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UK Centre for Carnival Arts

As the UK’s first centre for carnival arts, the UKCCA aims to be an international centre of excellence, delivering artists’ residencies, groundbreaking education skills and creative industries programmes. The new purpose-built premises in Luton will contribute nationally to the strategic development of carnival arts, increase access to high-quality product and focus on artists’ development.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £545,940
  • 2013-2014: £558,497
  • 2014-2015: £573,018

Video feed

Digital Academy Showcase

UKCCA in partnership with JAMROCK MEDIA delivered an 8 week digital media course, learning the craft of Music Production & Business. This is the showcase of their efforts.

Rampage presentation at National Carnival Conference

Colin Spalding from Rampage CIC talks about his experiences with carnival and the places it has taken him. Video taken at the National Carnival Conference in Luton on Friday, 7th November 2014.

National Carnival Conference: Arts Council England presentation and questions

Extracts from Arts Council England's presentation at the National Carnival Conference. Filmed at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts on 7th November.

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A Tour of The Centre

A virtual tour of The Centre. The perfect venue for any occasion. 3 St Mary's Road, Luton, LU1 3JA 01582 437 100 /

The Carnival Journey

A short film about Luton International Carnival 2014. Created by Alex Berry.

Get ready for Luton International Carnival 14!

A short promotional video about Luton International Carnival 2014.

Brazilian Carnival Encontro 2013

Brazilian Carnival Encontro 6 - 8th September 2013. Buy your tickets online at

UK Centre for Carnival Arts: Launch and Beyond

Find out about the UK's first UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton. See the incredible work, preview the centre and listen to some of the work that the centre does to grow the little known and little grown artform of Carnival Arts and Carnival.

UKCCA Enterprise

People associated with the UK Centre of Carnival Arts talk about the UKCCA Enterprise, how it will help the community strive forwards and encourage individuals to progress!

What does Carnival Mean to Me?

A host of carnivalists give their answer to 'What does Carnival mean to me'

UKCCA Carnival Arts

Embracing the inclusive spirit of Carnival, the centre will become an expression of the living, breathing and evolving spirit of carnival arts. There will be a performance space, with seating for 250 people where artists and musicians can showcase their talent.

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Contact details

St Marys Road

51.878288, -0.40855

  • 51.878288 -0.40855

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