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Sunday, June 27, 2010

DC Carnival 2010 Review

Blue Tantrum


I had a time for DC carnival this year. I started with Ignite on Thursday. The vibes were good, and there just enough space to dance without bumping into somebody by accident. On Friday, I went to Live in the City. The review that was posted was spot on. However, we had SO many drinks prior to the live performances that we weren't even thinking about the bar by the time Machel came on because there was too much dancing to be done. We had a pretty good stage position as well. Definitely got our money's worth with food and drinks by making use of the DJ time.

Waking up Saturday to do makeup after 1.5 hours of sleep was rough. But I did it, as I had to get two children ready. I had a frontline costume in my band which included butterfly wings. I also asked my bandleader to add some plumes to my headpiece. Now, I know that costumes are fab in TNT, but I was pleasantly surprised by my costume this year. The bandleaders set up mas camp in their home and do their own gluing, sewing, etc. The band leaders are a young married couple from south Trinidad. The wife's mother came up to help make costumes and distribute them, and she was definitely a warm and friendly mother. I ordered a decorated tank top that was FULLY decorated, and only had one line of thin braid fall off by the end of the day. They had plenty of drinks that did not run out, extra bags of ice, and cold water. The husband was not in costume and checked on everyone during the parade. But above all of that Saucy...the wife was in costume and she still offered to push my son in his stroller when he fell asleep. The staff that they have helping was thorough from start to finish, which is a welcome change from...well, you know where I'm going. They day ended with the bandleaders passing out food and even offering my son's godmother and my sister in law (both of whom did not play mas) any extra food. Totally an A+ experience!

We missed Xen last night because everyone overslept! So my DC carnival weekend is over, but for me, this was an outstanding year!

Exploring the Business of Carnival at UTT

The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) will host, "This Business of Carnival: Past, Present and Future", the first in a series of symposia which will address the business aspect of Carnival. This conference will explore Carnival's impact in strengthening the creative sector of the economy, highlight career paths which are linked to the festival and review the challenges, as well as the opportunities, which are inherent in Carnival. The three-day symposium will look at the growth and development of the national festival and particular attention will given to its viability and sustainability. The mechanisms for developing teaching guides, through consultation with stakeholders, and the establishment of a recruitment tool and research component for UTT's programmes, will also be discussed.

"This Business of Carnival: Past, Present and Future" takes place at the UTT Campus at NAPA from Monday 28 June, 2010 to Wednesday 30 June, 2010. Participants will be exposed to thematic offerings such as, "Developing Our Cultural Stock", "Building the Creative Economy" and "Strengthening the Future".

Persons are asked to pre-register. Please call 642 8888/ 223-4888 Ext# 27100, 27101 or 27122 for further details.
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