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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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Celebrating IW UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status at Mardi Gras

The New Carnival Company’s (NCC) colourful Mardi Gras on Saturday (29 June) brought a carnival atmosphere to the streets of Ryde, while showcasing everything that is special about our beautiful Island. More than 1000 participants from 35 local schools and community groups were joined by spectators who lined the route in celebration of the Biosphere […]

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Join the Biosphere Island Mardi Gras celebration

On Saturday June 29 from 3pm, more than 1000 participants will take to the streets of Ryde for New Carnival Company’s (NCC) spectacular IW Mardi Gras. The local Biosphere Island theme celebrates the Isle of Wight’s new status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The news received last week from UNESCO HQ in Paris, was the culmination of […]

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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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