No virtual carnival for Trinidad

By Staff Writer, MyVue,

Basseterre, 30th December, 2020 (MyVue Kitts & Nevis has just completed what many would consider to have been a successful virtual carnival series, due to the Coronavirus.

This will not be the case in Trinidad, however, where the carnival committee there has made it clear that they will not be planning or organizing any event that will be streamed via social media or other platforms.

As a matter of fact, the National Carnival Commission, NCC, which is headed by the former Calypso King and former Minister of Culture, Winston “Gypsy” Peters, said recently that they are not even considering hosting the carnival later in the year, like in July or August, instead of February, as some had suggested.

Peters said that there are some private promoters who have given some indication of their intentions to go virtual, but that is not a course to be taken by the NCC.

He said that while the promoters would be driven by their own corporate profit-making commercial objectives, the NCC is not convinced that its own objectives could be met by the virtual option of the carnival.

Peters said the NCC does not have funds for such matters and will be focusing on compiling a documentary of sorts, to highlight 100 years of carnival.

People can look forward to a slew of virtual Carnival-related events come 2021. But t

The Chairrman told T&T Newsday, “What we are going to be doing is compiling a lot of what we have. We are working on it right now. So we will have a kind of antecedental look at what Carnival in TT is all about, historical as it is.”

He also told T&T Newsday that “Carnival, to the NCC and the Government, was much more than a party and a fete, but rather a foreign-exchange earner and a way of providing jobs.

“If we are having something virtual, it is not doing anything for anybody other than the people who are putting it on,” he added in his interview with the Trinidad based news outlet.

Photo: Gysy Peters

Main Photo: Carnival Parade In Trinidad

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