Friday 27 November, 2020

Red Cross Children's Carnival to host virtual competition in 2021

FILE Photo: A masquerader playing mas at Kiddie's Carnival. The Red Cross Children's Carnival will hold a virtual design competition in 2021.

FILE Photo: A masquerader playing mas at Kiddie's Carnival. The Red Cross Children's Carnival will hold a virtual design competition in 2021.

While there won’t be any mas on the road for 2021, the Red Cross Children’s Carnival will be celebrating its 65th anniversary with a virtual competition.

The Red Cross Children’s Carnival Virtual 65 Emerging Designers Competition will see children and young adults vying for a top prize for the best costume design.

They will be invited to submit Carnival costume designs online, using guidelines set out by the organising committee.

The designs will be processed for judging at a preliminary level, semi-final stage, followed by the finals.

The adjudicating panel will feature local and international designers who will ultimately choose the winners.

Jerel Ramsey, Creative Consultant for the Red Cross Children’s Carnival Committee, told Loop the aim is to groom the next generation of designers.

“The intention is to build an appreciation for the culture of Carnival because we know we can’t have an actual parade. It is to educate both the public and participants so there will be mentors coming to do workshops, virtually and in person.  We are grooming the next generation,” he explained.

The participants targeted will be between seven to 21 years of age.

They will compete in three age categories: Junior Designers from seven to 12 years, Teen Designers between the ages of 13 to 17 years and Senior Designers from 18 years to  21.

Participants will be invited to  present  a design of a child’s Carnival  costume, based on any of the themes – Red Cross Our World Heroes, hidden Treasures of Trinidad and Tobago, the New Normal, Save the World Our Precious Space and is We Thing,

“We want to get 100 to 140 applicants to start off in the preliminaries, at the end we will choose 30, ten per group for the semi-finals and two from each group will go to the finals,” said Ramsey.

The competition will be a three-episode reality-type show which will see participants create their designs, attend workshops led by contemporary and veteran designers, go on field trips, and parade their costumes.

One of the special categories of the competition will be to create a design for someone who is differently-abled, encouraging and stimulating inclusivity, which is the true spirit of the organisation.

The competition will be formally launched in early November 2020 with all the details for entry. The Finals is tentatively set for February 6, 2021.

The show will be aired live on TTT and streamed online.

For further information please contact - (868) 627-8215 or email:

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