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IW Mardi Gras 2018: A global celebration!

The New Carnival Company is set to launch the narrative for the annual Isle of Wight Mardi Gras at a celebration event at Ryde Academy Studio Theatre on Thursday 16th November at 17:30.

The IW Mardi Gras always adopts a relevant and educational theme allowing school and community groups to undertake a programme of research and learning prior to designing, producing and performing spectacular carnival costumes. Themes in recent years have included ‘Shakespeare 400’ commemorating  the anniversary of the passing of the Bard and ‘Reflections of India’ celebrating the links between the Island, Queen Victoria and India on the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence.

In 2018 the theme will be ‘Global Biospheres’ and will be produced to support the IW Area of Outstanding Beauty’s application to have the Island recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Richard Grogan, AONB Lead Officer explained “The aim of Biospheres is to showcase on a global stage an area where communities are finding ways to bring together the conservation of the stunning places in which they live with the continuing sustainable use of those areas. If we are successful in our campaign to have the Isle of Wight recognised, the reward is international recognition through the formal UNESCO Biosphere designation which puts us up there with Mount Olympus in Greece, Mata Atlantica Rain Forest in Brazil and Yellowstone National Park, USA.  We want to tell the Island about this and working with the New carnival Company on their 2018 Mardi Gras theme seemed an ideal opportunity”

In 2018 the Mardi Gras will be exploring in detail some of the 635 reserves across the globe of which there are only two in England. Then in the following year we will be looking at the Isle of Wight itself for our creative inspiration.

Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director for the NCC added “We are delighted to be working with the AONB on the prestigious project. Groups taking part will be supported to understand what the fantastic opportunities being recognised as a UNESCO Global Biosphere mean and then to work with us in a creative programme to make and showcase spectacular costumes”

Representatives from the AONB and the IW Music Hub, who are supporting Mardi Gras 2018, will also be presenting at the launch event to explain other opportunities to get involved this exciting project.

Any school, youth or community group wanting to take part in the event in 2018 is encouraged to attend the launch meeting or register an interest with the NCC on 01983 716095 or frankie@thenewcarnivalcompany.com.

The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras: ‘Global Biospheres’ will take place on Saturday 30th June, 3pm on the streets of Ryde.  The project is already attracting international attention.

Notes to Editor

  1. The New Carnival Company CIC (The NCC) is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England. The NCC is proud to be part of Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) National portfolio, a kite mark for Quality and Innovation in the arts.
  2. The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras was formerly known as the Arts Parade and began in 2003 with the aim of encouraging and supporting more schools and youth organisations to get involved in the creative side of carnival. Today it is the leading young people’s carnival in the south of England.
  3. Mardi Gras translates as Fat Tuesday from the French and celebrates the last day of feasting and merriment before the traditional Christian period of Lent. The word Carnival is Latin for Farewell to Meat, also referring to festivities held at that time. Many of the famous carnivals in the world including Rio Carnival, Trinidad Carnival, Venice Carnival and New Orleans Mardi Gras take place in February on Pancake Day.

Press contact: chris@thenewcarnivalcompany.com

 

Walk don’t run. And then, run don’t walk. (Isle of Wight to host a Walking Festival and a Festival of Running in 2017)

The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns from April 29 to May 14 as IsleWalk17, with local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities invited to set-off across the Island on a wide choice of themed walks, which can be found on the Visit Isle of Wight website.

It remains one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, and allows participants to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jimi Hendrix; on the trail of everything from dinosaurs to the prefect dawn chorus; and heading everywhere from Queen Victoria’s Osborne House to a non-stop walk around the entire 72-miles coastal path in 24 hours.

The full programme of walks, can be found at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/festivals/walking-festival.  They feature some old favourites, as well as some new walks.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB.  And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.

Walkers participating in IsleWalk17 will get up close and personal with the best of the Island’s stunning scenery.  The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, and in just one day of walking it’s possible to see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns.

Walks featured in the packed programme for 2017 include both guided walks and self-guided trails.  Most of the walks are free, although some walk leaders request a donation for their chosen charity.

Another major innovation for the Island is the creation of an Isle of Wight Festival of Running in 2017, which is scheduled to take place from June 2 to 4.

Further details are already available at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/festivals/festival-of-running, and events range from a Junior Fun Run to the Needles XC Marathon, and from 5k and 10k runs through to the first ever Spyvelo Long Weekend half Iron Man distance triathlon style event.

Prices to participate will range from £5 to £60.

This new outdoor event is aimed at giving fitness fanatics and first time runners the chance to see the best of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful scenery and to get fit at the same time.  With runs tailored for those just starting out, to something a bit more challenging for the all-weather pros, the event has been set up in tandem with Visit Isle of Wight as something the whole family can get involved in.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

 Notes to Editors

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MORE ANCIENT WOODLANDS CONFIRMED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

New research has shown the Isle of Wight has a lot more areas of ancient woodland than previously thought.

Ancient woodland is defined as dating to 1600AD or before and is an irreplaceable resource. A recent survey – the first to be carried out since 1987 – has discovered 110 new ancient woodlands on the Island.

The research, carried out on behalf of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, used detailed maps, surveys and estate records that were not all available in 1987.

Types of plants and animals in the woodlands were also closely analysed. This is because a key indicator if woodland is ancient is the type of plants and animals that live there as these are established over many centuries and are not simply replaced should new trees be planted.

Matthew Chatfield, Isle of Wight Council parks and countryside manager and chairman of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, was involved in the survey. He said: “The survey was carried out over the last year and has revealed nearly 250 extra hectares (over 600 acres) of ancient woodland.

“Much of this was because of the new resources and techniques available.”

Councillor Luisa Hillard, Executive member for sustainability, added: “Knowing the locations of ancient woodlands across the Island is very important. They add to the Island’s unique character and area of outstanding natural beauty.

“One of the main reasons people visit the Isle of Wight is to see the countryside and it is important these areas are protected for their social and economic benefits. “Also, Natural England considers that ancient woodlands should be protected and this is key to any future policy or planning decisions.”

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