This national holiday is celebrated in Bali with various festivities including parades, community events and cultural and art exhibitions. Indonesia proclaimed her Independence on August 17th 1945, this year Indonesia celebrates its 74th year of the Proclamation of Independence. Every year this historic event is celebrated with numerous exciting events throughout the nation that are aimed at enhancing Unity in Diversity.
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Equals IW Friendship Group representing Equals IW continued their 1st prize carnival winning success from Newport Illuminated Carnival. The 1st Prize at the Island’s biggest and oldest carnival was against very high competition.
The team’s entry in this year's Ryde Illuminated Carnival brought joy to those watching the colourful procession through the streets. The costumes were based on woodlands, forest and wildlife associated with Bouldnor Forest which is located near Yarmouth on the Island. The team’s entry featured Kimmi the ‘Great Crested Newt’ and the included a mobile music unit transformed into a mobile forest. The woodland themes on the music unit were hand painted with support for the entry by the Equals IW teams sponsor MCEnhancement.
Equals IW Friendship Group (Women Group) including husbands, children and friends represented Equals IW stepped out to build on their Mardi Gras success over a number of years to enter their first Island Illuminated Carnival, Newport’s.
The team’s entry in this year Newport Illuminated Carnival brought joy to those watching the very colourful carnival through the streets of Newport. The costumes were based on woodlands, forest and wildlife associated with Bouldnor Forest, located near Yarmouth on the Island. The team’s entry featured Kimmi the ‘Great Crested Newt’ and the team entry was complimented with a mobile music unit transformed into a mobile forest. The music unit woodlands themes were all hand painted by three artists. The unit was made possible by the Equals IW teams sponsor MCEnhancement.
The Equals IW Illuminated Carnival Team 2019 are taking part in the Newport Illuminated Carnival being held on
The team will meet at Riverside Centre Car Park at 6.30pm.
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Thousands of people stepped out on the hottest day of the year so far to celebrate the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras. The annual parade made its way through the streets of Ryde on Saturday 29th June 2019. Hundreds of revellers with costumes and floats linked by the theme ‘Biosphere Island’ were brought together. The natural beauty of the island was celebrated in true carnival style.
The theme ‘Biosphere Island’ was a collaboration between Island based event organisers, the New Carnival Company and the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (IW AONB). The IW AONB has bid for the Island to become a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Celebrations got underway at Ryde School as the hot summer sunshine shone down on the Island and the many different group and schools.
Around a thousand participants from 23 island schools and 34 community groups danced in the streets. They proudly showcased their amazing artistic creations marking the culmination of months of preparation work. Each school and group worked under a heading such as Historic Environment, Food and Farming and Dark Skies. Local organisations and businesses partnered with the groups including Robin Hill, the Isle of Wight Zoo, Archaeology Discovery Centre, Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust, Dinosaur Isle and Briddlesford Farm.
The Isle of Wight Filipino British Community in partnership with the IW NHS Trust and Equals IW are holding a celebration of Philippine Independence Day on
Come along and enjoy the day.
The session on Wednesday 29th May 2019 session at the New Carnival Company Centre in Ryde was extremely successful. Two members have taken up the lead roles to help teach all the team the dance routine.
Some changes have been made to the base clothing and footwear of the costume. We are changing from white to brown and green to represent the costume theme of a tree from the forest woodlands.
Both sessions are at the Riverside Centre Medina Room. The Riverside Centre has free parking accessed by Medina Road if the bridge is still closed.