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15-month NCC arts development programme for Ventnor Carnival announced!

Arts Council England has approved a grant to Ventnor Town Council for over £13,000. The project, developed with the New Carnival Company and Ventnor Carnival Association is for a 15- month programme of workshops, masterclasses and leader training – in the production of a theatrical carnival presentation based on the mythology of the Isle of […]

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It’s Mardi Gras Time!

On Saturday 1st July, Ryde will be jam-packed with colour, sound and infectious energy as the annual Isle of Wight Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets. Reflections of India – the theme for this year’s parade – celebrates 70 years of India’s Independence from British Rule, in line with National celebrations – UK-India, Year […]

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May Day! May Day! All Along the Riverbank!

The New Carnival Company is working closely with other heritage and environmental organisations within the East Wight Landscape Partnership ‘Down to the Coast’ project to offer an exciting outdoors family-friendly festival called All Along the Riverbank on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st, from 11.am to 4.pm. The riverbank in question is the two-mile stretch of […]

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We are Unlimited!

The New Carnival Company’s disability carnival club VIVA CARNIVAL has received a prestigious International award from Unlimited to develop its work with disabled Island carnival practitioners and to build on existing links with its partner organisation Embaixadores da Alegria, Rio de Janeiro’s only disability-led samba school. The project called simply Alegria (which means ‘Joy’ in […]

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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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