.

2. The public are encouraged to bring refillable bottles for water and use the Refill points along the route. Download the Refill App to locate the closest refill points.

3. The public are advised to be responsible for their rubbish and ensure they place in appropriate bin or take home.

4. Please consider how you get to Carnival – taking public transport, car sharing, walking or cycling as is practical if you can.

REGISTRATION: FOR ENTRANTS AND MARSHALS

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CONTACT

Suite 4
Chamber House
49 Gildredge Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4RY

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