Pay-per-view coming for major carnival shows next week

By MyVue News.com Staff Reporter

Basseterre, 13th December, 2021, (MyVue News.com)-A new approach is expected next week when the major carnival events and competitions are hosted for the St. Kitts & Nevis Carnival.

Since the preliminary shows were launched in November, the organizing committee has been providing viewers with free access via social media and television. The shows have also been broadcast live on various radio stations and some events were held free of charge.

However, speaking at a press conference on Monday, 13th December, 2021, the Chair of the National Carnival Committee, Shannon Hawley, disclosed that her team is currently giving serious consideration to making the shows available only via a pay-per-view platform.

If implemented, the new policy would affect events like the Queen Pageant, Senior Calypso Competition, Bubble J’ouvert, and the Swimsuit Competition.

She said that the audience attendance at the shows so far has been very small, as thousands take advantage of the free live streams on Facebook, YouTube, and the broadcast on Television and local radio.

This has affected the sale of tickets, even though only audiences of 75% capacity of the Carnival Village have been allowed by the COVID-19 Task Force.

This though should not be too daunting, because the events that have been hosted to date, (Calypso Eliminations and Calypso Tents), are not known for attracting large in-stadium audiences in the years before COVID-19.

Another reason that warrants the new approach, explained Hawley, relates to the infringement of copyrights for certain songs used by pageant contestants for their various appearances.

Consequently, these songs are usually muted or deleted to protect the rights of the artistes.

Therefore, said the Chairwoman, “It would be difficult to have the queen shows live on social media, so we are looking at the pay-per-view. And we are looking at that for all our final events, and that would include the calypso competition.”

Photo courtesy of MyVue News.com L-R; Hazel Webster (Director and Secretary of the SKN National Carnival Committee), Val Henry, Shannon Hawley (Chairperson of the SKN National Carnival Committee), King Entertainer (First National Carnival Calypso King)

She said that the committee wants a large in-person audience so that the calypsonians and the queen contestants can have the right atmosphere to boost their on-stage performances.

To date, however, ticket sales for the queen pageant have been going well and sales are expected to pick up by this weekend.

Most of the Preferred Seating tickets for the pageant have been sold but the General Seating tickets are still available. To avoid disappointment, the Chair encouraged carnival fans to visit the Carnival Office or buy their tickets online, without further delays.

Hawley said they don’t want people to stay at home and enjoy the shows, but instead, they would like fans to attend in person and enjoy the performances.

No price was stated by the Carnival Chair, but this is likely to be released in the coming days when all details are confirmed.

The next carnival event is the Panorama, scheduled for this Saturday, 18th December, at Carnival Village from 8:00 p.m.

Featured Image – Shannon Hawley, Chair of the SKN National Carnival Committee

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