Ali Pretty and digital artist Richard White have just completed a project commissioned and led by the New Carnival Company for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2014, to lead a public 100 mile, 5 day walk across the Island, stopping at 9 carnival towns and villages for a display, performance and flag handover ceremony to celebrate 125 years of Island Carnival traditions.  According to IOW Radio, around 500 people attended the trail and five participants managed to complete the whole 100 miles over the five days.

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Image by Mike Johnston. See more fantastic images of the trail by Mike >


“…it is a landmark event which we hope will leave a very positive legacy, connecting local people and groups not only to each other but to the local environment.”

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In the run up to the event, Ali led silk workshops to create the nine silk banners inspired by collected stories, reminiscence and archive from each local carnival tradition. For each town, a banner was carried by walkers on each leg of the route. Local communities in each town joined the trail to celebrate and schoolchildren carried the flags they made in workshops with local artists led by Ali Pretty over the Spring.

Shortly after the Walking Festival, an exhibition of the flags and banners, as well as sound recordings and images will go on display locally.