Carnival Stars! (3)The New Carnival Company hosted a sparkling Awards Ceremony at its base at the Coaching House, Ryde, on Monday night to recognise the achievement of 14 Islanders who have successfully attained nationally recognised qualifications on the company’s accredited carnival learning programmes.

The New Carnival Company has pioneered formalised learning within Carnival Arts and is able to offer qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3.

At the ceremony on Monday, adult learners who had successfully achieved their NCFE Level 1 Award in Carnival Masquerade were presented with their certificates from Charles Charalambous, Commissioning Manager for Isle of Wight Council’s Learning and Development Service.

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The NCC’s Participation and Learning Manager, Frankie Goldspink said:

“We are delighted that year on year more people are taking the art form of carnival seriously and gaining formal recognition for the hard work they put into carnivals across the Island”

Also receiving awards were young people from Sandown Youth Centre who have been working with The New Carnival Company to gain their Bronze Arts Award, awarded by Trinity College London.

Chris Slann, Executive Director of The NCC explained:

“The young people worked with us for over 40 hours studying outdoor arts, with particular reference to winter or night time carnival parades. They had to learn a new arts skill, act as workshop assistants in delivering a related arts activity and then go to see and review a night time event. This is the first time The New Carnival Company has delivered Arts Award and we are delighted at the response.”

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Linda Gorman, IWC Senior Youth Leader based at Sandown who worked with The NCC to deliver the Award presented the certificates to the young people. Linda added:

“Two of my volunteer youth leaders undertook the Arts Award and I am delighted to see how it has impacted on their ongoing work within Sandown Youth Centre”

Anyone interested in undertaking a qualification in carnival arts should contact The New Carnival Company. New courses have just been announced starting in January.

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