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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 Thursday November 21. Many representatives from participating local schools and community groups attended the launch, where the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Michael Lilley, talked about the benefits Mardi Gras brings to the local community. NCC […]

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Illuminating Dark Nights

New Carnival Company lit up the dark November night last Saturday (November 16) with a spectacular presentation of Dark Nights at the Villa. More than 500 people came along to this free community event, which began with a magical illuminated parade from Brading Primary School to Brading Roman Villa and was followed by a fairy […]

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New Carnival Company run workshops in Bulgaria

The New Carnival Company’s (NCC) carnival arts development worker Hannah Ray recently travelled to Plovdiv, Bulgaria to run a lantern-making workshop with local schoolchildren. This was for an event called Horov SKLAD, held in the historic SKLAD building, once a tobacco warehouse but recently transformed into an arts centre. Hannah was tasked with decorating three […]

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New Carnival Company secures National Lottery support for IW carnival heritage project

Recently, New Carnival Company (NCC) based in Ryde, Isle of Wight received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £54,000 for an exciting new project. ‘A Rather Bewildering Spectacle’ will focus on the Island’s rich carnival heritage, which has never been well documented or curated, and spans from 1887 to the present day. The unusual […]

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Opening the Road to Carnival

The New Carnival Company (NCC) are delighted to announce an exciting new national project, supported by Arts Council England (ACE) through their National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. The Open Road project will look at the challenges of inclusive carnival arts practice, focussing on seen and unseen disabilities through the experiences of disabled carnival performers […]

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