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Awards Night for Carnival Stars

The New Carnival Company hosted a sparkling Awards Ceremony at its base at the Coaching House, Ryde, last night (Monday) to recognise the achievement of 14 Islanders who have successfully attained nationally recognised qualifications on the company’s accredited carnival learning programmes. 

The New Carnival Company has pioneered formalised learning within Carnival Arts and is able to offer qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3. Last night, adult learners who had successfully achieved their NCFE Level 1 Award in Carnival Masquerade were presented with their certificates from Charles Charalambous, Commissioning Manager for Isle of Wight Council’s Learning and Development Service.

The NCC’s Participation and Learning Manager, Frankie Goldspink said “we are delighted that year on year more people are taking the art form of carnival seriously and gaining formal recognition for the hard work they put into carnivals across the Island”

Also receiving awards last night were young people from Sandown Youth Centre who have been working with The New Carnival Company to gain their Bronze Arts Award, awarded by Trinity College London.

Chris Slann, Executive Director of The NCC explained “the young people worked with us for over 40 hours studying outdoor arts, with particular reference to winter or night time carnival parades. They had to learn a new arts skill, act as workshop assistants in delivering a related arts activity and then go to see and review a night time event. This is the first time The New Carnival Company has delivered Arts Award and we are delighted at the response”.

Linda Gorman, IWC Senior Youth Leader based at Sandown who worked with The NCC to deliver the Award presented the certificates to the young people. Linda added “two of my volunteer youth leaders undertook the Arts Award and I am delighted to see how it has impacted on their ongoing work within Sandown Youth Centre”

Anyone interested in undertaking a qualification in carnival arts should contact The New Carnival Company. New courses have just been announced starting in January.

Pictured above at the Coaching House last night are: (clockwise from left) Linda Gorman, Callum Lilley, Sam Lapham, Charles Charalambus, Anna-Marie Wilson, Lisa Williams, Frankie Goldspink, Charlotte Palmer and Heather Greenslade.

For more info: Contact Chris Slann, Executive Director, The New Carnival Company CIC on 01983 716095 . Email chris@thenewcarnivalcompany.com

Notes to Editor

  1. The New Carnival Company CIC (The NCC) is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England
  2. The NCC is proud to be part of Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) National portfolio, a kite mark for Quality and Innovation in the arts. The NCC is the only ACE National portfolio organisation located on the Isle of Wight.
  3. NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with ten regional Bridge organisations. Between November 2005 and June 2013, Arts Award involved over 21, 336 professionals working with young people, resulting in over 87, 689 awards.   The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

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