After 10 successful years of Oldham Carnival RootZ Festival, the management team have decided to take a year out in 2017 in order to review the event and find new ways to sustain its financing from 2018 onwards.

Funding for this year's festival (2017) failed to match our expectations and so it seemed a good opportunity for the management group to spend the year investigating more sustainable methods of financing the event from 2018 onwards.

I must point out that the work of all the volunteers (including management) over the last ten events has been outstanding. The original purpose of the festival was to bring people from diverse communities together and in that respect it has been to the credit of all involved that we succeeded in this task. It was a great advert for the town of Oldham.

We'll be back in 2018 with an improved Oldham Carnival RootZ Festival and we all look forward to working with our service providers, community groups, volunteers and local businesses once again. Thank you for all your support.

Paul Davies, Event Director
Oldham Carnival Management Group