DOCA History

DOCA’s roots are firmly planted in the town’s vibrant Carnival history. There has been a Carnival in Devizes every year (excepting a few gaps for world wars!) since 1912. Originally formed to raise money for the cottage hospital it soon became one of the most popular events in the town’s calendar with early parades reaching more than a mile long! Around the time of the millennium there was a period of growth and development for carnival and related events in Devizes. The International Street Festival was introduced in 1999 and has grown to become one of the biggest and most exciting free outdoor arts

Ceres Project (2022)

with Bassline Circus and Full Tilt Theatre DOCA worked with Bassline Circus and Full Tilt Aerial, two of the U.K’s most exciting circus companies, to co-produce ‘Ceres’. This spectacular show took over the Market Place and immersed the audience in a story inspired by Ruth Pierce who died in there in 1753. It took place on the 30th of April and 1st of May 2022 as part of the International Street Festival. You can find a plaque on the Market Cross telling Ruth’s story as the establishment sees it.  This show took a new look at the infamous local tale. ‘Ceres’ explored the history of market trading,