Oxford Brookes sponsors Cowley Road Carnival 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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Oxford Brookes University has been announced as the lead sponsor for Cowley Road Carnival 2015 by Cowley Road Works.

Oxford Brookes University has been a committed supporter and sponsor of Cowley Road Works (the charity behind the organisation of the Cowley Road Carnival) for many years.

This year, coinciding with the celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary, Oxford Brookes has agreed to become lead sponsor for Cowley Road Carnival 2015. 
The theme for the Carnival, which will take place on 5 July, will be ‘Creating Our Future’ to reflect Oxford Brookes University’s dedication to equipping students not only for their own future careers, but also for their wider contribution to society. 

Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “Oxford Brookes is extremely proud to be so involved with this year's Cowley Road Carnival which has firmly established itself as an important cultural event for the city.  

The theme ‘Creating our Future’ is a fitting tribute to Brookes’ outstanding contribution to educating future generations.

Danielle Battigelli, Executive Director of Cowley Road Works

“The East Oxford community is so important to Oxford Brookes. This year's Cowley Road Carnival will be a great opportunity to celebrate what our vibrant community has to offer and all of the good things which happen at Oxford Brookes. With 2015 being our 150th year, we are planning an extra special celebration and I look forward to working closely with our local community as part of this fantastic event.”

Danielle Battigelli, Executive Director of Cowley Road Works, said: “The bond between Carnival and Oxford Brookes is strong and long-standing, and we have benefitted from the support of staff and students through work experience and volunteering, as well as through sponsorship and fundraising. 

“Last year, Oxford Brookes kindly provided a venue for the Aroma Carnival Cup International Football Tournament, a pre Carnival fundraising and outreach event which we plan to hold again this year. Brookes is hosting our teachers’ training session in preparation for schools’ participation in the Carnival procession on 24 February. We have Brookes’ planning students working with our team, and an accountancy student will help with our book-keeping.  We also look forward to Brookes being part of the Carnival event on 5 July.

“We are very grateful to Brookes’ for the increased level of support this year, and look forward to working closely with the University in developing a programme of activities for Carnival 2015. The theme ‘Creating our Future’ is a fitting tribute to Brookes’ outstanding contribution to educating future generations.”  

Cowley Road Carnival is Oxfordshire's biggest community event and the culmination of year-round activities. Cowley Road Works has just won the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteering Award (OCVA) for Bybox Best Community Project. 
To find out more and ways in which you can get involved see www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk 

In 2015 Oxford Brookes is celebrating the University’s history, achievements and future as it approaches its 150th anniversary. Brookes’ connections and Oxford roots - starting out as the Oxford School of Art in 1865 - are fundamental to students’ experiences and successful future.