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IW Mardi Gras uncovers live Heritage link

The celebrated Indian Architect Bhai Ram Singh’s great granddaughter was the guest of the New Carnival Company this week as she visited the Island to support the 2017 Mardi Gras ‘Reflections of India’ education project.  The education project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, is investigating the Isle of Wight’s connections to India, through Queen Victoria […]

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Wanted: 1000 voices!

The New Carnival Company, in partnership with the IW Music Hub and Indian cultural organisation T-HOP, are looking for school and youth vocal groups to join together to create a 1000 voice strong choral presentation on Mardi Gras day, Saturday 1st July 2017. T-HOP have been working with pupils at Ryde Academy and Christ the […]

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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 in Rio, New Orleans and Trinidad may be world famous, but the biggest floats of all are created in Italy at the spectacular Carnevale di Viareggio. The New Carnival Company organised a visit for a […]

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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 learning programmes underpinning their 2017 Isle of Wight Mardi Gras parade. The project is called ‘Colour and Chaos – our Indian Heritage’. The project was officially launched on Saturday 4th February at a special event […]

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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 Independence of India. The Official theme was unveiled at a special reception and launch event held at Ryde Academy Theatre last Tuesday. 65 teachers and community group leaders from all over the Island attended, alongside special guests who […]

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