Two weeks left for submission of films for 2018 Film Festival

Persons seeking to submit films for screening for the 13th edition of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival has two weeks to do so.

The festival will be held from the 18th-30th September, 2018 and those wishing to submit a film must do so by the 14th May.

The organisers say a rough cut will be considered.

The festival is accepting submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora.

Tobago Jazz in photos: Jazz in the East

The Tobago Jazz Experience brought the Speyside Recreation Ground to life on Saturday night with “Jazz in the East”, where local and regional acts thrilled a large and expectant crowd.

Headlining the night were reggae crooner Tarrus Riley and his fellow Jamaican, dancehall star Tanya Stephens.

Here are some photos released by the THA Department of Information.

(i) A young Katzenjammers pannist gets his time in the spotlight during their early performance.

Ministry: Lucas was not fired as NCC chairman

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is seeking to dispel all rumors that Colin Lucas was fired as chairman of the National Carnival Commission. 

A statement by the ministry says that Lucas, having been appointed to the position of chairman on November 16th, 2017, acted as Executive Chairman of the NCC for the period December 8th, 2017 to April 20th, 2018 in the absence of a Chief Executive Officer.

It states that Lucas is an experienced CEO, whose competencies match very closely those critically needed at the NCC at this time. 

'Gypsy' is new chairman of NCC

Former Minister of The Arts and Culture, Winston "Gypsy" Peters has been appointed chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC).

The appointment was made by Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.

Peters represented the Opposition United National Congress in the House of Representatives in the last term as a Cabinet Minister and as Member of Parliament for Mayaro.

He has had a long history in culture, having been a multiple extempo winner and calypsonian.

Education Ministry explains why San Fernando panyard was asked to move

The Ministry of Education says the owner of the Old Tech Steel Orchestra was asked by the San Fernando West Secondary School to find alternative accommodation for their pans and other equipment because of severe space constraints on the compound.

Actor Avan Jogia & actress Alisha Boe coming for Decibel 2018

Question Mark Entertainment and Republic Bank is once again working together on the Decibel Expo.

The four-day event which has seen the biggest names in entertainment coming to Trinidad and Tobago, will also feature actor Avan Jogia of Nickelodeon notoriety and actress Alisha Boe of the Netflix series – 13 Reasons Why.

The focus this year will be on Arts and Culture, through the introduction of an arts exhibition village that will feature artwork from secondary school students from across the country.