Wednesday 25th April, 2018 – The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals’ Commission has announced it has tweaked the new carnival schedule that was released at the weekend following a meeting with key stakeholders.
In a statement, the Commission says during a meeting that included Minister for Festivals the Hon. Daryll Matthew, members of the calypso association headed by Eugene Silcott, Soca Monarch chairperson Herbert ‘Burga’ Joseph and chaired by Festivals Commission Chairperson Maurice Merchant; the grouping addressed issues to include private fetes, the calypso and soca monarch competitions, marketing, panorama, prize monies and the format of the various competitions during carnival.
In the interest of providing the best possible programme for visitors and local patrons, the Commission says the grouping consented to switching the days for the Caribbean Melting Pot show and the Calypso Monarch competition. The Caribbean Melting Pot show will now be held on Thursday 2nd August and the calypso monarch competition on Friday August 3.
Speaking after the decision was taken, Minister Matthew said “the meeting was very productive and cordial and it demonstrated that all the stakeholders have an interest in ensuring that the festival and its events attract the widest possible support from visitors and locals and continue to be relevant.” The minister added they believe that the changes to the Carnival schedule this year will place the festival on a competitive footing with festivals across the region.
The new carnival schedule was released on Saturday at the launch of Carnival 2018 on Independence Avenue following a series of consultations which began in 2016.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Festivals Commission, Maurice Merchant has announced that the Commission will commence discussions this week with stakeholders on a proposed new parade route for Carnival Tuesday. The proposed route will incorporate streets in and out of St. John’s city proper.
Antigua’s Carnival will be celebrated from July 27 to August 7 under a theme, “Revel in Greatness.”