Cowley Road Carnival to Celebrate Mother Earth, Cowley Road Works


Cowley Road Carnival to Celebrate Mother Earth

The annual Cowley Road Carnival (5 July 2020) is an unmissable Oxford icon, regularly attracting up to 50,000 people, all drawn to the event’s unique atmosphere and the huge range of attractions and activities.


This year the theme is ‘Mother Earth’ to celebrate the Natural World while also drawing attention to the global issue of climate change.

Carnival-goers can expect ‘Carnival Unplugged’ with a gentler vibe and acoustic melodic sets on the Manzil Gardens Music Stage.

Louder beats to be found on ‘Electric Avenue’ further down the Cowley Road nearer the Plain.

New director Clare O’Hara says: “Mother Earth is the perfect theme for 2020. The groups in the procession can interpret the theme as broadly as they like. There is a huge scope for the schools and other community groups to express love for the natural environment and focus on global and local environmental issues. We can’t wait to see their creative interpretations in the costumes and processional structures.”


Starting from the Plain at 12.30 pm, around 700 people are expected to participate in the procession, which is the focal point of Carnival Day on 5 July.

Year 7, 9 and 10 pupils at Oxford Spires Academy have already got cracking and completed their procession artwork in a project which has been supported by the Oxford Business Park.

All the materials used by the students have been reclaimed and reused. The tentacles are made of coffee cup tops and the tentacles from fabric conditioner bottles.

The University of Oxford is also helping to bring Carnival arts and earth science to four local schools, and Oxford Brookes University to bring great green technology to Carnival.


Cowley Road Works (CRW), the charity which organises the Carnival, works with the community all year round.  CRW has spearheaded projects with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.

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