The countdown for the Newark Carnival 2014 has already started, and at the company’s annual general meeting held on Monday, 7th October, the theme for next year’s event was revealed.
Next year, the town will be toe-tapping to the theme of “Newark is alive with the Sound of Music”.
The date for the carnival still has not been set, as the committee are hoping to work in conjunction with Newark Town Council, and join forces with the Newark Festival similar to the past two years.
“The theme is always kept a highly guarded secret and never revealed until the AGM – even family and friends can’t be told!” commented Carnival Chair Mrs. Elaine Ellison.
Mrs Ellison continued be saying “We took on board the comments made by those taking part over the past few years, and we found that many thought that there was not enough music at the event.”
“Therefore we thought that the best idea was to base a theme around the element that most people thought should be the key part of the Carnival, and with this theme, we hope to have done this” Mrs Ellison added.
Carnival’s creativity co-ordinator, Mrs Danusia Sawoscianik-Murray said; “Music is at the heart of Newark, so we thought that with this theme we could make the most of the town, as well as make it easy for as many groups as possible to take part.”
“We want young and old to take part, and to see as many musical themes on parade – from 90’s Britpop and Girlpower, to the Swinging 60’s all via Rock and Roll and Country. We really can’t wait to see what music we will be dancing in the streets to!” Mrs Sawoscianik-Murray also said.
“We want to make the theme revealing the biggest surprise possible and we hope that we did that, as we really hope that as many local groups and organisations take part in our very music 2014 event” commented Howard Newport, Carnival Community Co-Ordinator.
“Last year we had a record breaking number of groups take part, thirty-five on the day, bringing the total number of people parading to nearly one thousand, and we aim to make the parade bigger, and nosier in 2014” Mr Newport added.
“We are also looking for local businesses to help to sponsor the event as it costs about £5000 each year to put on the town’s biggest community event. If you would be interested, log online to the website to find out more” Carnival logistics director Mr Steve Beeching added.
“With thousands of musical styles around, we hope that Newark can really turn up the volume for next year’s event. Registration is already open via the website, and we really look forward to hitting the right note with next year’s Carnival” Mrs Ellison concluded.
Ms Sarah Gould will this year be heading up the Carnival Queen competition, “We want to get a Queen who will support the Carnival over the whole year, so this year we are doing a talent search. We’ll be revealing more in the new year, but ladies, get out your best outfits!”
All themes are based on a first-come, first-served basis, and any group can take part in the Newark Carnival 2014. Registration is simple, and online at www.newarkcarnival.com.