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T&T to adopt virtual Carnival? 2021 update
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:52:56 PM »
Mixed reaction to virtual T&T Carnival:
By Kyron Regis (Guardian).


Gypsy: Format can be used for Panorama

There have been mixed reactions towards adopting a virtual model of Carnival in T&T.

This comes on the heels of Jersey City West Indian and Caribbean-American Carnival celebrating its milestone 25th anniversary virtually last from 2 to 6 pm on Zoom, Instagram and Facebook Live.

In an interview with Guardian Media Ltd, (GML) chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Winston Gypsy peters said, “Well I don’t know how effective a virtual Carnival would be.”

According to Peters, Carnival is something that entails people, revelry and competitiveness. He noted he was unsure how well these elements could be captured virtually.

He admitted, however, that Panorama could be adapted to a virtual format. Peters said: “You could do that, anybody could do that because if you’re putting on a Panorama, it’s a show you’re putting on, you will put it on without anybody except the judges…and just do it virtual to the public.”

Nevertheless, Peters said the model adopted by Jersey City is something for the country to look at because different innovations needed to be introduced into T&T Carnival.

He said that the county is unsure of how long the spread of COVID-19 would persist and what would be the final outcome.

Peters said as of now, Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly announced that Carnival is not going to be postponed. Still, Peters mentioned that he is unsure of how well a virtual model will work with a culture that prizes physical interaction.

Meanwhile, head of Caesar’s Army, Jules Sobion told GML, “I do think it is very possible.”

He said he was recently in discussion with his team about the potential of a virtual Carnival celebration.

Like Peters, Sobion acknowledged Carnival as an event that is “high touch.”

He explained that if it is done online, it has to capture the experience for people to really want to buy a ticket to enter.

According to Sobion, the transition to digital events is revolutionary noting “this whole new world of tomorrow is due for exploration.”

But the streaming of online Carnival events is not an entirely new phenomenon, said Sobion.

He said in previous years, Machel Montano streamed his Machel Monday events, where people all over the world purchased tickets to see it online.

“Foreigners have been paying for that streaming of the concert so they can watch it in their own homes,” said Sobion.

In these types of events, Sobion said there is an excitement that can be shared online but it would be much harder to transmit the sensory experience of Carnival Monday and Tuesday virtually— as it was meant to be a lived out experience.

He said a virtual Carnival could be used to market an experience that is so incredible that it would spur more visitors to the island for the following year.

Sobion also noted that there would be economic benefits of an such an event, recalling the recent Verzuz clash between Bennie Man and Bounty Killer which attracted almost 500,000 people online.

According to Sobion, if another event of that standard were hosted where attendees would have to pay US $10 to enter— there would be at least 250,000 people. He noted that in this way foreign exchange is also generated.

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COVID kills Carnival 2021 season
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2020, 12:30:41 AM »
COVID kills Carnival 2021 season
By Gail Alexander (Guardian).


It’s official: Carnival 2021 has been “killed” by COVID-19.

And unless Government’s negotiations with Patriotic Energies and Technologies for the Guaracara refinery are completed by end of next month, that deal will be “dead “ also and new options will have to be sought.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the two developments yesterday at the end of the 2021 Budget Forum at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. The event was hosted by Government to deliver information on T&T’s economic circumstances ahead of the Budget on October 5.

In an address before the event, Rowley said difficult decisions were involved in the Budget but assured certain priorities would be maintained. In another speech at the end of the forum, he clarified various aspects which arose in discussion, including Carnival 2021, the refinery deal, plans to encourage project management companies, procurement legislation implementation and TSTT.

Carnival 2021 was scheduled for February and Rowley’s announcement that it “fallen victim” to COVID came in response to a query from a forum member about the festival.

“In 72 hours we’ll be in October and if at this time in October we’re still in the throes of a pandemic, it would be madness to be talking about Carnival…in February,” Rowley said.

“I see no future for Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in the months ahead. And today I can put everyone on notice that unless there is some dramatic wind that will blow across us whereby by Christmas, COVID would be a thing of the past—Carnival 2021 is not on.”

He added, “Picture J’Ouvert but with the coronavirus still a major issue not only in T&T but in the world around us - it’s just not on. Let us be thankful we’re still alive to see each other’s face.”

He called on citizens to remember what this country passed through in 1918. In 1918, T&T was among countries hit by the Spanish flu pandemic, one of the most severe in history. An estimated 500 million people were infected globally with 50 million deaths. It was caused by an H1N1 virus and it was later found that flu reduced educational attainments among populations.

Rowley also asked for citizens to see and understand what is happening with countries which couldn’t control the virus spread among their populations.”

He added, “And in those examinations and review (of those situations) where Carnival is the perfect environment for spreading of this virus, Carnival is not something we can countenance now.

“This decision I know will have serious economic knock-on effects but by the same token we can’t hope to gain on that swing and die on the merry-go-round.”

His news was met with assorted responses from Carnival stakeholders—including social media artistes. Several people immediately posted memes with Rowley’s Carnival cancellation announcement.

The cancellation will be the third time in history that T&T’s Carnival has been shelved for some calamitous event. The first time Carnival was postponed was during World War II. In 1972, Carnival was also postponed for at least three months because of a polio outbreak that claimed lives.

It was estimated the postponement cost the island about $2.35 million in tourist revenues, according to local business leaders.

Then Health Minister Francis Prevatt, now deceased, announced the postponement was “to allow a nationwide polio immunization programme to take its full effect.”

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Re: T&T to adopt virtual Carnival? 2021 update
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2020, 01:21:13 AM »
No virtual NCC events for Carnival 2021
MELISSA DOUGHTY (T&T NEWSDAY).


People can look forward to a slew of virtual Carnival-related events come 2021. But the body that officially oversees Carnival, the National Carnival Commission (NCC), is not organising any such events.

NCC chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters confirmed this to Newsday.

In a phone interview he said, “We are not planning any virtual events the way that the private promoters or whoever are planning.”

He added that since the Government announced there would be no Carnival 2021, the organisation has not been planning any Carnival activity per se.

The NCC, however, plans to compile at least 100 years of extant Carnival material.

“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.”

Gypsy said TT can’t have a virtual Carnival, as that was an oxymoron.

But hosting virtual events gave private organisers and pomoters a chance to be completely independent, he said.

“Because these things they are putting on, they would be putting it on on their own because they would be getting no money from the NCC since we have no money for such events.”

He said 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.

“So Carnival to the NCC is much more than it is to private entities who just are putting on an event and calling it virtual and doing whatever to make money for themselves.”

He added that the NCC got no government allocation except for recurrent expenditure, to the tune of about $32 million.

He said entities like Pan Trinbago, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association (TTCAB) and Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) were independent bodies which received a subvention from the Government. If they wished to do something they could find ways to do so, he said.

“We are not preventing anybody from doing whatever they want to do....as long as it is within the guidelines of the pronouncement of the Government...the covid19 guidelines set by the Government.”

Asked about the possibility of a Carnival in July/August, Peters said there is no Carnival and he could not understand how hard that was for people to understand.

“People should condition their minds that there will be no Carnival in 2021. We are going to be looking at 2022...we are hoping that these conditions get better and if they do, we are going to be making all preparations and efforts to have one of the best Carnivals we have seen in years and years and years.”

Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore said pan was born out of struggle, when asked how the organisation will cope with the lack of subvention.

“It is nothing new to us. We are a resilient people and we will find ways and means to come through these difficult times. The movement understands that. The membership understands that. We have some plans that we have put together.”

She said Pan Trinbago will be holding three major virtual events.

Ramsey-Moore said the NCC was providing some administrative support and Pan Trinbago was extremely grateful for that support. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell got high praise from her: she said her organisation was extremely satisfied so far with the level of support from the ministry. She said it has had conversations with Mitchell and he “is very open to discussion.”

She added that while the ministry is unable to provide financial support, it has been assisting in helping Pan Trinbago reach out to the private sector, and with a strategy on the way forward. This has been a major support, she said.

Ramsey-Moore said the organisation has sent in its proposals for its virtual events and was sure there will be some support for cultural groups.

“It may not be what is required, but teamwork is what is required. Support does not always come financially. There are other ways the ministry can provide that kind of support for us.”

She added that the proposals have been sent to corporate bodies and was sure they would provide the usual support. She expects that by the middle of January the organisation will hear something from the corporate sector.

TUCO is already looking for corporate support and sponsorship, said its president, Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba.

The organisation plans to host virtual events in the first quarter of 2021. He said its membership must make music for those who wanted to hear the music and its responsibility was to find ways to facilitate this.

Asked how TUCO plans to fund itself for the rest of the year, he said it would have to see how that works out and it was simply looking, for now, at the first quarter.

The TTCBA will find a way to do something, even though there is no budget, president Rosalind Gabriel told Newsday.

“As the chairman has reported, the budget has been drastically cut to the NCC, and the interest groups have been left out completely. We have to look for clever ways to try and help ourselves.”

She said there was no plan written down, but right after the New Year the TTCBA board will meet to discuss a plan.

“We won’t allow the year to pass without doing something for ourselves or in conjunction with other Carnival stakeholders,” she said.

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Re: T&T to adopt virtual Carnival? 2021 update
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2021, 07:04:44 AM »
Haiti went ahead with Kanaval and Bahamas is not pleased.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/haiti-carnival-celebration-goes-despite-200031490.html

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Re: T&T to adopt virtual Carnival? 2021 update
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2021, 12:39:04 PM »

Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned

https://www.yahoo.com/news/brazil-carnival-goes-online-street-195855691.html