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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gems Conquest of Alexander

EXCELLENT video from Trinidad Events, who represented at Gems launch of "Conquest of Alexander" last night.  I feel like I did not miss anything with this video of the costume presentation, nice editing work!

 Check out Trinidad Events for LOTS  more photos and subscribe to Trinidad Events Youtube channel HERE.

Brian Mac Farlane - The Designer

Brian Mac Farlane's heart has always been into carnival, starting out as an unpaid proletariat with one of the bigger names in mas, Raoul Garib. He learned quickly and turned into a 'mas man' himself.

Brian's first Carnival King was portrayed by Junior Regrello which won South King of Carnival for his portrayal 'Prisma-Man of Colour'. He continued to do Kings and Queens of Carnival between then and 1994 which always placed in the top four of their respective competitions. It was in 1994 that Brian won his first King of Carnival and the best designer with the portrayal, 'The Conquest' by Anthony Paul. This costume went on that same year to be crowned 'Carnival King of the World', at the first ever, International King and Queen of Carnival Competition in Trinidad and Tobago which hosted entrants from some thirty-eight countries.

Brian has also designed for international bands, including one for Carnival in Australia. His creation won band of the year. A feat he repeated when he designed a band of the year for Carnival in Vancouver, Canada. In 2000 Brian designed for Rosalind Gabriel's junior Queen of Carnival entitled 'Exodus the Power and the Glory'. This spectacular creation gave the appearance of an entirely different design when the individual moved in different directions and broke all records for Carnival, winning the seventeen competitions in which it was entered. Later that year at the request of the Trinidad and Tobago Government, this costume was used in a performance for Prince Charles of The United Kingdom on the occasion of his official visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

Over the years Brian has designed Kings, Queens, and worked with all forms of mas. In 2005 he designed and led his first full presentation, 'The Washing by fire by water', which copped band of the year medium category title and created great hope for mas in Trinidad & Tobago. In 2006, his creation 'Threads of Joy'; won several accolades: Band of the Year Downtown, on the Greens, at the Renegade competition and 2nd place at the Savannah.

Brian continued his carnival tradition of hand crafting costumes for the theatre of the streets in last year's (2007) portrayal 'India: The Story of Boyie' which was the first ever portrayal of an entirely east Indian large band. This creation surpassed his efforts of 2005 and 2006 and received the top awards at all of the Carnival venues at which it was viewed. His 2007 presentation again copped Band of The Year Downtown, and on The Greens of Piccadilly. In addition, “India – The Story of Boyie” received the prestigious award of Band of the Year at The Savannah and was the highlight of the Champs in Concert.

In 2008 Brian’s presentation “Earth – Cries of Despair, Wings of Hope” copped first place in all of the major judging points.
A first for Trinidad Carnival, this band highlighted the effects man has had on his environment, and along with the endorsement of the United Nations sought to educate both masquerader and spectator of the potential benefits lifestyle changes can have on our environment.

2009 saw Brian again at the forefront Trinidad Carnival when his presentation “Africa – Her People, Her Glory, Her Tears” copped first place in all large band categories as well as the King and Queen of Carnival.

In 2010 Brian accomplished the Beaver Trick for the Large Band of the Year Title at the Queen’s Park Savannah with his winning portrayal of “Resurrection, the Mas” and garnered the Downtown title of Band of the Year in the Large Band Category for the Sixth consecutive time.

On the 31st August, 2010 at the Independence Day National Awards Ceremony Mr. MacFarlane was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in the sphere of carnival arts and culture.

Brian expects his 2011 presentation “Humanity, Circle of Life” to be his most creative and inspiring presentation to date.
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