Friday, January 18, 2013

$27.8M added to prize money for Carnival 2013

Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas told reporters Thursday Government has approved an increase of $27.8 million in funding for Carnival 2013.

Speaking at the post cabinet media briefing Douglas said, "We are looking to take our Carnival and the festivities to a different level. The redesign and enhancements of some of the major events surrounding the Carnival calendar have challenged us in a way that requires additional funding."

However he did not make a commitment for the additional funding to be available in future years

The initial budget for Carnival 2013 was $126 million. It's now up to $153.8 million. 
Douglas said he wants to increase the funding so people people involved in this cultural industry could earn an income from exporting T&T cultural products.

How $27.8m will be allocated:
  • $2.7 million in assistance to steel bands as the number of unsponsored bands has increased since last year
  • Funding for the Band of the Year Competition at $2.2 million
  • Funding of $2.5 million for Dimanche Gras show• $1.6 millionfor Kings and Queens of Carnival competition
  • $1,000 stipends to pan players which had been reduced to $800 in 2011
  • Big Friday King and Queen of Carnival final
  • Calypso Monarch final and an increase in prize money to calypsonians
  • Trinbago Unified Calypsonians calypso tents
  • Regional Carnivals in Arouca, Siparia, Central and South
  • A redesigned and redeveloped Carnival Village to be launched two weeks before Carnival

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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