Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) says it will be working closely with all stakeholders and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and The Arts, on ways to innovate the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival product for a post-COVID-19 world.

In an official statement issued today, the NCC says it fully supports the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that given the COVID-19 pandemic, “Carnival 2021 is not on…”

The NCC says it will be looking at ways to sustain T&T Carnival, and the livelihoods of all involved in its production.

The following is the full text of the NCC statement…

NCC MEDIA STATEMENT – CARNIVAL 2021 POSTPONEMENT

The  National  Carnival Commission  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago  (NCC)  is  in  complete  accord  with  the  recent announcement  by the Prime Minister, Dr  The Honourable Keith Rowley and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with respect to the adjournment of Carnival 2021, in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Prime Minister rightfully indicated, the preservation of lives and livelihoods is of paramount importance, and, given the expected trajectory of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely at this time to consider as a given, the staging of the annual festival.

Our  next  steps,  as  an  organisation  committed  to  cultural  development  and celebration, therefore, depend heavily on building on the groundwork that we have already laid  in place with our stakeholders to restructure and innovate Carnival and its many events, and exploring  viable  ways of digitally  promoting the Festival,  while  safeguarding both its sustainability and the nation’s health and wellbeing.

The  NCC  remains  optimistic  as  the  Government’s  announcement  has  undoubtedly further  opened the way for meaningful discourse with regard to  how we can still celebrate Carnival beyond the scope of a purely physical event,  and provide avenues for many of the Festival’s industries and members to grow and develop during this challenging time.

As always, the NCC stands committed to upholding the  Government’s decisions,  as our leadership and our people continue to navigate this global pandemic, always holding in the highest regard the safety and well-being of our population, which includes the many and diverse Carnival communities we serve.

To  that  end,  we  will  resume,  in  earnest,  our  stakeholder  consultations  with  all relevant partners, including our Line Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, to map out our next steps.

We will share more details with the public in due course.