Saturday 24 October, 2020

Mitchell: Expect bigger, better Carnival 2022

Photo: 2020 Carnival Tuesday in T&T.

Photo: 2020 Carnival Tuesday in T&T.

Stakeholders can rest assured that Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival will remain at the forefront of the global Carnival landscape.

Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Randall Mitchell gave the commitment that his Ministry is working towards achieving this.

The assurance follows confirmation from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday that the greatest show on earth was “not on” for 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mitchell assured that they’re also laying the foundation for an even bigger and better Carnival 2022.

The Minister reinforced the Prime Minister’s position on hosting Carnival 2021, stating that it cannot be business as usual and it is critical that everyone’s health and safety is not jeopardised.  

Mitchell said: “We will continue to prioritise the nation’s health over short-term economic gains. But we also recognise what Carnival means to Trinidad and Tobago, therefore, the Ministry will continue its dialogue with the major stakeholders to envisage a celebration which honours those traditions and adheres to health protocols.”

The Ministry will continue to engage stakeholders to explore how Trinidad and Tobago can retain its time and space on the international Carnival calendar to solidify this country’s position as the home of Carnival.

Discussions have been taking place over the past few weeks with key Carnival stakeholders and the National Carnival Commission (NCC).

Mitchell said there was consensus at these meetings that there’s a need for Trinidad and Tobago to retain its place on the international Carnival calendar to ensure future economic and social benefits and to solidify T&T’s position as the home of Carnival. 

“Trinidad and Tobago must take the lead and provide the world with a benchmark to follow for how such a festival can still hold worldwide attention. It is imperative that whatever is envisaged takes into consideration our new normal without flouting any of the health guidelines in place,” he said.

He noted that T&T recently hosted the Caribbean Premier League, CPL 2020 cricket tournament which provided a blueprint for staging large scale events during the pandemic.

Mitchell indicated that the Ministry and its stakeholders intend to use the lessons learnt from that experience in hosting other tourism and cultural events.

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