New Carnival is a pioneering arts organisation on the Isle of Wight

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New Carnival

Our Vision: Affect positive change for the future.

A happy, enriched, bold, creative community.
People together.

Our Mission: Engage communities through celebratory
outdoor arts.

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.

About Us

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
enhance lives.

We aim to make a positive statement through innovative, dynamic, and sustainable carnival arts events.

What We Do and Why?

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.

News IW Dark Skies Exhibition Celebration

On Friday 19th April we had a lovely afternoon at Independent Arts celebrating the 22 fantastic artworks that are in our IW Dark Skies exhibition, and announcing the winners of [...]

25 Apr 2024 Full article

News, Press Releases It’s Mardi Gras Time!

On Saturday 1st July, Ryde will be jam-packed with colour, sound and infectious energy as the annual Isle of Wight Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets. Reflections of India [...]

23 Jun 2017 Full article

News, Press Releases Launch of IW Mardi Gras 2019

The New Carnival Company (NCC) launched 2019’s Mardi Gras theme, Biosphere Island, and date, June 29, to a packed theatre at Quay Arts last night (30 Oct). Once again supporting [...]

7 Nov 2018 Full article