Wednesday 28 October, 2020

NCC supports postponement of Carnival 2021, considers going virtual

A masquerader at the Traditional Mas Parade on Carnival Monday 2020. [Photo: Loop News]

A masquerader at the Traditional Mas Parade on Carnival Monday 2020. [Photo: Loop News]

The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) has thrown its support behind Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's decision to postpone Carnival 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement on Tuesday, the NCC said Dr Rowley was correct to put the health and wellbeing of the nation over the economy. 

"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," the NCC said.

The NCC said its next step as an organisation committed to cultural development and celebration now depends heavily on building the groundwork already laid in place with stakeholders to restructure and innovate carnival and its many events.

This includes 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," the commission said.

The NCC further recommitted to upholding the government’s decisions. 

"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."

It added that further details will be shared with the public in due course.

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