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Monday, April 06, 2009

Bachanalmas Launch Review

Hey Saucy,

here is a little review from Bachanalmas band launch at the Rhum Jungle, London.

Prior to the launch, there was a lot of hype for this party and I was especially looking forward to seeing the costumes up close on the night.

In true Trini style, I got to the venue about 11:45pm and by the time my friends and I paid the admission charge and hung coats etc it was after midnight. All good though as the party was in full swing.

Costumes - The models were wearing the backline costumes gluttony, vanity, greed, lust and sloth and made their way through the crowd showcasing the costumes. All the midlines were displayed on mannequins.There were no frontline costumes on display but from what I was told the frontlines would be similar to the midlines but would have elaborate backpacks and bigger headpieces. Personally, the backlines did not appeal to me at all but the midlines were gorgeous and from the drawings of the frontlines on the Bacahannalmas facebook page, they would be even more spectacular. I can't wait!!!!

Venue - Definitely too small and too hot for the band launch. Walked in and was hit with the heat. Initially took up a position near the bar so that I was able to scope out the scene. The midlines and registration were tucked away on the left of the room so you had to walk through a very thick crowd to view them and people were standing in front them so it was a job getting up close. As I said before, the models were walking through the crowd so caught glimpses of them throughout the night. I was uable to partake in the variety of rums on offer but was told that the cocktails were the best.

Music - SIGH!!!!! I will just say I was not impressed and really hope its not the dj we have on the road.

Generally, the atmosphere was really good. Everyone was having a great time!!!! The costumes are gorgeous particularly the midlines so hats off to Paul and the rest of the Bacahannalmas crew.

I'm afraid I didn't get too many pics on the night just because so here are a few that I was able to snap.

Trinidad and Tobago to get Mas Academy?

The Trinidad Guardian reports that president of the NCBA, Owen Hinds,has announced that Trinidad and Tobago will get a Mas Academy before the end of 2009:

Trinidad and Tobago will get its first mas academy by year-end, says Owen Hinds, president of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA). While he did not say where the institution of “higher learning” would be located; where it would source funding; or the estimated cost for setting it up, he’s optimistic the NCBA’s dream would become a reality before 2010. Convinced that the art of mas must stay alive 365 days a year, and not retain its present rank as a two-day affair, Hinds said for the NCBA “mas is a serious business.”.....................................

Hinds said the purpose of the mas academy was:
• to provide training and development in the art form;
• to enhance the standard and quality of T&T Carnival at home and abroad;
• to ensure that the junior Carnival continues to develop in a way to reflect the cultural and moral values of our nation;
• to certify craft people in the production of costumes;
• to build a reservoir of talent and to equip young people with mas-making skills.

The full article can be found here.

This is interesting as the U.K. Centre of Carnival Arts, which I wrote about in October 2007, was finally completed in March 2009.

For all the talk about preserving our culture and the art form of mas dying bandied about by the critics it is a crying shame that the idea of a Mas Academy is still an "idea" with no definite plans. Take a page from Luton Mr Hinds, as they have been in successful in accomplishing what is still a "dream" of the NCBA .
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