The Open Road Carnival
The carnival that's making a difference...
Our Vision: Affect positive change for the future.
A happy, enriched, bold, creative community.
Our Mission: Engage communities through celebratory
Creating exciting, vibrant art projects which are inspired by the natural environment, heritage and the world we live in. Cultivating a sense of pride, place and belonging.
We are based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, an island with a quirky carnival tradition dating back to 1887. New Carnival is a small not for profit company with global ambition and reach.
We deliver vibrant, exciting, and inventive carnival-based art projects inspired by the natural environment, heritage, and the world we live in. We showcase creative expression, cultivating a sense of pride, place and belonging.
New Carnival was formed in 2011 with the aim of providing excellence in learning and raising the aspirations of adults and children through carnival and celebratory arts. This continues to this day; our vision is to spark creative possibility, enrich communities and
We aim to make a positive statement through innovative, dynamic, and sustainable carnival arts events.
We work closely within our local community providing opportunities to learn creative skills, build confidence, foster wellbeing, and to present work publicly.
We work with our community, likeminded arts organisations and freelancers, the national and international carnival sector, promoting the artform, championing the artists and collectively addressing environmental responsibility.
We are proud to be part of Arts Council England’s National portfolio.
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 [...]