Annual Events

New Carnival puts on two main events annually.

In addition to our annual projects, New Carnival works closely with local and national partners to continually develop and produce a wide range of exciting and innovative events in response to the world in which we live. Usually with an educational theme, they are carefully designed to create experiences that people will remember, using evocative thematic to provoke thought, creativity and to entertain.

‘Isle of Wight Mardi Gras’, in the summer, in Ryde, is our showcase event and a best practise model of a carnival parade. Involving around 30 local schools and community groups; it has a topical thematic with strong educational aspects.

Our winter event, ‘Merry and Bright’ in Ryde town, is illuminated, involving lanterns, pop up performances and art installations. We are supported by Ryde Town Council along with many other local affiliated arts and heritage organisations.