Cowley Road Works

Cowley Road Works (CRW)  is a registered charity (charity no. 1118902) and a company limited by guarantee (company no. 6181276). It commenced work in 2009 when East Oxford Action handed over the responsibility of producing Cowley Road Carnival.

The registered office address of Cowley Road Works is Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE.

Ugandan Embiare played at Carniva


The charity, took over the production of the annual Cowley Road Carnival in 2009. Due to its impressive and demonstrable social impact, the charity (CRW) endeavoured to provide a programme of year round access to cultural activity and engagement for the whole community; inspired by the rich diversity of the area and its inhabitants.

For eight years we have been providing cultural engagement events, social impact projects and much needed community cohesion work.

The Carnival is our biggest project and the region’s biggest and most celebrated public event.

Carnival is the cultural spring board for the additional year round programme of cultural outreach delivered by the organisation.

The work carried out by CRW is inclusive: it brings together all ages, and all ethnic, social and economic groups.

The large numbers attending the flagship Carnival event year on year (45,000 in 2014 and 2015, close to 50,000 in 2016 and over 50,000 in 2017), confirm a need within the community for such activity as well as its good reputation for high quality content, interactive opportunities and access for all philosophy.

We evaluate our work rigorously in order to be accountable and to improve. We believe our strengths lie in being a stable, productive charity, with low overheads and therefore flexible; we build lasting and valuable partnerships with other organisations operating within charity, third and private sectors, in order to work with a broad range of beneficiaries throughout the city.

Getting involved

We attract strong commitment from individuals (Trustees, partner orgs, freelance staff, volunteers, performers, artists, collaborators and others), delivering arts and cultural led projects throughout the year. These involve many schools, local organisations, workforces and community groups. The activities engender creativity social pride and improve general health and wellbeing.

As well as providing opportunities for training, mentoring and skills sharing; we inspire old and young to join in and be a part of a shared social experience -something that has a legacy and value to the community at large.

If you would like to know more about the charity or get involved with the organisation, please use our contact form or email director@cowleyroadworks.org

For all general enquiries please click here to contact us.

Students at Oxford Brookes University show their project work on the Cowley Road Carnival