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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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IW College performing arts students partner with Osborne House for Mardi Gras

Performing arts students from the IW College recently visited New Carnival Company’s (NCC) Studio in Ryde to develop costumes representing Queen Victoria’s children, for June’s Biosphere Island themed Mardi Gras parade. The group have partnered with English Heritage’s Osborne House, working closely with education visits officer, Laura Bosworth, to produce a performance celebrating 2019’s bicentennial […]

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BIOSPHERE ISLAND Parade Anthem launched

The New Carnival Company in association with the IoW Music Hub are proud to launch the official recording of the new Biosphere Island Mardi Gras Anthem. The song, recorded just over a week ago live at Oakfield Primary School, Ryde, features lyrics written by Jo Downs in response to this year’s theme – celebrating the Isle of Wight […]

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