Party time for carnival company

By David Newble

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

 

Party time for carnival company

Ryde Mardi Gras 2013, organised by the Isle of Wight's New Carnival Company. Picture courtesy of Julian Winslow.

MEMBERS of the Isle of Wight’s New Carnival Company are celebrating after they won nearly £230,000 of funding over the next three years from Arts Council England.

The new grant, which runs between 2015 to 2018, will contribute to the pioneering company’s core costs and its annual programme of arts development and participation work in specialised and hard to reach communities across the south of England.

The grant will also go towards supporting the company’s two flagship outdoor events, the recent Mardi Gras in Ryde and a new illuminated event currently in development called Dark Nights at Shanklin which the company aims to stage every last Saturday in October.

Frankie Goldspink, the company’s participation and learning manager, said they were very excited and relieved to have obtained the grant.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Chris Slann

3rd July 2014, at 08:31:49

For the record, we spent two long weeks working on this application and the grant is to support our Carnival Arts Development work across the Island and beyond. Chris, The NCC

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by lulu arnold

2nd July 2014, at 17:21:59

well you might be right , I felt they were a bit of a shower .

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by Mike Crowe

2nd July 2014, at 16:27:06

Thanks Lulu. I expect that if the truth's known, they didn't even apply for any!!!

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by lulu arnold

2nd July 2014, at 15:58:11

Hello Mike I don't know the answer to that, I went to a few meetings about Ventnor and everytime they (the committee ) said they never have any Grants or funding , it all goes to Ryde and we have to fund raise , but happy for Ryde , I expect one day it will just be one big Carnival for the Island not a bad idea really make it a 3 day event .

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by Mike Crowe

2nd July 2014, at 15:04:17

What was said Lulu when Ventnor were turned down for a grant payout? What was the reason for being turned down?

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by lulu arnold

2nd July 2014, at 13:21:52

Good luck to Ryde , how about Ventnor who don't get 1p we have to raise our own funds every time .

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