New Carnival Company’s annual Mardi Gras parade has been cancelled for 2020, it has been announced.
The event, which heavily involves local schools, will now take place on Saturday 26th June 2021 – effectively missing a year between the last and next parade.
Schools and organisations that are already working towards this theme will retain their sections and carry forward costume designs for next year. NCC will re-launch the Story of Carnival in Autumn 2020 for existing and new groups and will continue to offer full artistic support and guidance towards that, as is the norm.
To keep spirits up and the creativity buzzing throughout this testing time, the New Carnival Company is working with other partners to plan for a one-off ‘pop-up style’ celebratory parade for Saturday 27th June 2020 (or as soon thereafter, as restrictions on large scale gatherings are lifted). This will have an eco-carnival theme.
This parade will offer all our regular participants, and of course many new ones, the opportunity to create costumes at home or at school, using cardboard and other recycled and re-purposed materials. This project will be supported by online workshops and tutorials in the much loved ‘Blue Peter’ style, developed by artists and using easy transferable techniques for costume making, junk music and simple dance routines.
‘All Along the Riverbank’, scheduled to take place on Saturday 2nd May, has been cancelled too. In its place, the NCC is planning to produce a similar outdoor countryside festival linked to the Biosphere for early October.
Chris Slann of NCC says:
“The Covid 19 Virus is a worrying time for us all and will likely have a significant effect on the people and communities we work with. We want to reassure everyone that whatever the challenges and changes for our regular programme, our primary concern is for everyone’s health and wellbeing. That includes making sure that everyone is aware of our plans for the next few months and can look forward to sharing great creative activities, whether on the streets and in our open spaces or in schools and community venues, once the immediate emergency has passed”.
From Monday 23rd March, The NCC will be suspending their existing participatory workshop programme, which includes Adult Community Learning classes, schools outreach and artist training sessions. Core staff will be working from home, so usual services from the Coaching House, for instance buying materials for projects, will also be affected.
For more information visit www.thenewcarnivalcompany.com.