Dark Nights coming to Brading Villa…


The New Carnival Company will be presenting Dark Nights at the Villa in Brading on Saturday, November 16. This new and free outdoor arts event will combine a spectacular illuminated street parade with the community enactment of a fairy tale pageant.

Frankie Goldspink, creative director at the New Carnival Company said: “The storyline has been written by local schools and community groups, and been inspired by the famous Roman mosaics of the Villa. This spectacular pageant will feature Medusa, Bacchus, Orpheus and the inimitable Cockerel-headed man. Expect to see giant puppets, fabulous costumes, choreographed dancers and epic drama.”

The event is part of the East Wight Landscape partnerships ‘Down to the Coast’ project, which aims to engage local people in the understanding and celebration of their local landscapes and heritage.

The parade, starting at 6pm at Brading School, will see families carrying handmade Roman-style torches and illuminated costumes leading into the outdoor pageant, which begins at 6.45pm at Brading Roman Villa.

On Saturday, November 9 at Brading Town Hall from 2pm to 4pm you can join a community Lantern workshop to make a lantern for the parade for a small charge of £5 per lantern.

There are also free Giant Puppet Making workshops to create one of the main characters in the pageant. Adults can drop in from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov 5 and 6),at Brading Youth and Community Centre.