Cardiff Carnival '15:
Saturday 8th August

Cardiff Carnival is Wales’ biggest and brightest
carnival — now in our 26th year!

Cardiff Carnival is the most colourful celebration OF Cardiff BY Cardiff:
a creative explosion of sequins, glitter and feathers.

Cardiff Carnival transforms the city centre with a riot of
flamboyant carnival art, music and dance.

SWICA Cardiff Carnival is part of Cardiff Festival

Download Cardiff Carnival 2015 Flyer

Download Cardiff Carnival 2015 Timetable

Do It!

Carnival is for everyone: people of all ages and abilities are welcome and you need no previous arts experience.

At the heart of Cardiff Carnival are 3 weeks of FREE carnival arts workshops. These take place at the Carnival Camp in our NEW location: Fitzalan High School, Lawrenny Avenue, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8XB.

How to find the new Carnival Camp - here's a map!

The Carnival Camp is open daily from midday to 8pm (5pm on weekends) from Tuesday 21st July to Thursday 6th August 2015.

Our expert team will help you to develop your creative ideas, show you how best to use the materials on offer and teach you how to dance for the parade.

You’ll never forget the skills, fun and friends you’ll make, both along the way in the Carnival Camp and as you parade on carnival day.

Please note children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Carnival Camp Timetable

Tuesday 21st July

12.00 – 20.00

Wednesday 22nd July

12.00 – 20.00

Thursday 23rd July

12.00 – 20.00

Friday 24th July

12.00 – 20.00

Saturday 25th July

12.00 – 17.00

Sunday 26th July

12.00 – 17.00

Monday 27th July

12.00 – 20.00

Tuesday 28th July

12.00 – 20.00

Wednesday 29th July

Closed to the public

Thursday 30th July

12.00 – 20.00

Friday 31st July

12.00 – 20.00

Saturday 1st August

12.00 – 17.00

Sunday 2nd August

Closed to the public

Monday 3rd August

12.00 – 20.00

Tuesday 4th August

12.00 – 20.00

Wednesday 5th August

12.00 – 20.00

Thursday 6th August

12.00 – 17.00

Friday 7th August


Saturday 8th August

Carnival Day

Collage of Cardiff carnival photos

View It!

Cardiff Carnival Street Stages (10.30am - 3.30pm)

Cardiff city centre comes alive: enjoy FREE family fun on the carnival stage in The Hayes (10.30 - 3.30)  featuring glamorous carnival costumes, hi-energy dance, samba drumming as well as quirky street theatre, Brazilian martial arts, live music, family-friendly burlesque, magic shows and surprise flashmobs.


Cardiff Carnival Parade (3.00pm – 5.30pm)

Wales’ most colourful carnival parade transforms Cardiff city centre with hundreds of glitzy sequined costumes, upbeat sounds from massed samba drumming and funky streetbands.

Follow the parade at 3.30 from the Atrium and down Queen Street on to St Mary's Street and through The Hayes.

Fringe Events

To get you into the carnival mood, SWICA has lined up with some local acts and venues:

Click an option for details.

Pop Up Carnival

Date TBC

To celebrate the launch of Cardiff Carnival 2015 SWICA, Wales' leading carnival arts experts, offer a free opportunity to transform yourself by trying on glamorous headpieces - an explosion of sequins, glitter and feathers: a taste of Rio without leaving Chapter!

if you fancy being in the parade then join SWICA at the 3 weeks of free carnival arts workshops




Pre-Carnival Party 

Fri 7th August 2015, 

Coming Soon

Closing Party 

Sat 8th August 2015,

Coming Soon