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Cockerel-headed man to be revealed at Mardi Gras

Colourful costumes are currently being completed around the Island in preparation for this month’s Mardi Gras Biosphere Island parade in Ryde. An impressive cockerel-headed man is taking shape in workshops led by Mardi Gras organisers the New Carnival Company’s (NCC) lead artist and creative producer Gina Dyer. Five ladies from the Adult and Community Learning […]

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IW College performing arts students partner with Osborne House for Mardi Gras

Performing arts students from the IW College recently visited New Carnival Company’s (NCC) Studio in Ryde to develop costumes representing Queen Victoria’s children, for June’s Biosphere Island themed Mardi Gras parade. The group have partnered with English Heritage’s Osborne House, working closely with education visits officer, Laura Bosworth, to produce a performance celebrating 2019’s bicentennial […]

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BIOSPHERE ISLAND Parade Anthem launched

The New Carnival Company in association with the IoW Music Hub are proud to launch the official recording of the new Biosphere Island Mardi Gras Anthem. The song, recorded just over a week ago live at Oakfield Primary School, Ryde, features lyrics written by Jo Downs in response to this year’s theme – celebrating the Isle of Wight […]

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Nature, Art and Walking make a winning combination all along the Riverbank

More than 7000 people were encouraged to get outside and explore their local environment at New Carnival Company’s (NCC) All Along the Riverbank festival on May Day (Mon May 6). This free community arts and countryside event featured lots of May Day fun, and visitors could take part in pond dipping, mud kitchen, storytelling, mosaic […]

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Look Out – The Green Man’s About!

Spot the ‘Green Man of Alverstone’  peering down from the trees at the New Carnival Company’s (NCC) free family-friendly arts and countryside festival All Along the Riverbank, on Monday, May 6. This impressive piece aims to connect art with the natural environment, inspiring  passers-by to think about their surroundings, how they  change, and ultimately their own role […]

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