Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says when a review of the 2020 Carnival Season is conducted, officials may have to once again consider returning to “one night of calypso being run in that last week which might be something to look at”.
She made the statement in response to questions about the decline in the number of patrons who would have attended Sunday’s Dimanche Gras Kings and Queens Competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Speaking with reporters just after the J’ouvert celebrations were declared open in Port-of-Spain early this morning, Dr Gadsby-Doll said:
“Last night (Sunday) we had a bit more than we usually have at Dimanche Gras so I don’t think that’s an issue.”
However, she admitted: “I did hear some concerns about calypso.”
She explained that this year, the event was split into two segments where the Extempore Competition was held on Wednesday, while the Kings and Queens Competition took place on Sunday as usual.
She said, “I think that separated the audiences.”
However, she added:
“That was the major one that would have shown a depreciation in terms of the number of people. Other than that, I think the turnout has been average and basically, what it has been all through the years.”
Pressed to provide an approximate figure as to how much revenue Government was hoping to earn overall from this year’s Carnival, Dr Gadsby-Dolly focused that spotlight on Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell.
“The Ministry of Tourism would usually make projections,” she explained. “I’ve seen quite a number of ships in and quite a number of people walking around that I know are tourists but I don’t have an actual figure yet and how it measures up in terms of what the projections would have been.”
Minutes after this year’s Carnival celebrations were declared open, Culture Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly claimed the celebrations seemed “to be going well so far”.
Pointing to the mixture of parties/fetes and the heritage events hosted by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) during the season, Dr Gadsby-Dolly said this year’s celebrations had once again ensured T&T’s place on the world map.
The minister admitted to taking advantage of opportunities when she attended events to learn about how the population felt about certain issues.