The New Carnival Company is a Community Interest Company (CIC), limited by guarantee, a not-for-profit organisation created for ‘the promotion of activity for community benefit and not purely for private advantage’.  

We formed in 2011 to promote and diversify the nationally acclaimed carnival arts engagement and learning programmes emanating from the Isle of Wight.

From journalistic records we can trace the development of our carnival from 1847, making Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival the oldest event of its kind in the United Kingdom, and, it seems it was the Victorians who were instrumental in establishing the format of the carnival for future generations to enjoy.

In 2004 a small group of volunteers took up the challenge of re-introducing carnival to the streets of Northampton bringing a multicultural flavour to the new event.

The Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium was formed and on Saturday 11th June 2005 they produced the first revived Northampton Carnival.

The Lord Mayor’s Procession is the largest participatory event in Norwich with around 2,000 people taking part and drawing an audience of 30,000. The event showcases the best of the city’s music, dance, performance, and carnival spirit. 


18 Hours delivers events and educational experiences driven by a passion for fostering global understanding. The organisation works with local schools to put on annual children's parades as part of St Leonards Festival and Hastings Storytelling Festival.


Alexander D Great is a professional musician/songwriter and experienced Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Calypsonian-in-residence to the BBC since February 2000. Special interest in Music of Black origin.


Mahogany is a group of multi-disciplinary artists who design and create large scale kinetic sculptures/carnival costumes utilising the human body in the art form of “Mas Making”, Masquerade or Street Theatre.

Emccan is a partnership of four Caribbean Carnivals in East Midlands. Northampton, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham work in partnership to share good practice in artistic and operational management. EMCCAN - East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network is a strategic development organisation for Caribbean Carnival Arts, funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio organisation (NPO). 

Since its beginnings back in 1968, St Pauls has grown in size and reputation to become one of Bristol’s biggest attractions. Crossing generations through a celebration of Afro Caribbean culture, it is an event where every float, every stage, every performer and every person tells a story - and that story is how music and dance and community can bring people together.

Global Grooves are a Carnival arts NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) based in Tameside, Manchester. We create the environment for Carnival arts, people and communities to thrive, drawing on worldwide cultural art forms to deliver jaw-dropping, inspirational Carnival experiences through music, dance, and visual arts. Our new Northern Centre of Excellence for Carnival will open in autumn of 2021.






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