‘The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival because when you are unhappy,  you also throw unhappiness all around.’


Most importantly though, to create an event that becomes an essential organ of a functioning community - an event made with and by its people, rather than for them - it cannot be a one-off.  Whilst a single event to mark a prominent anniversary might tick some boxes on paper, and result in an entertaining experience for some, it lacks the bonds of common ownership that develop amongst the  population in areas with their own repeated celebratory tradition.

The theme of the festive event (Moors and Christians, or Bollywood cinema) is less important than its form and genesis.  And, in this era of fearfulness and social reservation, the value of cohesion brought about by carnival-type events cannot be over-estimated.