The Land of Carnival Karnaba – Carnival – Carnaval
Our carnival entry welcomed a group of wonderful candidates from Asian Global UK.
They won a First and Second Prize at the Ryde Illuminated Carnival 2023.
The First Prize was the Jacob Challenge Cup for Best Floral Costume Entry for 2023 and the Second Prize was for the Ryde Carnival Spirit of the Carnival Award 2023 which came with a £50 prize.
Mark Cox who is the Green Time Project Lead said “Green Time – The Land of Carnival – Karnabal – Carnival – Karnaval, blends creativity, dance, the natural outdoors and friendship to enhance positive emotional wellbeing and mental health. This year was the first time 60 people from around the UK came together to create the carnival entry.”
As well as from Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight candidates were from
It was exciting to have Sinulog in this year’s carnival entry. They are a Filipino dance team consisting of dancers from around the UK. These amazing dancers performed beautiful, inspirational and fun dance moves from traditional Filipino to modern dances, dressed in stunning colourful cultural costumes.
It was a pleasure to have the Dinagyang Filipino Dance Tribe. These breath-taking tribal dancers are also made up of individuals from around the UK. They performed a spectacular, colourful and exciting-to-watch tribal dance as one of the best tribal teams from the Philippines in the carnival.
Ryde Carnival is the oldest carnival in the UK, dating back to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The very last Islands carnival of the summer, Ryde Carnival's Illuminated Procession is a fabulous spectacle of light and music that rounds the Isle of Wight Carnival season off in style. It is normally the Island’s largest carnival and packed with thousands of spectators around the entire route and this year was no exception. The spectacle of colour and music with fantastic floats and flamboyant costumes made sure this year Ryde did itself and the Island proud. No wonder many consider Ryde Illuminated Carnival the biggest and best of all the carnivals on the Island
The Spirit of the Carnival Award was created by these local family-owned Island pubs working together to help support the traditional Island Carnivals.
- The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport
- The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor
- The Steamer Inn, Shanklin
- The Dairyman’s Daughter, Arreton
The pubs have jointly funded this initiative and enabled three cash prizes to be awarded for The Spirit of the Carnival Award 2023: 1st £125.00, 2nd £50.00 and 3rd £25.00.
Ben Matthews, judge for the award said “We are pleased to be able to support and encourage those participating in this much-loved tradition. I judged for the Spirit of Carnival, but I was looking for enthusiasm in participating in the carnival, costumes, and the way the group worked together and enjoyed being part of the carnivals."
Ben picked Green Time Land of Carnival for the group members’ enthusiasm and beautiful costumes, along with the impressive lighting and the way the group got so involved in the illuminated carnival. Ben hopes the Green Time – The Land of Carnival will come back bigger and better than this year.
We took pictures
You are welcome to visit our online album of these images.
Asian Group UK have a Facebook group and by taking part in the Ryde Carnival have fulfilled the requirements to take part in an Asian Queen Pageant in London during October 2023.