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Our History

DOCA's roots are firmly planted in the town's vibrant Carnival history where we began as a voluntary run organisation, becoming a professionally led charity in 2008.

 

The International Street Festival was introduced in 1999 and has grown to become one of the biggest and most exciting free outdoor arts events in the South West. Alongside the Carnival and Confetti Battle, these major annual events are now celebrated as part of a Festival Fortnight every August. Our Carnival is in the roots of the local community, having taken place annually for over 100 years, and our Confetti Battle is unique, as, we think, it is the only one in the UK. 

 

We have produced the Devizes Christmas Festival & Lantern Parade for almost a decade, a shining example of an outdoor arts community celebration with nearly 1000 lanterns made in schools, groups and open workshops paraded through the town on a usually crisp winter's night. Lantern making is part of our participatory programme, which continues to grow, now supporting the development of Carnival, Street Theatre and Outdoor Music Making. 

 

The combination of our history, experience and track record enables us to work strategically with partner organisations to further develop outdoor arts for all - artists, audiences, participants and volunteers - in Devizes, Wiltshire and further afield.