The Equals IW Illuminated Carnival Team 2019 are taking part in the Ventnor Illuminated Carnival being held on

  • Saturday 17th August 2019

The team will meet at Dudley Road Car Park 7pm.



Car Park Directions



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

12 June 2019 from 12pm to 2pm 

Full Circle Restaurant at St Mary's Hospital

Come along and enjoy the day.

Mardi Gras Preparation

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.

Team Sessions

  • Wednesday 5th June 18:00 to 21:00
  • Wednesday 19th June 18:00 to 21:00  

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. 

All lead designers and any other team members who want to help at this stage are to meet at

  • New Carnival Company Centre
    13 Union Road
    Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2ER
  • Time 18:15 to 20.15

The session is to present the costume and hand held feature for final approval.

We will also agree the required adjustments to the Komodo Dragon.

Materials already purchased need to be taken as the team will start to make elements of the costume and hand held feature.

The Equals IW Mardi Gras team is currently numbers 20 this year with female, male and children taking part. If you want to join the team please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Base Costume

All team members are now required to purchase the following and wear it on the day.

  • Footwear:  White trainers, or any type of white flat footwear
  • Lower Body: White long shorts or white slim line trousers or white tracksuit bottoms or white jogging bottoms or white leggings
  • Upper Body: White short or long sleeved T-shirt

Costume Design

Each team member in the parade will be holding something in their hand to wave in the air to attract the eyes of the crowd. We will be re-using the Komodo Dragon from last year as he has survived the rain but needs some tender care.

We are now looking for Lead Designers to work with Sandra

  • Four people to lead on the main costume design
  • Two people to lead on the design of a hand held item
  • Two people to lead the Komodo Dragon re-design

One design from the last meeting has a style and colours representing woodlands, ponds and wildlife to match our Bouldnor Forest theme. The lead costume team designers may include a backpack in the costume.

The next Equals IW Committee meeting below was cancelled:

  • Saturday 26th January 2019
  • 10.00am to 12.00 Noon
  • Riverside Centre, The Quay Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR
  • Room To Be Confirmed

To gain access to The Riverside Centre free parking

  1. Turn Left at the Fairlee Petrol Station Traffic Lights if travelling out of Newport towards Ryde or Right if travelling into Newport.
  2. Drive down past the Skate Park, Car Park and Council Planning Office on your right driving as far as you can go reaching the Travel Lodge.
  3. Then turn left to drive right along the Quay heading towards Newport to the Riverside Centre Car Park. 

The next committee meeting will be on Thursday 29th November 2018. 6pm to 8.30pm.

The venue is the Riverside Centre, Newport in the Medina Room.

If travelling out of Newport towards Ryde turn Left at the Fairlee Petrol Station Traffic Lights  Turn Right if travelling into Newport. Drive down past the Skate Park, Car Park and Council Planning Office as far as the Travel Lodge. Then turn left along the Quay towards Newport to the Riverside Centre Car Park where parking is free.

An earthquake followed by a tsunami caused devastation for Palu in Indonesia leaving hundreds and thousands of people in urgent need of clean water, food and shelter.

 You can make a donation by visiting the Disasters Emergency Committee website.

2018 Asian Day Flyer

The Totland Bay Mosaic Arts Company and Heart in my Mouth are working with Equals IW to Support Asian Day 2018.

The Isle of Wight Asian Day 2018 is a free event for everyone.

We would love you to come along and visit our stand where you can have ago at Indian Printing, Asian Arts, Glass Painting to create your own Asian Style Tea Light.

You can also have ago at Glass Painting to create your own Asian Style Tea Light.

Whilst visiting us why not take a look at lovely handmade craft items made by Helen and Lesley, include some special craft items with an Asian theme on sale just for this special day.

Treat yourself or buy as a gift for someone special to you.

2018 Asian Day Flyer

Come and see the best in Asian Culture in a fun family day out on Sunday 29th July at Arreton Barns. Entry is free and there will be plenty to see and things to do with Asian food, dancing, costumes and entertainment.

Programme for the Asian Day Sunday 29 July 2018

  • 10:00 - DJ Ann Abi Dance Vibez introduces the Hosts Cristy Arago and Theo Fernandez who will welcome Sponsors, Guests and Participants
  • 10:30 - Costume Parade
  • 11:00 - Uk National Anthem
  • 11:10 - Opening Remarks by Asian Day organiser Aireen Gauntlett
  • 11:15 - Speech by Gerry Panga for Philippine Tourism
  • 11:25 - Speech by Mayor Rajesh Patel
  • 11:40 - Entertainment with a song by Susan Lovejoy of Voice Uk
  • 12:20 - Dance Vibez
  • 12:50 - Speech by Isle of Wight Councillor Ian Ward
  • 13:00 - Special number by Shanelle Gauntlett
  • 13:25 - Igorot Dance
  • 13:45 - Filipiniana Dance
  • 14:00 - Mrs Asian Beauty Pageant
    Voice over by Kaycey Colleen Lim and Theo Fernandez
    Welcome to the beauty pageant guest Judges
    National Costume
    Casual Wear
    Talent 3 minutes per candidate
    Evening Gown
    Serenade Song by Andy Gio
    Award Ceremony
  • 16:00 - Song by Ela Hidalgo
  • 16:30 - Harry Smith
  • 17:00 - Live Band Introders from London
  • 17:30 - Thai Dance with Nit Cook
  • 18:00 - Young Singer 3 Sisters Miss Sumang
    19:00 - Bollywood DJ Dr Gos Jilani
  • 19:30 - Harmonix Team Group
  • 20:00 - The End