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 3000 people, hundreds of whom bring hand-made lanterns to parade through the streets in a celebration of creativity and togetherness.

We rely on donations to put on the lantern making workshops and the Carnival itself.

The event is supported by several local organisations:

Sharrow Community Forum

Sheffield General Cemetery

Cemetery Road Baptist Church


South Yorkshire Police

Sheffield City Council

The Organising Committee key members are:

James Starky, Chair

Emma Rhodes, Tresurer

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. For photos click here.

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