Enriching lives, connecting communities

★   2019 Mardi Gras film. Click here to watch!   ★

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
was due Saturday 2 May/ cancelled
11am - 4pm
The Yar Riverside Walk, Sandown - Alverstone - Langbridge (cycle way)
An outdoor arts and countryside festival for May Day. 2 linear miles of the River Yar animated with arts installations, soundscapes, traditional countryside crafts to try your hand, lots to see and do and learn, May Day entertainments, folk dancing and more.
Walk it, cycle it or ride it. Great Family Day out!

Isle of Wight Mardi Gras. The Story of Carnival!
was due Saturday 27 June / cancelled
Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Our flagship carnival in education project a spectacular parade of over 1000 children and adults, with live music, choreography and colourful hand made costumes.

This years event will depict the Story of Carnival, from its early beginnings in Ancient Egypt to a Vision for the Future. Travels the world and back again. Contains a unique section of costumes inspired by IW carnival traditions, funded through the National Lottery Heritage fund.

More Events

Latest News

18.03.2020 - Mardi Gras 2020 cancelled
New Carnival Company’s annual Mardi Gras parade has been cancelled for 2020, it has been announced. The event, which heavily... read more

13.12.2019 - Mardi Gras 2020 – The Story of Carnival
New Carnival Company (NCC) launched next year’s inspiring Mardi Gras theme, ‘The Story of Carnival’, at Ryde Academy Theatre on... read more

13.12.2019 - Illuminating Dark Nights
New Carnival Company lit up the dark November night last Saturday (November 16) with a spectacular presentation of Dark Nights... read more

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