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Poorly bullThe New Carnival Company is desperately seeking some storage space for its giant processional bull.

Originally created as part of an artistic collaboration with leading Italian carnival artist Umberto Cinquini in 2010, the Bull (named Zeus, after his role in the commissioned show ‘Europa’) has been stored at the Learning Centre at Westridge in Ryde. However there are soon to be building works there, so the safe and dry place he has resided in for three years is no longer available.

Chris Slann, Executive Director of the New Carnival Company explained the urgency of the issue saying: “Our Midsummer Mardi Gras Parade on 29th June will be led by our giant bull inspired by the Boeuf Gras (fattened cow) of New Orleans Mardi Gras fame. We cannot afford for him to fall into further disrepair. We need somewhere dry where he can be stored and we can repair and repaint him before the summer. There must be someone on the Island who can offer Zeus a roof over his head? In return we would happily promote any supporting individual or organisation as part of the Procession”

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Frankie Goldspink, Creative and Cultural Director of the Company continued: “We are also looking to recruit a ‘Waifs and Strays’ Carnival Club to perform alongside the bull. Anyone who is not part of an existing carnival group, but would like to make spectacular costumes and perform in the Midsummer Mardi Gras should contact us as soon as possible as weekly sessions will start after Easter.”

If you are interested in being part of the Waifs and Strays or can help with a new home for the bull please contact The New Carnival Company on 717868 or [email protected]

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