Aims & Aspirations

Hullabaloo is a free accessible event that will bring quality arts and science content to new audiences in Sandown, an area of high deprivation and low levels of cultural involvement. The event itself, will attract visitors from across the Island, as it did last year and from mainland visitors.
A series of workshops will feed into a two day annual event, that will include a Soap Box Challenge, a Makers’ World, a promenade of costumed performers; a carnival stage with music & dance; site installations; a family area including kite making and flying and demonstrations from science and environmental organisations.

Hullabaloo will bring people together, through play & exploration: building sandcastles together; making new creations; learning about the environment we live in & discovering the fascinating world of natural science; watching weird & wonderful contraptions take over the roadway; planting seeds & sowing new ideas.
By bringing artists, creators, community groups & “ordinary people of all ages”, together with scientists, engineers & businesses, this exciting weekend of discovery & celebration on the Isle of Wight will engage thousands of people in a unifying, uplifting & unconventional way, helping to build relationships & find common ground amongst those who perhaps do not ordinarily meet.

We have included a Soap Box Challenge as a way of engaging with and encouraging creativity particularly with men and older boys. This group in under-represented in carnival on the IOW, yet we have seen that when engineering challenges are involved (eg Bridgwater Carnival), male participation is greatly improved. We will hold technical workshops and organise social gatherings for those involved in the run up to the event.

The Maker’s World will bring together creators and innovators from a varied background, including traditional crafts such as boat building and charcoal making through to more high tech makers such as Kitronics, demonstrating skills and inspiring the next generation of makers.

The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Biology Big Top & Wonderstruck will bring exploration, spectacle and discovery to Hullabaloo. 15 local and national science organisations, from universities and national bodies, to Island charities and voluntary environmental groups, will together create a 2-day programme of live experiments, wildlife safaris, microscopy, fossil hunting, rock-pooling, pond-dipping, soil-sieving and much more!

Hullabaloo will be completely free and open to all, embracing diversity and actively encouraging those with additional needs to take part. A special characteristic of Hullabaloo is the intergenerational mixing of both its exhibitors and its audience, sharing skills, stories experiences and participation.

Voluntary Sector Groups such as Women on Wight, Aspire Ryde, Independent Arts have all shown an interest in being involved in workshops and attending the event itself and although open to all, we will primarily approach groups working with hard to reach and disadvantaged communities. By engaging with people in advance of the event and personally inviting them to attend, we will reach those people who are not used to going to such events.

In the long term, we want to make Hullabaloo a self-sustaining event that will inspire and act as a catalyst for change and regeneration.