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.

Liam Teague gets prestigious professorship

On March 16, Dr Janet Hathaway, Director of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced that professor Liam Teague had been just named as the latest NIU Presidential Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Professor. The ceremony for this prestigious professorship takes place on April 19 at Altgeld Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Calypso Rose gets Diplomatic Passport tomorrow

Veteran calypsonian Calypso Rose will be conferred with her Diplomatic Passport on Tuesday, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts says.

The ministry today issued an invitation to members of the media, to attend a brief ceremony for the presentation of the Diplomatic Passport to Calypso Rose, whose real name is Linda Mc Cartha Sandy-Lewis.

In March 2017, the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago agreed that Calypso Rose be afforded the privilege of a Diplomatic Passport, and that one aircraft in the Caribbean Airlines Fleet be named in her honour.