Sunday 25 October, 2020

Kamla: T&T can host virtual Carnival

Photo: Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks at a virtual political meeting on September 28, 2020.

Photo: Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks at a virtual political meeting on September 28, 2020.

While hosting Carnival 2021 in the regular fashion is out of the question at this time, Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is urging Government to have a virtual event showcasing the greatest show on earth.

Persad-Bissessar made the suggestion while speaking a virtual political meeting on Monday.

She agreed with the position taken by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to safeguard citizens’ health but said stakeholders should still be given the opportunity to benefit in some way.

“So all the people who participate in Carnival, all the artistes, and all the really talented, creative people, can have a chance.”

This format, she said, could be monetised and become a potential foreign exchange generator.

“We can have a Carnival across the world, virtual. It can become a forex earner for those who are involved in this massive event each year.”

While there’s been no confirmation of a virtual format for Carnival 2021, stakeholders seem open to the idea.

Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Randall Mitchell indicated that discussions with stakeholders have been ongoing to ensure that T&T’s Carnival remains at the forefront of the global Carnival landscape. He also indicated that the Ministry is laying the foundation for a bigger, better Carnival 2022.

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