J’ouvert band leaders have rejected a proposal by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and Port-of-Spain City Corporation for the introduction of a fine for errant masquerades who deface and damage properties during Monday mas.
And according to Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, the band leaders also rejected the payment of an up-front clean-up tax.
But five other recommendations received a favorable response.
A lack of funding is one of the main factors that has led to the cancellation of today's Phagwa celebration after 50 years of hosting the event at the Aranguez Savannah, Pundit Satyanan Gosein has said.
The National Phagwa Council of T&T yesterday issued a release stating that due to unforeseen circumstances there would not be any Phagwa celebrations at the venue today.
J’Ouvert bands are resisting the suggestion that they be shifted from Woodbrook and environs to Port-of-Spain for the 2019 Carnival celebrations.
They claim that such a move to the capital city will result in their masqueraders being targeted by the criminal elements and lead to chaos and confusion. On Wednesday, Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald, at a press conference with president of the Woodbrook Residents’ Association Lynette Dolly and other stakeholders, put forward seven recommendations for Carnival and J’Ouvert bands for next year’s Carnival to help regulate them.
The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation hosted a special cultural showcase to celebrate the premiere of the film Black Panther at MovieTowne Tobago and Tobagonians came out in full support dressed to the nines as African royalty.
Globally, movie-goers and theatres have been creating cultural experiences at the film’s screenings, with African-inspired fashion and music being used to celebrate the positive depiction of African culture and the African continent in the critically-acclaimed film.
Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald will be approaching Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to deal legislatively with noise pollution for next year’s Carnival celebrations.
McDonald raised the issue at a press conference at City Hall, Port-of-Spain, which was attended by Environmental Management Authority representative Lall Beharry, Lynette Dolly, president of the Woodbrook Residents’ Association and Port-of-Spain mayor Joel Martinez.