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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Darnall Carnival Has Returned!

'Darnall Carnival has returned,' says Nazia Fazil, who works for Darnall Forum in Sheffield. She has been funded by British Land, the joint owners of Meadowhall and one of the main catalysts of the redevelopment of the Lower Don Valley, to help the Friends of High Hazels Park bring Darnall Carnival back to High Hazels Park, after an interval of 15 months. It will be happening on Saturday 21September from 12 till 5.

'We organised a similar event in 2012,' says Nazia, 'But it was more about information and advice, and showery weather put a damper on some of the more fun things that we tried to do.' This year the Friends of High Hazels Park have stepped in to ensure that a traditional carnival will be held once more, thanks to generous grants from Awards For All, Sheffield Town Trust, J G Graves Charitable Trust and the Darnall Area Trust Fund. 

'The Friends of High Hazels Park have done all the fundraising,' says Nazia, 'And we have provided administrative support to bring in all the entertainment and activities. It is taking place a bit later this year because both organisations were just too busy to do anything about it until the start of the summer.'

'There are going to be some information stalls, but the 2013 Carnival will really be a chance to have fun,' she says, 'Because The Friends of High Hazels Park are dedicated to getting local people to come and enjoy their local park. It's a wonderful place to go for fresh air and to do all the things that you can't do cooped up in a tiny house.'

Entertainment this year will include popular Bhangra acts Nafees, Sama Blake, Deen Janjua, AK 1 and Sajaad. There will also be a fairground, children's rides, circus workshops, food and craft stalls.

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