The New Carnival Company produces an annual outdoor winter spectacle with processions, performance and lots of participation. It celebrates the passing of the seasons, the Equinox, the coming of winter and of ‘dark nights’.
Initially piloted in Totland, West Wight 2013, Shanklin 2014 and for the last two years at Newchurch, Isle of Wight, the Dark Nights project is growing in popularity and recommendation, and in 2016 ran for two consecutive nights for growing audiences.
Digital soundscapes, installations and animations occur along a thematic processional route, with finale theatrics and, new for 2017, pyrotechnics.
The Dark Nights events showcase a variety of work produced locally, by young people and families, by community groups and adult volunteers and by professional artists. It is a spellbinding experience.