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The Sharrow Lantern Carnival is an annual community arts event for families, run by the Sharrow Lantern Carnvial Association, a small group of volunteers. The main event attracts around 2000 people, hundreds of whom bring hand-made lanterns to parade through the streets in a celebration of creativity and togetherness.

Its costs about £2500 to run the Workshops and organise the Carnival.

If you'd like to donate, use this link to our bank account:

A Massive Thank You

We are very grateful for all the small donations from over 80 individuals this year. 

We are equally grateful for the larger donations from the following: 

  • Clodhoppers

  • Events Collective

  • Bluebell Energy

  • Sheffield City Council's South Local Area Committee grant

  • AESSEAL Charitable Trust Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire (awarded through South Yorkshire Community Foundation)

The event is supported by partnerships with several local organisations:

  • Sharrow Community Forum

  • Haggler's Corner

  • Sheffield General Cemetery

  • Cemetery Road Baptist Church

  • Regather

  • South Yorkshire Police

  • Sheffield City Council

The Organising Committee key members are:

  • James Starky, Chair

  • Sian Thomas, Secretary

  • David Gibb, Officer


Sharrow Lantern Carnival was set up in 2004 as a celebration of the first anniversary of the end of the Iraq war. The group who originally began the carnival wanted to bring peaceful protest to the streets of Sharrow. Today we still keep to these morals by celebrating the creative community in Sharrow. The carnival takes place annually in April and we have free lantern making workshops running from March every Saturday and Sunday. 

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