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

Short Course: Carnival Costume Making for absolute beginners
3 sessions, Thursdays 2, 9, & 16 March
6pm to 9pm
Carsbrooke and Gunville Methodist Church Hall, nr Newport.
Course fee £20
An entry level introduction to costume production. Covers design basics, simple techniques for making body costumes, hands-on practical learning. Aimed at adult volunteers and leaders wishing to take part with their groups in Mardi Gras or other carnival events.

Course: Intermediate Carnival Costume Making
8 sessions, Thursdays 23 March to 25 May
6pm to 9pm
The Coaching House, Ryde
Course fee: £60
Working with foam, wire, cane, aluminium and fiberglass to create medium size backpack costumes and Individual pieces for Mardi Gras and other carnivals. For adults with some prior experience of carnival making, ideal as a progression from our entry level course.

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Latest News

16.11.2016 - Mardi Gras 2017: India Theme Launch
Saturday 1 July: Reflections of India. For our 2017 Mardi Gras theme, we shall be celebrating 70 years since the... read more

16.11.2016 - All the World’s in the Woods
More than 400 people attended the Newchurch Lantern Trail through Martin’s Woods last Thursday and Friday. Themed on Shakespeare’s play As... read more

19.10.2016 - Shakespeare inspired Lantern Trail through Martin’s Wood, Newchurch
The Second Newchurch Lantern Trail around Martins Wood on Isle of Wight is being held for two nights this year as it... read more

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