Carnival Theme for the 2020 Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Building on the success of this year’s Isle of Ely Arts Festival, the organisers are busy planning an exciting programme for  June 2020 on the theme of ‘Carnival’.

Plans so far include a big community concert in the Cathedral involving lots of children and musicians from local orchestras performing music from The Carnival of Animals, Lion King, Jungle Book and other animal themed musicals. The Choral Society and  Sing!Choirs will also be putting on concerts, the latter combining with a picnic in the Bishop’s garden.

There will also be a band night for young musicians and a sing along with a local Ukulele group. Both Babylon and Haddenham galleries are also planning various exhibitions, film nights and workshops during the festival period.

The festival committee are also looking for smaller arts groups in dance, drama, art and crafts, music, photography etc. to get in touch with their ideas, if they want to be part of next year’s festival. Contact

Groups should put together their estimated  expenditure and possible income by 25th November. Small grants to help the project take place may also be possible.

Your ideas may be on the carnival theme, but it is not compulsory’ said festival chairman, Sheila Friend-Smith. ‘We just want it to be diverse and exciting and hope a large number of community arts groups will apply’.

Press release from The Isle of Ely Arts Festival

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