Enriching lives, connecting communities

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The New Carnival Company is a pioneering arts development organisation based on the Isle of Wight specialising in carnival and outdoor public celebrations. 

We are a team of highly experienced carnival artists and producers, teachers and trainers, project managers and outdoor event specialists who believe that carnival and other forms of celebratory arts can make a real difference to people and places.

We are based at The Coaching House in Ryde, a creative workspace and administrative suite with facilities for production, teaching and small scale conferencing. We deliver an extensive community outreach and carnival arts training programme across the island, the South of England, nationally and internationally.

The New Carnival Company is a leader in the field of Carnival and Disability and in driving forward Accredited Learning opportunities supporting young people to enter the creative workforce

We are proud to be part of Arts Council England’s National portfolio and share their vision of Achieving great art for everyone.

Upcoming Events

All Along the River Bank
May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May
11am to 4pm
Sandown to Horringford, along the Squirrel Trail former Sustrans route 23
A new and very exciting environmental action day all along the 3 mile Yar river section between Sandown to Horringford old railway line. Lots of family activities, guided walks, entertainment, installations, history, railway stories, outdoor arts and landscape. So much to learn and do!
Starts with a 'Grand Pedal Out' from Sandown end at 11am sharp! Get your environmental passport stamped at sites all along the route.

Kathakali meets Carnival: The Exhibition
opens Saturday 13 May at 1pm
Southampton Art Gallery
Final Show of NCC collaboration with Kala Chetana Kathakali Co, charting and celebrating the heritage and journeys of two remarkable art forms to contemporary Britain
Also on show Isle of Wight at Dimbola Lodge Freshwater from 21 July.

More Events

Latest News

02.03.2017 - Wanted: 1000 voices!
The New Carnival Company, in partnership with the IW Music Hub and Indian cultural organisation T-HOP, are looking for school... read more

01.03.2017 - UK Carnival Leaders join Trump at Italy’s Largest Carnival
February may be pancake season in the UK, but in many places in the world it’s Carnival time!  The pre-Lenten celebrations... read more

08.02.2017 - Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Success for 2017 Mardi Gras!
The New Carnival Company has been awarded a grant of £28,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the research and... read more

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