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

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

The 2018 Isle of Wight Asian Day due to take place on the 29th July 2018 was cancelled due to the weather.

The organisers would like to apologise to all who were inconvenienced.

The next Equals IW July 2018 Committee Meeting details are

  • Date: Wednesday 18th July 2018
  • Time: 6.15pm to 8.00pm
  • Location: Seeds4change Family Therapy Ltd, 42 Quay Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BA

Seeds4change Family Therapy Ltd is located in Quay Street, Newport on the same side as the church at the top of Quay Street, High Street End. It is about half way along Quay Street just up and opposite the Island Courts.

Entrance is through the black gates that lead you into a small court yard car park. Take the first door on the right into the building.

This is the same venue as the last Committee Meeting.

Free Car Parking in Quay Street as of 6pm.

Please make every effort to attend as the following meeting will not be until September 2018.

Find out more on Wikipedia or read the article in the Metro.

The May Committee meeting will be held as follows

  • Date:- Saturday 19th May 2018
  • Time:- 10am to 11.30am
  • Venue:- Seeds4change Family Therapy Ltd, 42 Quay Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BA.

The venue is on the opposite side to the court about halfway up/down Quay street.

Parking charges apply in Quay Street.


The programmed activities are now complete but work continues so for the latest details please see our Facebook page.

Mardi Gras Activities 

Here is a list of the activities involved with Mardis Gras costumes, there is a cost this year to attending the workshops and limited places.

We have started making costumes for Mardi Gras at Wow. Please anyone who would like to join the parade let Sandra know.

Apologies for the poor display of this table on a mobile phone.






Basic Carnival Skills

Beginners Level

Thursday 22 February for 5 sessions

6pm to 9pm

The Coaching House

13 Union Road

Ryde PO33 2ER

£40 full fee

£25 concession fee for Mardi Gras Groups (limit of 2 adults per group)

Maximum of 12 people on course

Limited to 2 places per group

(Option to move venue, if necessary, to accommodate a larger group)

Backpacks and Structures for Carnival

Intermediate Level


Thursday 19 April for 4 sessions

6pm to 9pm

The Coaching House

13 Union Road

Ryde PO33 2ER

£50 full fee

£30 concession fee for Mardi Gras Groups (limit of 1 adult per group)

Maximum of 12 people on course

Limited to 1 place per group

Creative Leaders

for community group leaders, parent helpers or volunteers - to acquire a variety of skills needed to plan and manage a safe and stress free carnival  workshop!


Saturday 10 March

10am to 4pm

Salisbury Gardens

Dudley Road

Ventnor PO38 1EJ

£6 only

Maximum of 20 people on course

Limited to 2 places per group

Major Costumes and Individual pieces

For adults and older children, working with visiting carnivalist Ray Mahabir from Sunshine Arts London


Half Term week

Weds, Thurs, Friday

May 30/31/1st/2nd

10 am to 4pm

Ryde Youth Centre at 97 High Street Ryde 10-4 pm.

Free of Charge

Pay for materials used only

Space and support to create those show-stopping pieces! 

You will need to submit your designs and plans at least one week before the workshop.

For further detaills please contact Sandra Trigg by email at

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Social Justice Words

The committee meeting planned for Thursday 12th April 2018 at the Newport Police Station has been CANCELLED.

Date and Time of Next Meeting and Venue to be announced shortly.